Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
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.

Possible merger for Carillion and Balfour Beatty

Carillion and Balfour Beatty have confirmed that they are in preliminary talks over a possible merger between the two companies.

Builder sentenced for 'illegal and incompetent' gas work

The senior partner of a building firm in Crawley has been sentenced after carrying out illegal and incompetent work on gas fittings and exposing a local family to the dangers of fire or explosion.

HSE inspection campaign targets poor site safety

A targeted campaign of construction site inspections has seen enforcement action taken at one in six sites across the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Ideal Boilers calls for mandatory CO alarms

Ideal Boilers is supporting a campaign to change the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, to prevent further deaths from the poisonous gas.

Flogas' Premium Partner scheme offers new opportunities for installers

Flogas Renewables has announced the launch of its Premium Partner scheme to enable Solar PV installers to work on large-scale projects without credit ratings and cash-flow becoming a problem.

Industry responds to closure of Green Deal Fund

The industry has expressed its disappointment following the Department of Energy & Climate Change's (DECC) announcement of the closure of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) effective immediately.

DECC closes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been closed to applications with immediate effect.

Summer increase in construction & engineering recruitment

According to research from Randstad - the construction & civil engineering recruiter - June is the best month for employers to try and fill professional level vacancies in construction and engineering.

New firm helps tradespeople gain the right qualifications

A new organisation has been set up to help trainee plumbers, electricians and renewable energy installers get their qualifications for jobs.

Flue gas heat recovery removed from Green Deal Fund

Industry has described as "disappointing" DECC's decision to remove passive flue gas heat recovery (PFGHR) from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

NIA calls on energy companies to reinvest green tax cuts in home insulation

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has called for the excess cost savings of the reviewed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to be invested in providing additional insulation measures for struggling households.

Industry figures discuss Domestic RHI so far

Last week marked 100 days since the launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). On Wednesday 16 July, the All-Party Parliamentary Renewable & Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) held a seminar at the House of Commons to discuss the scheme's progress with industry and government representatives.

TrustMark and Endsleigh improve landlord access to expert installers

TrustMark has formed a partnership with Endsleigh - an independent intermediary providing insurance and financial products - to improve access for landlords looking for expert tradespeople to carry out improvements and repairs on their rental properties.

DECC "ignoring" off-gas grid consumers, claims Calor

Calor has claimed that off gas grid consumers looking to improve their energy efficiency are being "ignored" by the government and excluded from help under FiTs, the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal. UPDATED: DECC responds.

Government must provide clear energy regulations to maintain property investor confidence, says BPF

The property industry has called on government to ensure that all future energy performance targets are implemented with a clear trajectory to maintain investor confidence, following the launch of consultations on the Minimum Building Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund issues almost £50 million in six weeks

An encouraging public and industry response to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has seen more than £43 million worth of vouchers issued in the first six weeks, and over £50 million applied for.

Government announcements signal green light for investment in low-carbon buildings, says UK-GBC

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today responded to two policy announcements relating to green buildings from the government.

Flogas Renewables offers free advice to installers

Flogas Renewables is inviting solar PV installers from across the UK to attend a series of information days in August, looking at the future trends of the industry and the products helping to shape the market.

Public want change to water sector but fear price rises

Rising water prices and bills are householders' biggest fears for the future of the water industry, according to a report from Talis UK.

New proposals require government to tackle fuel poverty

Under proposals published today (22 July), future governments will be legally required to tackle fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes in England more energy efficient.

TrustMark's new chief executive looks to the future

Simon Ayers has joined TrustMark as its new chief executive, taking over from Alan Slaney who ran the organisation as interim chief executive officer since June 2013. Mr Slaney has now returned to the Board as a non-executive director.

Housing bubble sparks fears for future of property maintenance industry

Property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk is concerned for its sector's future due to the rising costs of property prices.

Open day at the Pink Training Academy

Ideal Boilers is the proud sponsor of a specialised training facility for female installers, The Pink Training Academy, which will open its doors on 29 July.

Developer sent to prison for repeatedly breaching safety laws

Developer Eze Kinsley, has been sent to prison for 30 months after repeatedly breaching prohibition notices which were put in place to ensure the safety of workers while redeveloping a former office block in Parkeston, Essex.

Debt crisis leaves vulnerable construction firms suffering, says Debt Guard

According to Debt Guard Solicitors, construction small & medium enterprises (SMEs) were burdened with an average trade debt of £484,000 during the last financial year. They suggest that the strain on the sector's smallest firms remains severe despite the economic upturn.

Ideal Boilers names September 'Learn to Earn' month

Ideal Boilers has named September 'Learn to Earn' month to encourage installers to take advantage of training courses to update their knowledge and skills.

New B&ES president calls for co-operation in an era of change

Construction and building engineering services are living through an era of unprecedented change according to Andy Sneyd, newly elected president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

Saniflo backs the Pink Training Academy

Saniflo is supporting the Pink Training Academy - a Derby-based plumbing & heating training academy for women. The company is sponsoring one of the Academy's training bays and will supply a series of macerators for the women to train with.

New survey reveals top supplier turn-offs

A survey commissioned by Signs Express revealed businesses in the UK construction and property sector are being let down by bad supplier practices, which may have an impact on the UK's economic recovery.

The National Skills Academy and FMB offer more benefits to builders

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has joined forces with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), to encourage FMB members into delivering renewable and low carbon measures through support and discounted Academy courses.

Swiftclean welcomes changes to classification of ventilation systems

Managing director of Swiftclean Building Services Gary Nicholls has welcomed recent changes to the B&ES Steering Committee's TR/19.

Hot Water Association welcomes new member

Manufacturer of heating elements and equipment, Heatrod Elements, has joined the Hot Water Association (HWA).

Committee on Climate Change warns UK will miss carbon targets

The government is on track to miss targets to reduce carbon emissions, according to a report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Under the current rate of progress, the UK will only reduce its carbon emissions by 21-23% between 2013 and 2025.

Zero Carbon Hub releases performance gap report

The Zero Carbon Hub has proposed several solutions to the performance gap issue in its End of Term report, which was launched on 8 July.

Industry partnership launched to tackle dangers of construction dust

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that construction workers are at a high risk from breathing in dust. In response to the dangers of dust consumption, the industry has launched the Construction Dust Partnership - a network of partners committed to tackling the issue - supported by HSE.

Builder prosecuted after causing dangerous blockage above gas fire

Work carried out on a chimney stack by roofing contractor John Stanley, caused a blockage above a gas fire exposing an elderly couple to deadly fumes.

Plumb and Parts Center supports two charities

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Katie Haines Memorial Trust, promoting the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, are Plumb and Parts Center's new charity partners.

Date set for House of Lords review into boiler procurement in social housing

A review organised by the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) is being held in the House of Lords on 17 July, 2014.

New president for the Building & Engineering Services Association

Andy Sneyd has been elected president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) for 2014/15.

Rebrand for Baxi's Interpart division

Baxi has announced a new name for its Interpart division - Baxi Genuine Parts. From July 15, 2014 Interpart will be rebranded as Baxi Genuine Parts, in order to promote the advantages of dealing with Baxi and its core focuses: high-quality standards, reliability and safety

Skills shortages affecting building industry, warns FMB

Skills shortages in the building industry are affecting the economic recovery, according to a recent survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

New skills academy in South Gloucestershire

Plumbing and trades tutor Shane McCallum, has set up the South West Construction Academy with his wife Nikki to cater for the growing need for trained construction workers.

IGEM's carbon monoxide conference a success

The gas industry gathered at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre for the annual IGEM Carbon Monoxide: Knowledge is Power conference.

Baxi committed to promoting gas safety all year round

Baxi - sponsors of this year's Gas Safety Week - is keen to remind people that gas safety is important throughout the year, and not just in Gas Safety Week.

Suffolk heating engineer cleared of manslaughter

A heating engineer accused of killing 72-year-old Annette Coe by failing to properly service her boiler has been cleared of manslaughter.