Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
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.

It's a boy-ler!

Worcester, Bosch Group has honoured the royal birth by creating a one-off baby-blue boiler, which will be raffled to raise money for children's charity Acorns.

Permission for 90° bends

British Standards announced important updates to its BS EN 15287-1 guide last week, including new regulations on 90° bends.

Simplifying National Insurance for the self-employed

Plans to simplify the way self-employed people pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs) have been published for consultation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Green Deal boosts boiler sales

The number of Green Deal plans signed has reached 36, but almost all cash-back incentives paid are for boiler replacements, according to the latest Green Deal statistics published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

JTL launches female apprentice initiative at the House of Commons

Training charity JTL recently hosted a parliamentary reception to mark the launch of its new programme to encourage more women into building services engineering apprenticeships.

Illegal gas fitter jailed for dangerous work

A Buckinghamshire tradesman has been jailed for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a Milton Keynes home.

Homeowners continue to seek trusted heating engineers and plumbers

TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark for tradesmen, has seen a steep increase in the number of tradesmen details on its website since last year.

Ours Sanitary Ware closes Chinese factory

Ours Sanitary Ware has now closed its Chinese production facility, transferring all manufacturing to Middlewich.

Industry unites against the silent killer

Two hundred delegates gathered at Derby's Pride Park this month (11 July) for IGEM and Wales & West Utilities' landmark event 'Carbon Monoxide: Ignorance can be fatal'.

New global air conditioning supplier launched in UK

A new UK-based - but global - HVAC supply company has been launched.

Colleges inspired by Test Drive Talent success

Colleges are taking over the methods developed by SummitSkills' Test Drive Talent initiative to deliver work experience opportunities to plumbing and electrical students.

UK's fastest plumber revealed

The plumber with the UK's fastest reflexes has been officially named following a nationwide challenge by Altecnic, UK manufacturer and supplier of plumbing equipment.

New B&ES president aims to "promote excellence"

Continued improvement was a strong focus at this year’s Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) annual general meeting, as incoming president Bruce Bisset delivered his inaugural address.

Blueflame boy wins second award

Plumbing student Scott Bilham, from Bury St Edmunds, has won the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering Award at West Suffolk College's annual prize-giving.

Green deal will 'take off' in the autumn, says industry expert

Tradesman are being urged to start the process of becoming Green Deal accredited, as industry experts describe the government scheme as a long term solution that will take off in the autumn.

Understanding overheating in Green Deal homes

Industry figures have issued insulation advice following the recent warning about overheating in Green Deal homes.

Deva competition winner announced

Deva, part of Methven UK, has announced the winner of its £5,000 Win a Marketing Campaign competition.

Heat pump manufacturers welcome RHI tariff announcement

Heat pump manufacturers have warmly welcomed the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive announcement from the Department of Energy & Climate Change, which came just two days short of four years since the scheme was first confirmed.

HWA adopts code of conduct

The Hot Water Association has adopted a code of conduct, formalised in a Charter that applies to all members.

Bruce Bisset is elected B&ES president

Bruce Bisset has been elected president of the Building & Engineering Services Association for 2013/14.

APHC draws attention to proposed Asbestos ACOP changes

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on proposed changes to consolidate two Asbestos-related Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP): 'L143 - Work with materials containing asbestos Control of Asbestos Regulations' and 'L127 - The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises'.

A1 Flue Systems achieves CE marking

Commercial flue, natural lighting and ventilation specialist A1 Flue Systems has achieved CE marking for its complete flue system.

Confirmation of domestic RHI tariffs gives 'green light' for market growth

Today's announcement from Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirming tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been largely welcomed by industry.

DECC announces domestic RHI tariff levels

Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

FMB pledges to boost employment in SME construction sector

The Federation of Master Builders has signed a Partnership Agreement with Mark Hoban, Employment Minister of the Department for Work and Pensions, which pledges that both parties will do all they can to boost employment and training in the SME construction sector.

Free course teaches plumbing basics to locals

Swale Heating and its client AmicusHorizon housing association recently teamed up to offer local residents the chance to learn basic plumbing skills for free.

Firm fined for Green Deal nuisance calls

Tameside Energy Services has been fined £45,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for making thousands of nuisance calls concerning the Green Deal.

New chief executive named as NAPIT turns 21

NAPIT has recently appointed Michael Andrews as new chief executive. The official announcement was made on 8 July 2013, as the organisation marked its 21st anniversary.

Alpha makes it easy to stay Gas Safe

A new registration scheme from Alpha Heating Innovation allows heating engineers to notify Gas Safe of all their Alpha boiler installations completely free of charge.

Green Deal poses potential overheating threat

Homes insulated under the Green Deal scheme could be at risk of dangerously high temperatures during summer months, a university professor has warned.

Cost of compliance continues to soar for small firms

The average small and medium enterprise is paying substantially more than two years ago, despite government promises to reduce the amount of time and money businesses spend on compliance costs.

Anti-scald company repeats legionella warning

Following the second reported outbreak of legionnaires' disease in just over a year in Scotland, anti-scald manufacturer Inta has again advised installers on sources of information to help combat the bacteria.

Put your skills to the test with the Geberit Challenge

Dates for the regional heats of this year's Geberit Challenge for plumbers and installers have been announced.

New apprenticeship guidance to support the construction sector

New guidance for local authorities and contractors was launched early last week to help boost construction apprenticeships.

VAT cut is the way forward, says FMB

Reducing VAT to 5% on energy-efficiency improvement work would help more households than Green Deal finance can, the Federation of Master Builders has said in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Homeowners losing confidence in British tradesmen

Homeowners are losing confidence in British tradesmen, according to a warning from TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark for firms in the home repair, maintenance and improvement sector.

June construction data boosts optimism

UK construction companies have indicated a further moderate rise in business activity during June. This was highlighted by the latest reading of the seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index, which was the strongest since May 2012.

Ascot plumber jailed for £160k tax fraud

A Berkshire plumber who failed to pay almost £160,000 in tax and National Insurance contributions over 15 years has been jailed.

Calor Gas ordered to withdraw misleading advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland has upheld an OFTEC complaint that Calor Gas made misleading energy-savings claims in its latest campaign.

FMB calls for improved building industry image

The government is right to identify the need to improve the image of the building industry, to help drive up standards and improve consumer protection, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

New water-efficiency label launched

DIY retailers, builders' merchants and manufacturers are to implement a voluntary labelling scheme, to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom fittings such as taps, showers, WCs and baths.

Bathroom-sector consumer habits under analysis

JM Blake Marketing is partnering with a number of bathroom companies to conduct new research into the buying habits of bathroom-sector customers in the UK.

Workers exposed to asbestos by employer

The owner of a cladding installation business has been fined after he exposed workers to a potentially fatal risk from airborne asbestos fibres at a house in Bedfordshire.