Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Green Deal and ECO reform a good thing says the HHIC

The Heating & Hotwater Council has welcomed the government announcement that it will be revamping Green Deal and ECO.

OFTEC issues CO advice to Northern Ireland oil householders

With nearly 70% of households in Northern Ireland using oil as their main heating source, OFTEC has issued important advice as part of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month.

Government aims to make Green Deal more straightforward

Changes to make the Green Deal more straightforward for families who want to improve their homes and benefit from lower bills have been announced by government.

Government announces potential £50 reduction in energy bills for 'hardworking' households

British households will benefit from proposals that will be worth £50 on average, as government plans to reduce the impact of energy company price rises.

Gas fitter given curfew following explosion that left Manchester pensioner with severe burns

A gas fitter has received a suspended prison sentence, curfew, and been ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service after a pensioner suffered severe burns in a gas explosion at his home in Manchester.

Homeowners need to understand low-carbon technologies, study reveals

Homeowners are unable to take advantage of the benefits of low- and zero-carbon technologies because they do not understand how they work, according to new research by the NHBC Foundation.

Success for plumbing student pair

Two Barking & Dagenham College students were recently presented with awards at the Building Engineering Services Training London & South East Regional Training Awards 2013.

'Help to heat' loan scheme suggested to encourage energy efficiency improvements and boost savings

A new 'Help to Heat' scheme modelled on the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme is today recommended in a report funded by the Energy & Utilities Alliance and undertaken by think tank IPPR.

'Don't put businesses off apprenticeships' industry warns Chancellor

The Chancellor needs to put world-class apprenticeships at the forefront of his plan for economic recovery by giving both employers and training providers a say, and ensuring that any additional bureaucracy associated with the proposals does not discourage businesses from taking part, the skills education organisation City & Guilds warned today.

Count down to Christmas with Danfoss' online advent calender

Heating controls manufacturer Danfoss is counting the days to Christmas with the return of its prize-packed online Advent Calendar competition.

FMB slams MPs' call to keep Code for Sustainable Homes

The Federation of Master Builders has criticised the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's recent report on the Housing Standards Review.

Chancellor must cut VAT on renovation work, argue campaigners

Britain's financially squeezed households would benefit if Chancellor George Osborne cut VAT on housing renovation and repair work, according to a letter written to the Chancellor by campaigners.

Pimlico Plumbers achieves workforce milestone

Pimlico Plumbers' workforce of professional tradespeople has grown to 200 as it prepares for a busy winter period.

Death of the British bath?

There has been a 54% decrease in bath orders in the past 12 months, according to a new study from online bathroom retailer UKBathrooms.com.

Builders' merchant industry unites to celebrate success

Over 470 key figures from the UK builders' merchant industry met in London last week to celebrate excellence in the face of economic adversity.

Industry urged to get ahead of the curve of F-Gas changes

Climate Center, UK supplier of cooling equipment, is urging customers not to wait for the impending review of F-Gas regulations to review refrigerant options.

Report reveals growth in residential construction

The value of contracts awarded in the UK's construction sector grew by almost 50% in October 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to Barbour ABI's Economic and Construction Market Review.

Sentinel launches online training academy

Water treatment specialist Sentinel has set up an online training academy for installers.

Practical advice on controlling legionella bacteria in water systems

Health and safety information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems has been updated and clarified.

Travis Perkins has ready-made solutions for the new Part L regulations

Through its Sustainable Building Solutions team, the Travis Perkins Group has a ready-made solution to help house builders comply with the new regulations cost-effectively.

Landlord jailed for gas safety failings

A London landlord has been jailed for endangering his tenants after illegally installing a boiler that he then repeatedly tried to fix after it developed a leak.

Solar installer breaks back in fall from height

A Monmouth construction firm and its managing director have been fined for safety failings after a labourer fell more than four metres through a fragile barn roof, breaking his back on his first day working for the company.

BEAMA gives mixed reaction to new Part L

BEAMA has given a mixed reaction to the overdue release of the Building Regulations Part L guidance documents on 15 November, which will come into effect on 6 April 2014.

Worcester, Bosch opens Wakefield training centre

Worcester, Bosch Group has opened a brand new training facility in Normanton, near Wakefield, to provide better support and an improved training experience for installer, specifier and merchant customers based in the north of England.

Baxi issues Safety Alert for Potterton Powermax HE boilers

A Safety Alert has been issued by Baxi, in conjunction with Gas Safe, in response to a very small risk associated with Potterton Powermax HE boilers manufactured between 2001 and November 18 2005.

Industry challenges DCLG plans to scrap sustainable homes policy

A report published by MPs has urged the Department for Communities & Local Government to reconsider axing measures that support renewable energy in new homes.

Figures reveal over 100,000 Green Deal Assessments have now taken place

More than 1,000 people have now signed up to install Green Deal measures, according to the latest figures released by the department for Energy & Climate Change this week.

Company saves £65,000 in one week thanks to power supply e-tracker

Energy management specialist Marshall-Tufflex is flavour of the month with one customer after saving the company more than £65,000 in just one week.

Cutting 'green levies' could endanger thousands of construction jobs

More than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs could be lost - many as early as Christmas - if the government decides to cut 'green levies' on energy bills, the UK Green Building Council has warned.

New homes could save families over £1,400 per year in energy bills

Families who live in new build homes built to 2013 standards could save more than £1,400 a year on their energy bills when compared to their neighbours in older homes, according to new analysis by NHBC and Zero Carbon Hub.

"Huge opportunity" to cut public sector overspending on energy

New analysis from the Energy Efficiency Financing scheme has revealed that the public sector is overspending on energy to the tune of more than £357 million per year.

Training the next generation

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services has been providing people with craft apprenticeships since 2010, giving them the opportunity to become established mechanical and electrical engineers.

National network launched to help installers make most of ECO and Green Deal

A new national network says it will make it easier for heating and gas engineers to tap into the government's green initiatives.

Construction activity continues to grow

The latest Construction Trade Survey shows that activity in construction rose for the second consecutive quarter in Q3, and this growth was reported by firms across all areas of the industry.

Plumbing student commended at awards ceremony

The hard work and achievements of plumbing apprentice Connor Woodgate have been recognised at his college's annual awards ceremony.

Tenant dies after landlord fails to maintain faulty gas boiler

A Derbyshire landlord has been handed a suspended prison sentence for failing to maintain a faulty gas boiler that caused the death of a tenant from carbon monoxide poisoning.

OFTEC launches new telephone service

OFTEC has opened a new telephone service for notifiable works to make it easier for its technicians to register new oil boiler and oil tank installations.

Recognition for safeguarding public health

Professor Rodney Cartwright has been presented with an Honorary Fellowship by the Society of Public Health Engineers, in recognition of his contribution towards safeguarding and protecting public health.

Heating engineer is 'runner up' in national tradesman award

A heating engineer from Scotland has been named a 'runner up' in a competition to find the best tradesman in the UK, having already won the Scottish heat in Britain's Top Tradesman 2013.

HSE updates guidance for safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances

The Health & Safety Executive has updated guidance to help individuals using and installing gas appliances to operate safely.

Anesco signs its first two Green Deals

National energy efficiency solutions company Anesco has agreed its first two Green Deals and says it expects to complete hundreds more in the coming months.

Constructionline named gateway on £120m housing framework

UK register of pre-qualified contractors and consultants Constructionline has been appointed as the pre-qualification gateway on a £120m framework by housing association buying consortium, Procurement For All.

Worcester calls for installers to act now on analyser calibration

Heating and hot water appliance manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch Group, has urged heating engineers to act now in ensuring their Electronic Combustion Gas Analysers are correctly calibrated.

Econic launches year-long webinar programme

A year-long programme of webinars has been launched by UK heat pump specialist Econic, in order to help potential clients, consultants and architects.

Engineer in court over dangerous LPG cylinder adaptors

LPG distributor Calor Gas has welcomed the prosecution of a semi-retired engineer who sold more than 700 potentially dangerous adaptors to members of the public, enabling LPG cylinders to be filled at petrol station forecourts.

BBC Radio talks to Tim Pollard about the future of the energy industry

Plumb Center's Head of Sustainability Tim Pollard appeared on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire.

Green Deal to include circulator pumps after lobbying 'victory'

Circulator pumps are set to be included in the Green Deal after pump industry lobbying has forced a U-turn by the Building Research Establishment.

Condensing biomass boilers to qualify for domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

Condensing biomass boilers will be eligible for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive following confirmation from government analysis that the risk from certain pollutants discharged from such boilers is minimal.

Employers value experience over academic qualifications

New research from Edge and City & Guilds shows over half of employers value vocational qualifications more highly than academic qualifications.

Industry welcomes review on carbon monoxide regulations

Government announced a review of current regulations on carbon monoxide, with particular focus on the safety of tenants in rented accommodation, at the House of Lords this week.