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Installers are the route to energy efficiency

‘Labour must focus on registered heating engineers if they want to deliver on energy efficiency’ says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, in response to Labour’s plans for energy efficiency.

MPs support Gas Access Campaign

Momentum is continuing to gather behind the Gas Access Campaign, which is calling for changes to the current system available to local landlords who need to carry out gas safety checks in rented properties.

Funding for solid wall insulation under the second release of the GDHIF has closed

Up to £24 million worth of funding for solid wall insulation has been allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

Property company fined for gas safety neglect

A property firm in Richmond has been prosecuted for putting the lives of its tenants at risk by repeatedly failing to make sure the gas boilers in their homes were safe.

Building firm fined after worker suffers injuries from fall

Building firm Charles Henderson Construction has been fined for neglecting safety, after a carpenter broke his collarbone and rib when he fell through an unprotected roof light opening.

Community service for fraudulent gas fitter

A County Durham plumber has received community service for putting the lives of tenants at risk after deceiving landlords by claiming he was Gas Safe registered.

Industry responds to return of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The industry has given a mixed reaction to the reintroduction of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was originally launched in June and retracted a month later.

Private homes need CO guidance, shows survey

More than half of homeowners and private renters in England and Wales would take a tradesperson’s advice about which type of carbon monoxide (CO) alarm to buy, according to a recent survey conducted by YouGov for Honeywell.

Illegal gas fitter fined over £10,000 after falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered

An illegal gas fitter and the director of the company that hired him have been fined after dangerous work in six homes in Cornwall put families at risk.

HWA describes failure to address energy efficiency of UK housing stock in Autumn Statement as ‘disappointing and another missed opportunity’

The Hot Water Association has responded to the Chancellor's Autumn statement saying that the time for talking has passed and we need to start improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock now.

Installers encouraged to target private landlord opportunities under GDHIF

Private landlords should be a key target for any installer looking to take advantage of the opportunities created by the new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), says electric heating manufacturer Dimplex.

Construction Industry Helpline launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme recently invited members of the industry to a drinks reception at the Imperial War Museum, to support the launch of the Construction Industry Helpline by the Lighthouse Club.

Swale Heating backs Gas Access campaign

Swale Heating has thrown its weight behind a nationwide campaign that hopes to save lives by giving social landlords legal access to carry out gas safety checks in their properties.

Positive news for apprenticeships

From April 2016 the government will make it cheaper for employers to take on an apprentice by abolishing National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25, George Osborne announced in the Autumn Statement.

Green Deal Home Improvement fund to go live this Wednesday

The new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will open for applications on Wednesday 10 December, with up to £30 million in vouchers available and details of further releases to be announced on a quarterly basis.

Plumbing Pensions attempts to connect with lost members

It's staggering to realise that there are over one million people in the UK who have unclaimed pension benefits, with the total value of these benefits estimated to be worth over £4 billion!

Ask for Underfloor responds to slashing of stamp duty

BEAMA’s independent campaign Ask for Underfloor is welcoming George Osborne’s announcement in yesterday’s Autumn Statement that stamp duty will be cut for 98% of homeowners.

Industry welcomes reduction in RHI degression for small commercial biomass

The Department for Energy & Climate Change has announced that the RHI tariff for small commercial biomass is is to be degressed from 1 January 2015 by 10% rather than the anticipated 20%.

Changes to the Feed in Tariff will allow businesses to move solar panels

Businesses will be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate under proposed changes planned by government.

October strongest month for new housing since 2011

October was the strongest month for new housing registrations since June 2011, figures released by NHBC have revealed.

Community service for illegal gas installer

A plumber who put the lives of prospective home-owners in danger was sentenced to 140 hours community service after carrying out illegal gas work on appliances at a home Tiptree.

Baxi announces new partnership with NEST

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has entered a new partnership with Nest. The partnership will see Baxi incorporate Nest product training into its free one-day boiler training courses and make the Nest Learning Thermostat available to both its installer network and customers.

World Plumbing Council unveils research database

The World Plumbing Council (WPC) has launched a research database on its website, allowing users to follow plumbing and water-related research efforts around the globe.

Jill Cormack crowned top North East apprentice

A talented Gateshead College student has been named as the region’s top plumbing apprentice.

Shower tray manufacturer hit by fire

A fire has caused damage at MX Group’s manufacturing site in Tewkesbury.

Mul-T-Lock kick-starts van security campaign

Security product manufacturer Mul-T-Lock has launched ‘Lock Up Your Van’, a campaign appealing to van owners to update their vehicle security.

Homeowners show “alarming” level of concern about heating costs

British homeowners are preparing to wrap up indoors this winter as the cost of heating dominates their financial concerns.

GROHE and LIXIL acquire stake in DAWN Watertech and Sanitaryware

A joint venture between GROHE Group of Luxembourg and LIXIL Corporation of Japan has acquired 51% of the shares of new company GROHE DAWN Watertech Holdings Pty Ltd. The remaining 49% will continue to be owned by DAWN of South Africa.

Home businesses are turning to personal savings

Thirty-nine percent of home businesses have dipped into personal savings to fund short-term cash requirements for work, according to new research from Direct Line for Business.

Triton backs women in the industry

A new recruit at Triton, the Great British Shower Company, is hoping to buck a national trend by encouraging more young female engineers to follow her lead and take up a career in the manufacturing.

Josh plumbs new heights

Twenty-one year old Josh Ellis from Westmancoat Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Contractors has been crowned 2014 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in an intensive two-day practical competition at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show.

MP opens Worcester's new production line

Shadow chancellor, Ed Balls MP, and North East Derbyshire MP, Natascha Engel, officially opened Worcester, Bosch Group's new gas boiler production lin

WaterSafe welcomes the next generation

WaterSafe has pledged its full support to young tradespeople entering the industry, following new research which reveals that many parents think having a plumbing qualification is better than a degree.

HHIC calls on installers to stay 'fake free'

Heating engineers need to carefully check the spares they fit this winter in case they aren't the real deal, according to the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Illegal gas work puts homeowners in danger

A self-employed builder, who illegally installed a wall-mounted gas boiler and associated pipe-work, has been fined for putting the lives of homeowners at risk.

Industry supports consumer controls campaign

Heating controls manufacturer Honeywell has welcomed the introduction of the new 'Control your Home' campaign led by BEAMA.

Suspected gas explosion destroys Southampton home

A man and his four-year-old daughter were rescued from their Southampton home after a suspected gas explosion this morning.

DECC takes to Twitter to discuss climate change

A day long Climate Change Tweetathon will take place on Tuesday 25 November, run by the Department for Energy & Climate Change with input from a range of businesses and organisations, including the UN, Microsoft and The Wildlife Trusts.

Workplaces encouraged to climb the safety ladder

Installers are being encouraged to get involved with the Ladder Exchange Scheme, which aims to eradicate dangerous ladders from UK workplaces by offering substantial discounts when they are exchanged for new ones

Cross-party report calls on the next government to set heat as a policy priority for the coming decade

The future government is being called to set heat as a policy priority for the coming decade in an independent report published in Parliament on 17 November.

IGEM joins industry debate regarding future heat

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, the chartered body representing the gas industry, has reacted to a think tank report that suggests the use of gas to heat buildings could fall by 75 to 95% by 2050.

New plumbing and heating qualification from Logic4Training

Logic4training has expanded its provision of apprenticeship schemes by launching an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating for those in the Luton area.

Demand for trademen increases as nation falls out of love with DIY

Business is looking up for the UK tradespeople as Britons increasingly down tools and turn to the professionals to carry out work on their home improvement projects, according to research from www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk.

Win £100 Sainsbury vouchers in White Heat Twitter campaign

To celebrate the launch of the WH80 and WH90 White Heat range of combi boilers, The White Boiler Company, part of the Ravenheat Group, has announced a dedicated Twitter campaign.

Online course launched for energy managers

Leonardo Energy, a Copper Alliance initiative, is offering a free online course for energy managers with an interest in improving their organisation's energy performance and implementing an energy management system.

EUA launches energy manifesto at Ed Miliband meeting

The Energy & Utilities Alliance has launched its political manifesto for 2015 after meeting with Ed Miliband at the University of Warwick.

BEAMA awareness campaign highlights risks of poor indoor air quality

Following a number of reports revealing that Brits are at risk of suffering from serious health issues linked to poor ventilation in UK homes, BEAMA, the electro technical industry body for the UK, is taking action to raise building industry awareness of the importance of effective household ventilation.

Health and safety initiative finds 40% of construction sites unsafe

The construction industry is being urged to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place after a month long inspection initiative run by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found 40% of sites failing to properly protect workers.

Trimble acquires Amtech Group

Amtech Group Ltd has been acquired by Trimble, a building construction solutions provider based in Sunnyvale, California.

'Control Your Home' campaign to push for heating controls in every home

BEAMA launched the cross industry campaign 'Control Your Home' at the PHEX Chelsea exhibition this week to tackle to 11 million UK households paying too much to heat their homes.