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Closing the gap between design and as-built performance

According to Zero Carbon Hub, the non-profit organisation holding operational responsibility to achieve the government's target of zero carbon homes in England from 2016, there is now clear evidence of a 'Performance Gap' between the as-designed and as-built energy performance of new homes.

Norwich building company prosecuted after employee severs finger at work

WS Lusher & Son Ltd was fined after an employee lost a finger on a poorly guarded machine. The worker, who does not wish to be named, was operating a vertical spindle moulding machine to cut a groove in a straight piece of wood when his right hand came into contact with the cutter, severing the little finger.

Cumbrian oil firm in court after employee falls from tanker

Cumbrian oil distributor, Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd, appeared in court for safety breaches after an employee fell from the top of a tanker and broke his arm.

Climate Center launches new website to transform speed of delivery to customers

Climate Center, a UK cooling distributor, has launched a new transactional website that gives customers access to stock and pricing information and allows customers to order products online.

Funding growth still a major concern for construction firms

A recent survey has revealed almost two thirds of UK construction businesses plan to seek funding for growth in the next year, but over half of that number are worried their bank will turn them down.

The eu.bac label's third life is about to begin

The European Building Automation and Controls Association 'the eu.bac' has modified its labelling design after its initial development earlier this year.

New legislation requires regular training

New government legislation, coming into force this month, means that all HETAS registrants on the Competent Person Scheme (CPS) will be required to have attended a training course - or a refresher course - within the last five years.

CHOICE training backs 'Get Girls Plumbing' campaign

WaterSafe's recently-launched 'Get Girls Plumbing' campaign has received a boost from CHOICE training in Dagenham, east London, which is giving four women the chance to undertake free training to embark on a career in plumbing.

Air conditioning sales increase 'lies ahead'

Distributor Hushon is gearing up for an anticipated increase in demand for replacement air conditioning as the deadline for R22 phase-out approaches at the end of this year.

Infographic outlines ErP directive

To help installers understand the ErP Directive, Baxi has produced the attached info-graphic.

HETAS clarifies CE marking requirements

HETAS has agreed a statement with Trading Standards following confusion over the CE marking of solid fuel, wood and biomass appliances.

Research project into apprenticeships launched

A research project to explore apprenticeships and industry perceptions of professional recognition across the plumbing and heating sector is to be carried out by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering and SummitSkills.

Tackling late payments

The Business Secretary is proposing new measures for greater transparency of company payment practices to help smaller firms get paid on time.

Sustained house-building growth continues throughout April, reports NHBC

The number of new homes being registered continues to improve on last year's figures, according to home registration statistics for the UK released by NHBC on 30 May.

New tariffs for non-domestic RHI

The government announced changes to the non-domestic RHI on 28 May, introducing new technologies to be covered by the scheme and new tariffs, which may affect existing participants.

EUA welcomes shale gas consultation

The Energy & Utilities Alliance has welcomed the government consultation into land access issues for shale exploration.

Half of all homeowners have requested cash-in-hand building work

More than 55% of all homeowners have requested cash-in-hand building work to avoid paying VAT, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders.

Part L paves the way for increased energy efficiency in Wales

Ambitious targets laid out under Part L of the Welsh Building Regulations have been welcomed by a leading commercial and industrial heating manufacturer.

HHIC asks DECC for clarity on any plans it has to pass costs of Green Deal on to the Industry

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council has called for clarity on any plans the Department of Energy & Climate Change may have to pass the cost of Gre

Talking to the people in the know

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) will be expanding its installer engagement, communicating with more installers' right across the length and breadth of the UK.

UK construction firms fear major skills shortage

Two fifths (41%) of construction companies in the UK believe the industry will face a serious skills shortage as the economy continues to recover over the next five years, a survey has revealed.

Green Deal "shot in the arm" for homeowners but concerns remain over ECO

The government has given its beleaguered Green Deal scheme a much needed "shot in the arm" with new incentives for homeowners, according to Adam Mitchell, founder of national installer network Futureproof.

Industry confidence grows in Scotland

The number of Scottish construction companies recruiting apprentices is expected to increase by 9% over the next 12 months, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor - a quarterly survey of the membership of the Scottish Building Federation.

TrustMark welcomes new guideline on tougher sentencing for rogue traders

A new sentencing guideline published last week has been welcomed by TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark for reputable tradesmen, as it could mean tougher sentencing for rogue traders who defraud and rip off the public.

The business benefits of health and safety

With the recent publication of UK Q1 business investment figures, a new literature review by the British Safety Council is a clear reminder that effectively investing to reduce workplace risks can save lives and save money.

Asbestos firm's errors exposed workers to hidden killer

A specialist asbestos removal company has been fined after it exposed workers to dangerous fibres during demolition of a former school building.

Work opportunities for Scottish builders

Constructionline is hosting a free event for builders in Scotland, where they can meet Seddon's procurement team to learn about winning work on a newbuild care home.

'Boiler on Prescription' scheme launched

Social business Gentoo Group has set up a 'Boiler on Prescription' scheme for NHS patients suffering from respiratory conditions caused by cold homes.

Installers called to support change to law on carbon monoxide alarms

Installers are being urged to sign an e-petition, which aims to save lives by sparking a change in the law on carbon monoxide alarms.

Worker who exposed himself to asbestos "beggars belief"

A supervisor in charge of removing asbestos from a Canterbury school boiler house has been prosecuted after he recklessly exposed himself to the dangerous material.

Building contractor fined after exposing homeowners to asbestos

Suffolk-based Columbus Building Contractors has been fined after exposing workers and homeowners to asbestos material during work on an Ipswich home.

Consumers are not checking qualifications, research shows

Consumers are not asking for proof of industry qualifications, according to recent findings from a poll conducted by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors.

Energy-efficiency measures can help decrease anxiety, suggests NEA

National Energy Action (NEA) has voiced its support of Mental Health Awareness week, which this year took place from 12 - 18 May.

New Legionella outbreaks cause concern

Two new Legionella outbreaks has raised awareness of the need to maintain strict water hygiene.

Landlord ignores gas safety warnings

A Blackburn landlord has been fined after she ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check at a property with five gas appliances.

New housebuilding a 'missed opportunity' for solar

Trina Solar has called on the industry to pay more attention to solar energy as housebuilding figures continue to rise.

"Worrying" lack of CO awareness discovered by poll

Shockingly few people understand the symptoms and characteristics of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, according to a recent online poll.

Green Deal Finance Company ends early repayment charges

The Green Deal Finance Company has removed early repayment charges on all future Green Deal Plans.

Unregistered gas fitter continues to flout the law

A Radstock man has been prosecuted for illegal gas work at properties in Shepton Mallet, Midsomer Norton and Paulton.

Association lobbies government to include hot water cylinders in Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Hot Water Association is calling on government to include hot water cylinders in the list of approved energy efficiency measures outlined in the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

Installers are invited to the launch of PHEX+ at Alexandra Palace next week

Bringing both the commercial and domestic sides of the market together under one roof, PHEX+ will run from 10am - 4pm on Tuesday 20 May and Wednesday 21 May, expanding to meet installer demand.

Green Deal's quality assurance scheme for installers does not imply quality installation

PAS2030, an accreditation scheme that all gas engineers must have prior to being allowed to undertake work on the government's Green Deal scheme, does not imply a quality installation will be carried out, says director of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, Roger Webb.

Gas Industry Awards 2014 honours outstanding achievements

The winners of the Gas Industry Awards 2014 were announced at London's Park Lane Hilton on 14 May 2014, honouring the outstanding people and companies who have helped to make the gas industry great through innovative new processes, exceptional individual enthusiasm and personal commitment.

Rural energy to showcase cutting-edge biomass technology in open week

Leading green energy expert Rural Energy is showcasing the latest in biomass technology during an open week at the end of this month.

NHBC figures show sustained UK house-building growth in 2014

NHBC figures reveal sustained growth and consolidation in the UK housing industry for the start of 2014 - with encouraging growth in London and the rest of the UK.

Bumper start to 2014 for Trustmark tradesmen

After a long winter of extreme weather and the welcome emergence of spring, record numbers of homeowners have been searching for expert tradesmen to not only repair and maintain their properties, but also to improve their interior and exterior of their homes.

UK businesses held back by £4.3bn funding gap

A funding gap of £4.3 billion is holding back small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and preventing economic growth, according to new research released today by crowdfunding business Money&Co.

Homeowners 'struggle to find trusted builders'

British homeowners are not doing maintenance and repair work because they cannot find builders and other tradesmen that they trust, according to the 2014 Homeowner Survey.

Scaffolding firm fined after worker breaks heels in fall from height

Swan Scaffolding Contractors was fined yesterday following an incident in which a worker fell two metres from a ladder, sustaining serious foot injuries.

Firm fined for failing to communicate asbestos risk

Battersea building firm Redwood Contractors was fined yesterday, after failing to highlight the known presence of asbestos when insulating board at a Berkshire warehouse.