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Former British Gas employee sentenced for illegal gas work

A former employee of British Gas has been sentenced after conducting liquid petroleum gas (LPG) work he was not registered or competent to do, and leaving it in a dangerous condition.

Semta report supports use of qualifications in apprenticeships

The new Institute for Apprenticeships policy of allowing off-the-job technical qualifications in apprenticeships will be welcomed by the engineering sector, says Semta.

HMRC employment status tool could misclassify workers, warns Hudson Contract

HMRC has introduced an online employment status indicator tool for plumbing and other construction companies who engage, and make payments to, sub-contractors on a self-employed basis.

Contractor fined following gas explosion at domestic property

A contractor has been fined after a gas explosion at a domestic property in Lesmahagow.

Call for increased cost cap on landlord funding contribution

A London Assembly motion agreed today (8 February) calls for the Mayor to support an increase of the landlord funding contribution cost cap to £5,000 in his Fuel Poverty Action Plan.

OFTEC calls for policy intervention with winter deaths on the rise

OFTEC is calling for urgent policy intervention to improve energy efficiency for vulnerable rural households.

BCIA expands dates for controls training courses

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released more dates for its new BCM01-BCM06 training courses, which are available throughout the year at various locations.

Woodsure calls for more care with solid fuel choice

The Ready to Burn campaign has responded to the government’s call for evidence on the use of solid fuels for domestic heating.

Unexpected boiler repairs cost UK homes over £725m last year

UK households have paid out more than £725 million in unexpected boiler repair bills in the past year, according to data from uSwitch.com.

World Plumbing Day is coming up

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is reminding the industry that 11 March 2018 is World Plumbing Day.

Jaga UK responds to product certification concerns

Jaga UK has responded to concerns raised about its Maxi LST radiator.

APHC Certification looks for new Field Assessors

APHC Certification (APHCC) is currently looking to appoint a number of freelance Field Assessors for its various certification schemes.

Hydrogen gas grid a likely future, says Martyn Bridges

Further investment in the H21 Leeds City Gate project could signify a major shift towards 100% hydrogen for the UK gas grid, according to Martyn Bridges.

Grant UK donates £2,000 to local children’s charity

From bake sales through to raffles, Grant UK staff have helped to raise £2,000 for Julia’s House.

Gas Safety Trust to fund new CO poisoning research

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) is to provide funds to Liverpool John Moores University for an ongoing study into the experience of those who have been poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO), whether this be acute or chronic, low level exposure.

CIPHE offers support to Carillion apprentices

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is offering apprentices affected by the Carillion collapse complimentary Trainee Membership and proactive support in finding other potential employers.

New campaign to axe VAT on safety products launches

A high profile campaign to abolish VAT on a number of safety products and services has been launched today (31 January).

Handyman sentenced for unregistered gas work

A self-employed handyman has been sentenced for undertaking gas work. which put the life of a homeowner at “significant risk”.

EUA launches its fuel poverty report

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has launched a report today (30 January), which reveals the scale of fuel poverty in the UK, and offers solutions to this critical issue.

Uponor launches CIBSE-approved water hygiene CPD

Heating, cooling, plumbing and infrastructure specialist Uponor has launched a CIBSE-approved CPD, entitled ‘Systems for Water Hygiene.’

Dickies competition searches for hard wearing workwear

Dickies Workwear is calling on tradespeople to show off their oldest and most reliable workwear in a competition celebrating clothing that stands the test of time.

Worcester launches water treatment course

Worcester Bosch has partnered with Fernox and Sentinel to create a new water treatment training course.

BEAMA to release updated guidance ahead of Boiler Plus

BEAMA will be making its guidance documents available in advance of the Building Regulations changes coming in April.

BESA revamps kitchen ventilation guidance

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has completely revised its primary guidance document for kitchen ventilation design.

Nearly 50% of renters do not have a CO alarm

Almost 50% of people renting a private property in the UK have not had a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed by their landlord, according to research by campaign group Project SHOUT.

Date announced for Women Installers Together Conference 2018

The Women Installers Together (WIT) 2018 conference will take place on 4 July at The Building Centre in London, event organiser Stopcocks Women Plumbers has announced.

Xpelair awarded Passivhaus standard

The Passivhaus Institute has awarded Xpelair’s Natural Air 180 with the Passivhaus Standard.

Ideal Boilers receives third Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended status

Ideal Boilers’ Logic, Logic+ and Vogue ranges have received the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended status for the third time.

Research suggests many Brits do not see the need for a CO alarm

New research shows that 36% of households in Britain don’t have carbon monoxide (CO) alarms installed.

Survey reveals Carillion sub-contractors facing huge losses

A snap poll of Carillion engineering sub-contractors shows that many companies are facing huge financial losses from the collapse of the construction giant.

Gas Chat tour raises over £100,000 for charity

A group of gas engineers touring throughout 2017 successfully helped raise over £100,000 for children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.

Entries open for £10,000 'College Refresh' competition

Graham Plumbers' Merchant has launched a new competition to award a college with £10,000 to spend on updating and improving its heating and plumbing workshops.

Near zero energy retrofit project launched

A new European research project has launched at Brunel University London, which will demonstrate how buildings can be renovated to use “near zero energy”.

New facility to produce next-generation fuels

A new £4m facility is to be developed, capable of producing next-generation biocoal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

HHIC launches guide series to help installers navigate Boiler Plus

The Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) has launched a series of guides aimed at bringing installers and consumers up to speed about the requirements of the incoming Boiler Plus legislation.

Spirotech holds successful deaeration workshop

Spirotech recently held a training workshop at its UK headquarters, the fourth in a series of sessions designed to educate heating engineers on the importance of deaeration.

Committee on Climate Change criticises Clean Growth Strategy

The Clean Growth Strategy sets out the next steps to reduce emissions and tackle climate change, but does not go far enough, according to the Committee on Climate Change.

Gas Safe Register launches awareness campaign

Gas Safe Register has launched a brand awareness campaign to remind people not to ‘cut corners’ when it comes to gas safety.

CIPHE supports Dame Hackitt Review

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) reaffirms its involvement in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, being led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Logic4training launches new guide

Logic4training has launched The Ultimate Guide to Training, to provide skills information to new or experienced engineers.

Contractor Carillion goes into liquidation

Major contractor Carillion has today gone into compulsory liquidation, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Gas Tag completes £20m investment deal

Gas Tag has secured investment from private equity house Waterland, in exchange for a minority stake.

BEIS supports OFTEC on off-grid heating plans

OFTEC has welcomed a positive response from the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry MP, after its concerns over the viability of government plans to decarbonise heating in England.

Plumber’s invention praised by Polypipe

James Mwangi, a plumber with J S Wright, has reportedly solved the problem of failing expansion gaps on first-fix soil vent pipe installations.

Gas App UK to launch boiler finance scheme

Installers will soon be able give their customers the option of independent finance to cover the cost of new boiler installation through Gas App UK, the company has announced.

Suspended sentence for landlord who failed to arrange gas safety check

A Staffordshire-based landlord has been sentenced after failing to provide evidence that a gas safety check had been carried out at one of his tenanted properties.

Tax expert warns of dangers of last minute self assessment tax returns

A leading tax expert today warned taxpayers who need to submit a Self Assessment tax return not to leave it until the last minute due to continuing problems in contacting HMRC.

HETAS encourages installers to report bad practice

HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme) is encouraging its registered installers to report non-compliant work.

Online boiler installation business raises £4.8m in funding

Hometree, a London-based ‘technology-enabled’ boiler installation business, has raised £4.8 million in funding in its first year.

APHC voices concern over Quality Mark proposals

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has voiced its concerns with the direction the proposed Quality Mark is taking under the government's Each Home Counts review.