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Developer in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos

A construction firm has been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres during the conversion of an office block into residential flats in Witham, Essex.

New hires for Boiler Servicing 24-7

Berkshire plumbing firm Boiler Servicing 24-7 has announced the appointment of Garry Nation and Johnathan Blake.

iKBBI aims to fill UK installer job openings

Installers are being sought to fill vacant positions across the UK by The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI), working on behalf of installation standards partners, members and associates.

Research reveals UK’s hardest places to find construction jobs

The areas in the UK where construction workers are most struggling to find regular work has been revealed by constructaquote.com research.

Changes considered for purchase protections for SMEs

Government is calling for evidence regarding current purchase protection legislation affecting small businesses, and APHC is urging installers to get involved.

Call for industry to pull together and fight EU VAT ruling

The European Court of Justice ruled in favour of a legal attempt by the European Commission to outlaw reduced VAT rates on energy-saving products for the home, which could drive up the cost of renewables for UK consumers. 

Obituary: Edward Van Win, formerly EOGB and OFTEC

Edward Van Win, who worked in the industry for many years and held roles at both EOGB and OFTEC, has died, his family has announced.

Three in four installers admit to feeling unprepared for ErP

Around 78% of installers do not feel prepared ahead of the introduction of the ErP Energy Labelling Directive this September, a survey by Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed.

UK Worker of the Year 2015 is open for entries

Dickies has launched this year’s search for the UK Worker of the Year, after plumbing and heating engineer from Barnet, Chris Teale, scooped the 2014 title.

NAPIT launches new and improved website

NAPIT has launched a brand new website, to make it easier for tradespeople to join, self-certify their work, manage their membership and boost their online presence.

Oil prices fall, making it the cheapest of all major heating fuels

Heating oil prices have fallen even further, with oil now 13% cheaper than mains gas to heat the average home, according to the latest figures from the Sutherland Tables.

SEA brands EU court ruling over reduced rate of VAT for energy saving materials perverse and hypocritical

The European Court of Justice has ruled against the UK government's policy of applying a reduced rate of VAT for the supply and installation of energy-saving and renewable measures.

Introduce mandatory insulation for every UK home, report says

The government needs to urgently introduce legislation for a national insulation programme to cover every UK home, a report issued by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has said.

Government prioritising energy security over promoting green initiatives, APHC says

A greater emphasis is to be placed on securing a reliable energy supply by the government, a decision that is to the detriment of renewables according to the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors’ (APHC) chief executive.

EU Court says 'no' to reduced VAT for energy-saving measures

The European Court of Justice has dealt a blow to the UK government's policy of applying a reduced rate of VAT for the supply and installation of energy-saving and renewable measures such as solar panels.

BEAMA launches campaign for ‘Healthy Home Mark’

BEAMA is taking action to help protect and improve indoor air quality, after a new survey reveals just 8% of UK residents have a continuous mechanical ventilation system in place.

Gas Safe Register highlights summer CO dangers

Gas Safe Register is warning the British public about the dangers of using gas appliances and barbecues after new research reveals that every day last summer 189 homes faced a dangerous gas emergency.

NIBE partners with NAPIT to open fourth training centre

Renewable heating manufacturer NIBE has opened its fourth UK training facility at an existing NAPIT Training centre.

Heating company shortlisted for 2015 FSB Business Awards

Local heating company C&J Heating has been named as a finalist for the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) Stevenage Business of the Year, at the 2015 FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards.

New housing registrations continue to rise, reports NHBC

The number of new homes registered across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to NHBC.

Rural Energy and Herz offer free biomass boiler workshop

Biomass boiler distributors Rural Energy and Herz are inviting heating engineers to attend open days with free biomass workshops, taking place from 15 to 18 June 2015 at their Biomass Training & Skills Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

Council fined for exposing workers to asbestos

Waltham Forest borough council has been fined after it exposed members of staff and visiting contractors to the potentially lethal dangers of asbestos, which it knew to be present in the town hall basement.

Northern Ireland householders encouraged to take advantage of boiler replacement scheme

Householders in Northern Ireland are being encouraged by OFTEC to check their eligibility for the boiler replacement scheme following a £2 million investment to extend the scheme until 2016.

Derbyshire man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A Derbyshire heating and plumbing engineer has been prosecuted for illegal gas work that potentially endangered lives.

Queen's speech outlines Conservative government plans, but doesn't go far enough to ensure energy security

In a speech at the State Opening of Parliament 2015, Her Majesty the Queen outlined the main policies the Conservative government will be pursuing over the next five years.

Plumbing lecturers put to the test at apprenticeship final

The final of the National Apprentice of the Year Award, which took place on 30 April at Adey Heating Systems in Cheltenham, was the culmination of six months of regional heats to find Britain's premier plumbing apprentice.

Government to tackle late payments to SMEs

Proposals by the New Business Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, to combat late payments to small firms as part of The Enterprise Bill have been cautiously welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Skin cancer warning for contractors

Contractors are being warned to protect themselves and their employees from harmful sun exposure following the publication of a series of new studies that found construction workers are at a heightened risk of skin cancer, ahead of a predicted summer heatwave.

Thousands of contractors expected at 'meet the buyer' event

Thousands of contractors from across the UK are expected to attend a free event at the Oval Cricket Ground in London next month to find out about millions of pounds worth of work opportunities.

APHC urges action on Legionnaires' prevention

The Association of Heating and Plumbing Contractors (APHC) is reminding businesses and landlords to ensure they are meeting regulations to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease following a report from Public Health England (PHE) on the death of three men from the disease.

Plumbing student wins top award

Exeter resident Josh Ellis has been awarded the title of the South West’s 2015 VQ Learner of the Year, in recognition of his outstanding achievement completing a vocational qualification in plumbing at Exeter College.

Worcester aims to make ErP as easy as A, B, C

Domestic heating manufacturer Worcester Bosch has pledged to make ErP “as easy as A, B, C”, by dedicating a week in June to educating installers on the requirements of a new EU directive.

NAPIT campaigns for a better industry

NAPIT has launched a campaign to promote the interests of registered tradespeople across the UK.

CO study aims to highlight number of people exposed to low levels of the poisonous gas

The East of England Ambulance carbon monoxide (CO) screening study, announced by the Gas Safety Trust in December 2014, has now formally commenced.

Photovoltaics are the top choice for Housing Associations

Solar photovoltaics (PV) are the most popular choice of sustainable technology for housing associations, a new report by the NHBC Foundation has found, with around three quarters saying they would use PV products again in the future.

Renewable Heat take up fails to meet targets

The domestic Renewable heat Incentive (RHI) is failing to attract sufficient support to meet DECC's ambitious carbon reduction targets, according to the Oil Fired Technical Association (OFTEC).

Workloads continue to increase for SMEs

Workloads are growing for small-to-medium (SME) construction firms, although tight margins and growing costs are continuing to limit profits, according to a survey of almost 1,000 construction firms by Constructionline.

Torquay kitchen fitter left gas work in a dangerous state

A kitchen fitter left a gas pipe in a dangerous state during renovations at a home in Torquay, having falsely claimed to be Gas Safe registered, leaving his customers at risk of explosion.

Consumers most trust plumbers in their 40s, but don't ask to see credentials

With the ever-present threat of rogue installers, WaterSafe is warning consumers that age is no indication of professional kudos when choosing a plumber.

Consumer understanding of risk must be improved as figures show only 20% respond to product recalls

Responding to the government’s Review of the UK’s System for the Recall of Unsafe Products, Electrical Safety First has highlighted the need for a more robust system of recalls and urgent action to increase consumer understanding of risk.

A quarter of construction workers failed to vote

One-quarter of registered individuals who work in the construction industry did not vote during last week's general election, according to new research by www.constructaquote.com.

Tradespeople 'becoming complacent' about asbestos

Tradespeople are becoming complacent about their risk of exposure to asbestos, according to a survey from Jefferies Solicitors.

CIPHE celebrates student success

An enthusiastic audience of 170 people, including lecturers and students from six colleges, attended the recent Student Awards Dinner organised by the Kent Branch of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Industry's role in promoting energy efficiency under the new government

Following the result of the general election and the subsequent cabinet reshuffle, industry sets out its hopes for energy efficiency and renewables under the new government.

'No' to new business as skills shortage bites

The UK construction skills shortage is forcing many firms to turn away work according to new findings from ECIS, the employee benefits company for the construction industry.

Aspect.co.uk offers funding towards plumbing diploma

The 'plumbers of tomorrow' are being sought as part of a new competition launched by property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk.

Plumber prosecuted for second time in four months

Plumber Matthew Congdon, 33, of Westby Road, Bude, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the second time in four months for undertaking gas work while not on the Gas Safe Register.

TrustMark wants you! Heating and plumbing industry representatives sought for TrustMark board

Representatives from the heating and plumbing industry are being sought to join the Board of TrustMark, the government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home.

B&Q choose NICEIC to carry out electrical installations

Consumers are set to benefit from a new partnership between B&Q Homefit and NICEIC.

New Conservative government needs to focus on energy efficiency and house building

The new Cabinet is being called upon to make housing its biggest priority, following the Conservative’s landslide win in this year’s General Election.