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Pilot scheme helps plumbers report high-risk work directly to water companies

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Severn Trent Water have joined together to pilot a scheme where WaterSafe-approved contractors can directly report any defective plumbing work to the relevant water company.

Solfex energy systems partners with Hitachi

Solfex energy systems, part of the Travis Perkins Group, has announced a partnership with air source heat pump manufacturer Hitachi.

Landlord fined for serious safety breaches

A Slough landlord has been fined for serious safety breaches after he left a young family in potential danger for nearly four years by repeatedly failing to check the gas appliances in a property he rented to them.

OFTEC evidence leads to CO poisoning conviction

The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) has given evidence at a recent court case over a carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning fatality in Suffolk.

Building firm director in court over health risk

The director of Stockport-based building firm CSC Construction has been fined, after workers' health was put at risk for more than three months.

Wet bank holiday sees increase in Brits carrying out home improvements

A study by RatedPeople.com has revealed that British homeowners used the wet weather over the August bank holiday to carry out home improvement jobs.

Wavin kicks off Hep2O Big Match

Plumbers across the country are once again being given the chance to win VIP tickets to an English Premier League, Scottish Premier or Aviva Premiership game of their choice, thanks to Wavin's Hep2O Big Match promotion.

From city worker to plumber

A former city worker has shown it's never too late to change career path, after becoming a plumber aged 43.

Plumb Center responds to latest RHI figures

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has released the latest figures for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The numbers show that from April to July 2014, 7,418 homes have applied for payments under the domestic RHI. Tim Pollard, Plumb and Parts Center's head of sustainability shares his view.

NAPIT stresses the importance of apprenticeships

More needs to be done to encourage younger people to train to become installers, NAPIT Training has said.

Survey reveals public attitudes towards tradesmen and women

A survey commissioned by Checkatrade.com has revealed the public's attitudes towards tradespeople. The results show one in five would rather have a man to carry out DIY work, because "manual trades are a man's world" according to more than 45% of people in the Midlands, North East, Wales and the South West.

Water companies are beating water waste, says Talis UK

Water companies are successfully getting their messages across to the British public about the importance of using water more efficiently, according to a new study.

Energy bills are the "number-one worry" for householders

Energy bills are more of a concern for homeowners than paying rent or mortgage, according to a recent study carried out by DIY retail group Kingfisher.

Letting agency fined for neglecting property gas safety checks

A Birmingham letting agency has been fined after failing to ensure gas safety checks were made on a property it managed.

Gas engineer given suspended prison sentence after faulty service

A Gas Safe registered engineer has been given a suspended prison sentence after carbon monoxide fumes from an incorrectly serviced gas-fired heater left a tenant unconscious.

Climote announces partnership with energy giant

Irish home technology company climote has announced a partnership with ScottishPower, winning a global tender that will see their intelligent thermostats offered to ScottishPower's 5.6 million UK customers.

Growth in the housing sector is good news for installers, says CPA

Private housing starts are set to increase by 18% this year to 134,170 units, showing positive development in the housing sector. According to recent government figures, Help to Buy sales have hit a monthly high, with 4,357 sales made under the equity loan scheme in June 2014 - the highest monthly total since the scheme launched in April 2013.

Could you be Bathroom Singer of the Year?

Twyford has launched its fun-focused Bathroom Singer of the Year 2014 competition, to raise money for this year's Children in Need campaign.

Construction SMEs offered work on Surrey housing development

Construction businesses in Surrey are being invited to meet procurement directors from Kier Partnership Homes to gain an understanding of how to compete for £40 million on a new housing scheme.

Mistubishi Electric relocates in Bristol

Mitsubishi Electric is expanding into new offices within Bristol's northern business district.

The search is on for Britain's Top Tradesman 2014

Tradesmen from across the UK and Northern Ireland are invited to enter this year's Britain's Top Tradesman competition from Screwfix.

Greenworks sees golden opportunity to keep Britain's homes warm

Greenworks Training Academy has announced its support of the government’s plans to tackle fuel poverty, following confirmation of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme’s extension until 2017.

HVP READER SURVEY 2014

We would like to invite you to take part in this year's HVP magazine Reader Survey.

Have your boiler serviced now, says APHC

Thirty percent of 1,000 homeowners in England and Wales have not had their boiler serviced in the last 12 months, and 14% have not had their boiler checked for over two years, according to recent research by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors.

Drayton invites installers and homeowners to Control Hub

Drayton is hosting its inaugural Control Hub event, the first in a series of annual forums taking place throughout the country.

Medway Council offers local businesses the chance to work on framework schemes

Kent construction companies are invited to meet decision-makers from Medway Council to find out about securing local work opportunities with its upcoming plans.

Rising optimism within heating and plumbing industry

Research from Uponor shows 90% of heating and plumbing installers are enthusiastic about the year head.

Firms in court after worker's life-threatening roof fall

Two firms have been sentenced for safety failings after Peter Tracey, a Liverpool worker, suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell through the roof of a former Cheshire factory.

Mayor delivers funding to support energy-saving in homes

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has announced a major funding boost to help improve affordable homes in poor condition and support energy-saving works to thousands of homes across London.

Majority of Britons support fracking, according to new survey

A public opinion poll has found widespread support for natural gas production from shale, with more than three times as many Britons supporting production than opposing.

Industry shows support for Trailblazer apprenticeship

The findings from research into apprenticeships in the plumbing and heating industry was recently discussed at the House of Lords, in an event hosted by Baroness Wall of New Barnet.

Plumbers 'are paying for worthless legal fees insurance'

Hundreds of plumbers are paying for worthless legal fees insurance to cover employment tribunals, according to HR compliance advisor HR4UK.

Growth is a gas for Coventry energy firm

Coventry-based Synergy Gas Services, which started off as a one-man operation 12 months ago, now boasts a 14-strong workforce, with plans to expand further.

Contractor convicted of stealing £372,000

An electrical contractor from Stoke-on-Trent has been ordered to repay £110,756 or spend an additional two years in jail following years of fraudulent VAT repayment claims.

Government proposes tough penalties for energy market manipulation

Anyone found guilty of rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices could face up to two years in jail, under proposals put forward by Energy & Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey yesterday (6 July).

What the UK thinks about its homes

The UK public's attitude towards their homes and energy saving has been revealed by the Energy Saving Trust, in the first of a series of public opinion trackers known as UK Pulse.

Successful launch for the Pink Training Academy

The opening of a specialised training facility for women in Derby attracted visitors from around the UK at its official launch in July.

Installers should 'take advantage of GDHIF work'

ECIC is urging installers to take advantage of GDHIF in the next six months - but to ensure they have adequate cover and accreditations in place first.

Test Products International acquires C-Cubed

JP Aleskus Jr., president of US company Test Products International (TPI), has announced the purchase of British firm C-Cubed.

Almost a third of construction firms back zero-hours contracts

A survey by Close Brothers Business Barometer has revealed almost a third (32%) of UK construction businesses are in favour of zero-hours contracts despite the widespread controversy surrounding them.

Gas fitter sentenced after repeated illegal gas work

A gas fitter has been given a suspended prison sentence for carrying out repeated illegal and dangerous gas work at homes and businesses in Norfolk.

Construction firms fined after workers hurt in scaffold collapse

A house builder and a scaffolding company have been fined after two bricklayers were hurt falling from an unsafe scaffold.

OFTEC launches campaign to encourage consumers to "think tank"

OFTEC has teamed up with the Environment Agency and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) to launch a new 'Tank Safe' campaign. They are urging the one million oil using homes in England, Wales and Scotland to carry out crucial safety checks on their storage tanks during the summer months.

Viessmann purchases electronic control supplier PSV

The Viessmann Group has acquired Project Service and Valve (PSV).

Wilo's photographic competition launched

Following a successful internal competition in 2013, Wilo UK has launched a national photographic competition, 'Wilo loves Water'.

Fatality figures at record low after 40 years of Health and Safety at Work Act

The number of fatalities at work in Britain has dropped by 85% over the past 40 years, from more than 650 every year in 1974 to a record low of 133 today, according to the Health & Safety Executive.

Calor offers LPG training support

Calor, supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is offering heating installers the chance to go 'back to school' and brush up on their skills with a £200 contribution towards LPG safety training.

New Legionella laws for landlords and letting agents

Logic Certification has updated its Legionella Prevention and Water Treatment course, in response to the revised legislation regarding the potential threat of legionella bacteria in rented properties.

Bankruptcies continue to decline for Scottish construction industry

There was positive news for the Scottish construction industry today (29 July) as new figures show the number of construction companies going bankrupt fell from 18 in the second quarter of 2013 to 11 in quarter two of 2014.

Survey reveals employer insurance is unclear for construction workers

Almost 60% of UK construction site workers wrongly believe that their employers must have insurance in place to pay their salaries and medical benefits if they are off work, according to a survey conducted for Sovereign Health Care.