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CBI puts DCLG housebuilding figures in perspective

The CBI yesterday (15 August) commented on figures from the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) which show that annual housing starts in England are up by 7% in the 12 months to June 2013 (110,530) compared with the year before, but still 40% below the March quarter 2007 peak.

Worcester, Bosch Group to take to Twitter during Gas Safety Week

Worcester, Bosch Group will be running an installer-led social media campaign for Gas Safety Week, designed to encourage installers to share their top tips to raise awareness of gas safety.

Viessmann welcomes approaching air quality emissions regulations

Viessmann has welcomed the forthcoming introduction of air quality emissions limits for all new biomass installations under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which will come into force on 24 September 2013.

Eight-metre fall for trainee lands firm in court

Hertfordshire firm Nature's Power has been prosecuted for safety breaches after a trainee employee suffered multiple fractures in an eight-metre fall from a roof.

PTS and CPS tackle fuel poverty through ECO scheme

Plumbing Trade Supplies and City Plumbing Supplies are playing a key role in the government's Energy Company Obligation initiative by launching schemes with assessment provider Toriga and boiler manufacturers Ideal Heating and Vaillant.

Industry responds to heat pump trial results

The Energy Saving Trust released the results of phase 2 of its heat pump field trials last week, eliciting a mixed response from the industry.

Searching for the UK's oldest Dimplex storage heater

Dimplex is looking to swap the old for the new by replacing the UK's oldest Dimplex storage heater with a Quantum heater, the new generation of energy storage technology.

Illegal gas work left Norfolk homes at risk

A self-employed heating installer from King's Lynn has been fined for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at two homes in Norfolk.

London fitter fined for illegal gas work

A heating installer has been fined for illegal and unsafe gas work in a London home.

HETAS launches technical helpline

HETAS has launched a helpline service designed to provide support and advice for the solid fuel and biomass heating sector.

Campaigning construction group states its case on procurement

As the Scottish government prepares to unveil its proposals for reforming procurement, the Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group Scotland has laid down a strong marker about what it would like to see in the new Bill.

HSE seminar details the dangers of dust

The Health & Safety Executive is inviting representatives of the construction industry to a free seminar about the risks associated with construction dust.

Gas worker jailed for leaving pensioner's home at risk

A builder has been jailed for 12 months for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a pensioner's home in Bedfordshire.

Construction bounces back in Q2

The latest Construction Trade Survey, published today, shows that conditions in Q2 improved across all construction sectors and throughout the supply chain.

New CBCA study is "powerful tool"

Critical considerations for energy savings in commercial buildings have been revealed in the latest thermal analysis software Energy Study by Environmental Design Solutions, conducted in collaboration with the Chilled Beams and Ceilings Association.

Raising awareness of lead legislation

European legislation, which will cut the permissible levels of lead in drinking water, will come into force in December 2013. John Griggs, principal science officer for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, is concerned that the new legislation may catch out some manufacturers.

APHC welcomes information on construction dust

The Health & Safety Executive has produced a comprehensive information sheet detailing the dangers faced by those who regularly breathe in construction dust.

Asbestos found in 80% of Cheshire schools

Asbestos has been found in 80% of the schools examined in Warrington, Cheshire, amid warnings for all tradesmen, staff and children to beware of the dangerous material.

Jobs boom for boiler fitters

Qualified gas boiler fitters in Scotland are in great demand thanks to a new government-led home eco-improvement drive, which is helping homeowners become more energy efficient.

EST study shows improved heat pump performance

A new study from the Energy Saving Trust has found that the performance and efficiency of heat pumps has improved, following recommendations made in 2010 regarding design, installation and operation.

Bathstore launches national installation service

Bathstore is to launch a nationwide installation service this month, with the aim of covering everything required to deliver a dream bathroom.

Industry makes plans to build more homes

A new Home Building Skills report has found that 50% of all housebuilders and 80% of housing associations are taking on an apprentice in 2013, showing that the sector is capitalising on the 'green shoots' of growth across the industry.

Pickerings Lifts launches Heating & Cooling Services division

Pickerings Lifts has added a new business stream to its comprehensive portfolio with the introduction of Pickerings Lifts Heating & Cooling Services.

Industry responds to Part L update

Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations have been delayed, it was announced last week.

Econic seminar to show heat-pump technology in action

UK heat pump specialist Econic is to hold a seminar to show businesses and the education sector how renewable energy technology can cut carbon emissions and save money.

Surge in housing activity drives construction output growth

Growth of both business activity and incoming new business accelerated sharply in July since June, according to the latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index.

Construction sector leads growth in the job market

The jobs market has seen continued growth, with recovery being led by the construction and property sector, according to the latest Reed Job Index.

Free Gas Safe registration from Ariston

Ariston is now rewarding installers who fit its boilers and cylinders by registering each appliance with Gas Safe for free.

British Gas to offer free power

British Gas is intending to offer free power on Saturdays to its customers with smart meters in 2014.

HSE updates contact arrangements

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has changed its contact arrangements to better direct those wishing to report an incident, notify workplace concerns or seek interpretation of guidance.

The Vale of Aylesbury gets greener

Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers and electricians living in the Aylesbury area can now upskill closer to home.

Trading Standards sends rogue trader up in smoke

A Caerphilly installer has been fined £4,200 after an investigation by Trading Standards, regarding poorly fitted and potentially dangerous wood-burning stoves.

Free trial available for gas inspection software

Gas Safe registered engineers can now try out a gas safety inspection software system for free, courtesy of Easy Safety Cert.

Big Hit Challenge returns to Silverstone

Following the success of last year's event, Stanley will again be hosting its Big Hit Challenge at the upcoming British MotoGP at Silverstone, granting one lucky winner the chance to go on a VIP trip to the final race of the season in Valencia, Spain.

Bag yourself a van

Knauf, UK manufacturer of lightweight building materials and systems, is reprising its popular Golden Ticket competition from last year with another prize promotion worth over £20,000.

Record sales for Pimlico Plumbers

Pimlico Plumbers has reported record sales for the last 12 months, signifying the effect of increasing consumer confidence, which has helped to boost UK Gross Domestic Product.

A half-century celebration for Wessex Group

The Wessex Group recently held a gala celebration to mark the company's 50th anniversary in style.

Swale Heating maintains mhs homes safety record

Swale Heating has achieved 100% gas safety compliance for 12 consecutive months in homes run by its client, mhs homes.

Encouraging growth for construction and wider UK economy

The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter and 1.4% compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to yesterday's GDP figures, published by the Office for National Statistics.

NHBC reports highest half-yearly housing figures since 2008

This year has witnessed the highest half-yearly total of new homes registered since 2008, according to the National House-Building Council's latest registration statistics, suggesting that the UK housebuilding industry is continuing to recover.

Maintenance man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A 70 year-old self-employed maintenance worker has been fined for carrying out illegal gas work at a café and restaurant in St Austell, exposing customers and workers to the risk of injury.

Winners of RHPP Social Landlord Fast Track Competition announced

Social landlords across the UK have been awarded a share of £7million to get renewable heating into the homes of their social tenants.

The British bathroom - a place for inspiration?

Forty percent of the nation claims their best 'eureka moments' occur in the bathroom, according to recent research by onepoll.com. The findings were released earlier this week to celebrate emergency drainage company Dyno-Rod's 50th birthday.

Research reveals heating controls can reduce consumption by up to 40%

New research carried out for the BEAMA controls group, TACMA, shows that the installation of effective temperature controls on home heating systems has a far more significant effect on minimising energy use than previously predicted.

APHC welcomes industry input from training provider JTL

JTL have become the first training provider to join APHC's new Training Provider membership category.

Innasol launches training academy

Renewable heating and energy solutions company Innasol has launched Innasol Academy, an education and training initiative.

MARC warns more vigilance is needed with labelling

Inflated heat outputs on product packaging are defrauding resellers, installers and consumers, the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors has warned.

Has the road to recovery begun?

The UK construction sector finally seems to be turning a corner, with new projects starting to rise in almost every part of the country, according to the latest RICS construction market survey.

Bathrooms.com moves manufacturing from China to UK

Bathrooms.com is to start manufacturing 25% of its products in the UK. The decision to move to domestic manufacturing means the online company can now take products from design through to production in just six weeks.

Firms disciplined for Green Deal mark misuse

Over 60 firms have been disciplined for misusing the Green Deal quality mark over the last year, the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body has reported.