Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
CITB responds to APPG Green Deal report

CITB has commented on the latest Green Deal report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment.

New assurance scheme keeps consumer 'WaterSafe'

October 2013 sees the official launch of WaterSafe, the UK's first all-industry national plumbing assurance scheme set to re-focus standards within the UK plumbing sector.

Suspended jail time for illegal installer who posed as Gas Safe registered engineer

A Stoke-on-Trent man has received a suspended prison sentence after posing as a Gas Safe registered engineer and falsifying a Landlord's Gas Safety Record.

Landlord fined for unsafe gas work

A Cornish landlord has been fined for risking the lives of neighbours by carrying out work on a domestic gas boiler, despite being unqualified to do so.

Second Help to Buy phase launched early

The second phase of the government's Help to Buy initiative was launched on Tuesday, providing homebuyers with a £12bn mortgage guarantee scheme.

Report urges government to review Green Deal barriers

MPs have warned government not to water down climate change targets in next year's review of the fourth carbon budget, and to address significant barriers to Green Deal take-up.

Solar energy is central to renewable expansion

Sensitively-sited solar PV energy will be central to the growth of renewables in Britain, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said today.

Green Deal needs increased incentives, says industry

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment, which calls for additional incentives to boost the Green Deal.

APHC warns SMEs of the importance of keeping adequate business records

APHC is warning all businesses who provide company vehicles to their employees to ensure they keep adequate business records, especially on business mileage, in the wake of increased checks from HMRC.

Builder fined for illegal gas work after trying to evade justice

A self-employed builder, who purposefully evaded the Health & Safety Executive, has been fined for putting an Essex family in danger of leaking gas pipes after illegally replacing a boiler.

Solar panels now available from IKEA

IKEA launches a range of solar panels as new research suggests homeowners across the UK want to save money on energy bills but are put off by installing solar panels by the price.

New UKLPG report shows LPG is "essential" for a low-carbon future

UKLPG is urging government to ensure that Liquefied Petroleum Gas plays a key role in plans to meet the nation's carbon reduction targets in the future.

HVP needs you!

HVP will be attending both PHEX Manchester and PHEX Chelsea in the coming months to get firsthand feedback from installers on the state of the industry.

HSE announces important legislation changes

Two revised health and safety regulations take effect today that will help businesses more easily comply with the law.

NAPIT encourages installers to take advantage of construction growth

According to Construction Products Association forecasts, the construction industry is due to improve its current output by 4.5% by 2015. NAPIT believes this is the perfect time for installers to consider expansion and make the most of new skills to take advantage of this trend.

Score yourself tickets in Hep2O's Big Match

Plumbing and heating specialist Hep2O kicks off the biggest promotion of the sporting calendar next week, as it celebrates the launch of its new underfloor heating system, Hep2O Underfloor Heating.

NASC safety report shows overall fall in accidents

A new 2013 Safety Report has been released by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation, documenting the statistics for scaffolding safety in 2012 for all of its contracting member companies.

GROHE Group shares to be acquired by LIXIL Corporation

The GROHE Group has entered into an agreement with LIXIL Corporation and Development Bank of Japan in relation to the sale of an 87.5% equity interest in GROHE Group from TPG and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners.

Industry reacts to housebuilding proposals

The Federation of Master Builders welcomes government measures to encourage self-build projects, while Ed Miliband pledges that the next Labour Government would tackle the housing crisis by building 200,000 homes each year, with a 'use it or lose it' policy aimed at property developers who do not start work onsite straightway.

Bristan launches UK plumbing survey

Bristan has announced Bristan Connect, a major 'listening project' aimed at understanding the common needs of plumbers across the UK.

"Positive signs" for construction recovery

There has been a dramatic increase in construction new orders during the second quarter of 2013, according to recent data from the Office for National Statistics.

UK homeowners improve property for personal enjoyment, not to boost value

An independent survey reveals that the majority of homeowners are motivated to improve their home by personal enjoyment, rather than the financial incentive of increasing the value of their property.

CO advice protects Portsmouth freshers

Sprue Safety Products teamed up with the University of Portsmouth last week to provide information, advice and give-away carbon monoxide alarms as part of a safety awareness clinic run during Freshers' Week.

New home registrations rise 25%

New home registrations in the UK have risen by 25% for the year up to and including August, new figures released by NHBC reveal today.

Energy price fixing proposals could jeopardise market

Ed Miliband MP announced at the Labour Party conference that an incoming Labour Government would legislate to impose an energy price freeze until January 2017.

New air quality regulations now in effect

HETAS is alerting installers and specifiers to changes in air quality regulations, which affect biomass applications for the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

Carbon Monoxide: not only a killer

A new book outlining the dangers of carbon monoxide has been released.

Biomass gets top marks

Schools are reaping significant savings on fuel by switching to biomass, according to new findings from LC Energy.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week highlights lack of CO knowledge among oil users

Householders are still unaware of the risks of the potentially deadly carbon monoxide in relation to all fossil fuels, according to statistics published by Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

Wasted heat costs businesses millions, says Cosaf

Businesses across the UK can save hundreds of millions of pounds by becoming more energy efficient and ensuring that their heating and ventilation systems are working correctly, according to Cosaf.co.uk.

Smart work vehicles are vital, says Vanarama

The condition of a tradesman's work vehicle can have a significant impact on whether he gets a job or not, according to van specialist Vanarama.

BLF targets tradespeople with asbestos awareness campaign

The British Lung Foundation is raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos with its campaign 'Take 5 and Stay Alive', launched this week.

Titon addresses "inept" MVHR installations

Titon has highlighted the importance of improving air quality and ventilation in homes using mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems.

NLA issues Green Deal warning

There is an "arc of disillusion" among landlords which threatens the success of the Green Deal in the private-rented sector, the National Landlords Association has warned.

Eco-building incentive needed, says FMB

The government must include financial incentives for householders adding energy-efficiency measures to their homes, the Federation of Master Builders has said.

SMEs are hit hard by rising consultants' fees

SME construction business owners pay £605 million per year to external consultants in exchange for support on complying with regulations - almost a third of their £2 billion annual red tape bill - according to research from the Forum of Private Business.

Green Deal 'tinkering' will not deliver long-term success, warns Knauf

Knauf Insulation has welcomed moves by the Department of Energy & Climate Change to widen the scope of the Green Deal cashback incentive, but warns that the proposed changes still do not go far enough.

Heating and plumbing engineer is UK WOTY 2013 finalist

Paul Dove, 43, from Lincolnshire has been shortlisted as one of eight finalists for the UK Worker of the Year 2013, sponsored by Dickies and Suzuki GB.

Green deal is helping to make energy-efficient homes

Green Deal assessments are continuing to help people make their homes more energy efficient, according to research published on Tuesday by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Shoddy gas work endangers lives at Newton Abbot home

Three gas engineers who put a family at risk by failing to identify gas safety failings have been fined.

Gas leak causes Hedge End store evacuation

A refrigerant leak was reported at Hampshire's Hedge End Retail Park last night, prompting the evacuation of staff and customers from Sainsbury's and its neighbouring Marks & Spencer store.

Tradesmen set to 'Feel the benefit' with TradePoint

Tradesmen across the UK can soon take advantage of a new government-backed scheme aimed at securing affordable heating for energy-poor homes.

New Green Deal and RHI guides from Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric has launched two free CPD-certified guides focusing on the Green Deal and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

Construction firm in court over city centre gas scare

A construction firm has appeared in court over a major gas leak that caused widespread disruption and sparked fears of an explosion in Liverpool city centre.

Welding company fined for exposing workers to asbestos

After employees were exposed to potentially fatal asbestos at an industrial site in Devon, a Manchester welding company and a national dairy company have been fined.

Installers are missing UFH opportunities

Installers are missing out on the potential market for upgrading homes with underfloor heating (UFH), according to a survey carried out by Hep2O Plumbing & Heating.

Investment of £150m to benefit construction SMEs

There is to be £150m invested in the UK construction sector over the next five years, according to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Technology Strategy Board.

Record support for Gas Safety Week

The third annual Gas Safety Week kicked off today, with over 2,500 industry supporters working to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of using a registered engineer to check heating appliances.

Mitsubishi Electric holds free heat pump seminars

Mitsubishi Electric is holding free seminars to highlight the integral role heat pump technology has to play in the commercial and residential heating sectors.

RICS proposes cap on house price growth

The Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee should consider limiting annual house price inflation to 5%, according to new RICS research launched today.