Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Construction sector growth fuels need for installers

Trade Skills 4 U reports that the construction industry is continuing to see a return to growth, which will have an impact on electricians who will see an greater demand for their skills.

Installers going unpaid for thousands of ECO jobs, says Futureproof

According to a national network of installers, installers are unpaid for thousands of boilers fitted under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme.

HHIC optimistic that domestic RHI numbers will increase

Following the release of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) figures, director of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), Roger Webb, said: "I'm optimistic that numbers will increase once we start moving towards the autumn and the heating season.

HHIC backs NICE consultation into the effects of living in a cold home

The director at the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), Roger Webb, has said that living in a cold home can significantly inrease the risk of illness and death during the winter months.

New study emphasises the need for more action on home heating controls

A study published by the eu.bac shows that home heating controls should play a more prominent role in the European Commission's strategy for energy efficiency.

BRE consults with housebuilding industry on development of a new homes standard

On 20 June, BRE released plans to develop a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes. It will allow developers to differentiate their product in the marketplace by recognising performance beyond minimum regulation and provide increased choice for the consumer.

71% of SMEs confident in raising finance, says survey

A survey, compiled for Platform Black by IFF Research, found that 71% of small and medium businesses (SMEs) are now confident in their ability to raise finance.

Engineering firm fined after fan unit falls and crushes worker

Wilden Services of Hemel Hempstead, has appeared in court and been fined for safety failings after a toppling fan unit crushed a worker.

Construction activity up despite decrease in growth rate

New figures released on 19 June reveal that construction activity continued to rise in May, but economists are concerned that the recent high rate of growth appears to be slowing.

Wall-hung sanitaryware proving popular

Wall-hung sanitaryware is proving to be the first choice when specifying new bathrooms. According to Abacus Manufacturing group, there has been considerable growth in wall-hung frame sales in the last 18 months, so they are predicting an increase in sales of 5 to 6 times in the next 2 to 3 years.

Survey launched to help shape plumbing and heating apprenticeships

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and SummitSkills have launched a survey covering apprenticeships and professional recognition.

Ministers urged to reconsider role of LPG in Green Deal initiative

UKLPG, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry trade association, is urging energy ministers to reconsider the decision to exclude oil and LP Gas boilers from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

Aberdeen firm fined after worker fell from height

An Aberdeen-based engineering services company has been fined for safety failings, after a worker was injured when he fell from the trailer bed of a lorry at its premises.

Carlisle firm in court after scaffolder injured in fall

Contract Scaffolding Services has been fined £15,000 after a trainee scaffolder fell more than 6m through a roof light. The firm was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at a factory in Dalston, Cumbria on 22 February, 2013.

Construction activity up but growth slowing

New figures reveal that construction activity continued to rise in May, but economists are concerned that the recent high rate of growth appears to be slowing.

Kohler Mira awarded over £220,000 from Bristan Group in court

Kohler Mira has been awarded in excess of £220,000 in damages and costs from Bristan Group, following a court ruling that Bristan had infringed Mira's unregistered designs by copying.

Home Improvement Fund issues over £2m funding

An estimated £2.61 million was issued to households through the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) during the scheme's first week, according to industry estimates.

Heating engineer charged with manslaughter after death of 72-year-old woman

Self-employed Peter Sykes, 68, from Hadleigh appeared in Norwich Crown Court yesterday (17 June) charged with manslaughter and accused of causing the death of Annette Coe when he failed to properly service her boiler.

Study from Nest provides a new level of data about residential CO events

Nest has released its first summary of field data on carbon monoxide (CO) events, using its internet connected alarms which provide real time insight into the incidence of high CO levels in homes.

Labour and material shortages likely cause of surprise drop in construction output

According to construction and property consultancy, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT), shortages of skilled staff and materials are likely to have contributed to an unexpected drop in construction activity in May.

Octavia trial makes district heating a hot topic for landlords

A pilot project by Octavia Housing is helping landlords re-think how they deliver heat and tackle fuel poverty in thousands of social housing properties across the UK supplied by low carbon district heating systems, by allowing them to monitor system performance and energy use in real-time.

Advice from BCA on getting the best price for resale vans

British Car Auctions (BCA) is offering the small enterprises that use vans, helpful advice on what to consider when buying their next vehicle.

Illegal gas fitter put lives at risk in Hyde

A builder who illegally carried out gas work at two homes in Hyde has appeared in court charged with putting the lives of two families at risk.

55 hour week for one in five heating and ventilation engineers

A study commissioned by Electrical Contractors Insurance Services (ECIS) has found one in five heating and ventilation engineers work 51-55 hours a week while one in five plumbers work a 46-50 hour week.

SMEs lose more than £7 billion each year from missed payment opportunities

Research from Barclaycard reveals small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are losing out on hundreds of pounds a week - £7.5 billion across the country each year - by not offering customers the option of paying by debit or credit card.

Snowdonia river polluted by heating oil leak

A pollution spill in Afon y Bala, North Wales, has led to a warning that people should not swim in the river. The source of the spill has been identified by officials as leaked heating oil.

Boiler broken by beehive in Littleport

A heating engineer was confronted by a swarm of 15,000 bees when he opened up the boiler in the kitchen of an engineering firm in Littleport, Cambridgeshire.

Unison urges an energy review of homes to avoid large scale fracking

The union Unison have announced a new proposal to address the UK energy crisis by reducing the need for large scale fracking. The report will be released today (16 June) at the union's Annual Energy Conference in Brighton.

A third of new homes exempt from zero-carbon standard

Figures released today (13 June) from construction data providers, Barbour ABI, reveal that up to a third of new homes could be exempt from meeting the government's zero-carbon homes standard, following plans outlined in the Queen's Speech last week.

Number of fuel-poor households has dropped by almost 5%

The number of households in fuel poverty has dropped, according to statistics published today (12 June) by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Futureproof helps installers make the most of Green Deal shake-up

A national network for installers has seen a "significant increase" in enquiries following the launch of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. Futureproof says the new incentives for homeowners to carry out energy efficiency improvements will boost the activity of installers.

Baxi welcomes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund launch

Baxi has welcomed the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was officially launched on Monday (9 June).

Unregistered gas fitter given suspended prison sentence after carrying out illegal work

An unregistered gas fitter has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 180 hours of community work after carrying out illegal and dangerous work at two homes in Essex. Anthony Hoskins, 49, from Essex, fitted gas boilers at homes in Brentwood and Ingatestone in 2012 and 2013, despite not being a member of the Gas Safe Register, as UK law requires.

Kent plumber prosecuted after gas work caused a 92-year-old woman to suffer headaches and falls

A 92-year-old woman suffered dizziness, headaches and falls after a Kent plumber taped over a gas flue in a flat directly above hers, a court has heard.

Swale Heating supports the AA's home emergency service

Swale Heating has teamed up with the Automobile Association (AA) to provide their insured customers with a 24-hour emergency service for central heating and boilers across the South East and East Anglia.

Landlords and tenants will save money with minimum energy efficiency standards

New research for the UK Green Building Council and WWF has found that introducing minimum energy efficiency standards for privately rented properties will cost landlords less than £1,500 on average per home, and will save tenants over £400 a year on energy bills. This is far less than previous studies have shown.

Score big during the World Cup with Travis Perkins' Fantasy Football game

To promote World Cup fever over the 2014 tournament, timber and builder's merchant, Travis Perkins has launched its first Fantasy Football game. From 12 June, 2014, customers will be able to test their football knowledge and managerial skills to win the chance of meeting the Barcelona team.

Price of home heating oil continues to fall for householders in Northern Ireland

Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), who represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry in Northern Ireland, has announced a continuing fall in the price of home heating oil.

New tube guidance creates level playing field across Europe

Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two industry bodies.

Polypipe Ventilation helps facilitate industry guide

The Domestic Ventilation 2010 manual, which forms part of BPEC's Ventilation Installer training programme, has been revised with input from across the domestic ventilation industry.

WaterSafe warns that plumbers are 'burning the midnight oil'

A survey carried out by plumbing assurance scheme, WaterSafe, has found over half of plumbers are working over the maximum working hours within the Working Time Directive.

Green Deal Finance Fund ready to boost new government Green Deal incentives

The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) believes the launch of the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) on Monday 9 June, 2014 represents a good package of incentives for the consumer to improve their energy efficiency.

Girl power has women leading in race to find Britain's hardest workers

UK Worker of the Year is now in its fifth year, with women dominating the competition to find the UK's hardest workers.

HHIC calls on developers to build 'renewable ready' homes

A leading trade body, the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, has called for all housing developers to build renewable ready homes. It comes following the relaxation of plans to build zero-carbon homes by 2016 as outlined in the Queen's Speech on 4 June, 2014.

HHIC joins call for CO alarms to be mandatory in UK homes

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has joined the Gas Safety Trust in calling upon the government to make the installation of CO alarms mandatory in homes in England and Wales.

Wider installer engagement still needed if GDHIF is to be a success

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) believes that wider installer engagement is still needed if the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) is to be a success.

MARC wants radiators included in Green Deal

Representatives from the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) have met with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to ask for radiators to be included in Green Deal.

Plumb and Parts charity donation tops £600,000

Plumb and Parts Center is celebrating after raising £600,000 for Action for Children.

Community heating systems critical if UK is to meet EU carbon emission targets

Manufacturers of flow control systems and pressure independence control valves, Frese, believes new housing developments should be connected to community hot water systems if the UK hopes to meet stringent European carbon emission targets.

BSS Industrial secures future skills through apprenticeship scheme

BSS Industrial, a leading distributor of heating and pipeline solutions, has launched its own management apprenticeship scheme to nurture home-grown talent and attract external applicants, securing the next generation of highly-skilled and knowledgeable staff across the company.