Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
B&ES seeks new chief executive

Building & Engineering Services Association's (B&ES) Blane Judd has stepped down from his role as chief executive.

'Ignorance can be fatal'

The Institution of Gas Engineers' is encouraging engineers to attend its free conference on carbon monoxide on 11 July.

Ford announces new nationwide training for young drivers

Ford Motor Company has announced the introduction of its Ford Driving Skills for Life programme in the UK, as latest statistics confirm that road accidents remain one of the leading causes of death in young people.

EP decision is "callous"

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament (EP) exploited a procedural loophole last week (19 June), denying the majority of MEPs the chance to influence their proposals to amend the F Gas Regulation, according to the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA).

College student named Trainee of the Year

Plumbing student Scott Ramm (22) has won the 'Heating and Plumbing Services Group Trainee of the Year Award 2013' from the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

APHC welcomes increased promotion of HSE prosecutions

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has welcomed the increase in the promotion of all prosecutions for unsafe installation work by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in their weekly e-bulletin.

Updates to the ACOP on legionnaires' disease

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has set out proposals to publish an updated Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) on legionnaires' disease: 'The control of legionella bacteria in water systems' (L8).

Householders choose proof over price

More than half of British householders say a clearly displayed certification mark from a trusted organisation is now more important than price when it comes to choosing a tradesperson, according to results from a recent survey by Ipsos MORI.

Is your building safe from legionella bacteria?

Ventilation Surveys & Services (VSS) has warned of legionella becoming a growing concern for thousands of property managers across the UK, in the light of outbreaks of legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh and Stoke last year.

Kingfisher anticipates DIY revival

Financial assistance for first-time homebuyers is likely to prompt a resurgence of DIY spending after several years of decline, Kingfisher's chief executive Ian Cheshire has said.

Siemens urges DECC to ensure smart meters work in high-rises

Nearly 5.7 million households classed as multi-dwelling units (MDUs) are at risk of not receiving the energy and cost efficiency benefits offered by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) Smart Metering Implementation Programme, according to recent research by Siemens.

First official Green Deal figures revealed this week

The first official Green Deal figures have been released by the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) amid suggestions that the general public is failing to take up the funding options available.

Council fined for allowing potentially lethal work

A Welsh local authority has been fined after building work at a house exposed a woman and her foster children to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Blue Watch is the new name in fire and home safety

Capita has today (25 June) announced the launch of Blue Watch, a new fire and home safety scheme supported by the UK's fire and rescue services (FRS).

£91 million fund to refurbish housing

Communities minister Don Foster recently announced that £91 million is to be spent in England to refurbish and bring back into use 6,000 empty and derelict houses and commercial premises.

Former director Geoffrey Cutting MBE dies at 88

Geoffrey Cutting MBE, who served for 28 years as director of the organisation now known as the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), has died at the age of 88.

Chris Sneath awarded MBE for industry services

Chris Sneath, who served two terms as president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (then the HVCA), has been appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) status in recognition of his outstanding service to the heating and plumbing sectors.

WindowMaster delivers 'truly fit for purpose' buildings

WindowMaster, provider of natural comfort and smoke ventilation solutions, has presented important research findings on the energy consumption of ventilation systems at a CIBSE Technical Symposium.

Martyn tops Midlands SkillPLUMB heat

The latest heat in the 2013 SkillPLUMB competition has seen 23 year-old Martyn Lee named the Midlands' best young plumber after a demanding event at Burton and South Derbyshire College on 12 June.

Prime Minister announces initiative to create 100,000 engineering technicians

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday (24 June) announced a new initiative that will help create 100,000 registered engineering technicians by 2018.

New president for CIPHE

Steve Ingle has been elected as national president for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Toolstation celebrates 10th anniversary with giveaway

Low cost trade supplier Toolstation is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and has now launched its 50th catalogue.

Husband and wife plumbing team win Best New Business award

On Tap Plumbers, a St Albans-based husband and wife team, has scooped Best New Business in this month's Hertfordshire FSB Awards - and taken second place in St Albans Business of the Year.

StreetwiseSubbie launches Fair Treatment Charter

At the recent StreetwiseSubbie National Conference, StreetwiseSubbie.com launched its Fair Treatment Charter to around 100 delegates from the UK construction industry.

Trustmark supports new consumer codes scheme

TrustMark has welcomed the Trading Standards Institute's (TSI) new Consumer Codes Approval Scheme. Launched this week (18 June), the scheme aims to give customers greater confidence in various codes of practice operated by trade associations and business organisations.

Euroheat brings wood heating to life

Euroheat has launched a range of short films designed to make understanding biomass easier for installers and end users.

NAPIT says smart meter delay "could have been avoided"

The conversion of 53 million households' meters to new 'smart' energy meters has been delayed from 2014 to 2015, on the request of the six largest energy companies in the UK, which have been charged with the task of carrying out the initiative.

Plumbing down under is no pipe dream

Bexley College is to assist Peter Miles, head teacher of plumbing at North Sydney College, with research into training and plumbing in the UK.

Tender prices show signs of bottoming out

Tender prices rose by 6.4% in Q4 2012, compared with the previous quarter, and by 4.0% compared with the same quarter in 2011, according to the latest figures from the UK construction Tender Price Index. However, previous fluctuation indicates a 'bottoming out'.

Price pledges to reduce pressure on installers

Robert Price MBE has been appointed as the new president of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC). In his inaugural speech at the Presidents' Dinner on Saturday 15 June, he called for an end to the bureaucratic burden placed on plumbing and heating contractors by government initiatives.

Free ground source heat pump webinar

Heat pump specialist Econic is holding a free webinar on 24 June to dispel some of the myths surrounding the technology and its implementation.

CE marking comes to bathrooms

Major changes in the labelling of bathroom products marketed throughout Europe will take place on 1 July 2013.

Toshiba warns of misleading air-con branding

Toshiba Air Conditioning has urged the trade and end users to beware of misleadingly labelled air conditioning units following a rise in complaints about sub-standard equipment.

BSW embraces government's ECO initiative

BSW Building Services is working with boiler suppliers and local authorities in support of the government's Affordable Warmth initiative.

Construction SMEs lose out on 90% of public sector contracts

More than 40% of construction SMEs are failing to win nine out of 10 public sector contracts, and over half have seen their success rate fall when bidding for public sector work over the past five years, according to a new report by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Energy-saving measures boost house prices

Making energy-saving improvements to your property could increase its value by 14% on average, and up to 38% in some parts of England, according to new research released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

NIA welcomes Scottish government funding

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed the news that the Scottish government will be providing almost £50 million of funding to help make homes cheaper to heat.

SELECT welcomes government initiatives on Public Procurement Reform

SELECT, the trade body for Scotland's electrotechnical industry, has welcomed the positive tone of the recent debate on the Public Procurement Reform bill.

CORGI addresses the 'silent killer'

'Improving gas safety in social housing' was the topic at the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group seminar this week (12 June), with CORGI Technical Services and the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) highlighting the importance of raising standards, sharing best practice and moving forward.

Free app boosts homeowner and tradesman relationship

TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark to help people find reputable tradesmen, is calling on homeowners and tradesmen to have an open conversation at the start of every job to ensure a successful working relationship.

Court for illegal Norfolk gas fitter

A Norfolk plumber has appeared in court for illegally carrying out gas work for a landlord in Norwich.

Employers invited to help shape future skills

Employers, employer bodies and other organisations are being invited to inform the work that SummitSkills is carrying out over the coming months, which will shape the skills and competencies of those working in the building services engineering (BSE) sector.

Ventilation and temperature affects student results

The performance of school children in the classroom is negatively affected by poor ventilation and temperature control, according to a recent wide-ranging study.

Plumb Center and Parts Center release apps for Android

Plumb Center and Parts Center have released apps for Android phones, putting a range of features at customers' fingertips.

Written contracts protect consumers best, says FMB

A written contract for building work is the best option for consumers wanting to protect themselves against unscrupulous tradesmen, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the Draft Consumer Rights Bill.

Scotland declares new CO regulations

Scotland recently announced new Building Regulations on carbon monoxide (CO), which not only raises awareness of the deadly gas but also creates an opportunity for installers to demonstrate their duty of care.

Fully funded Green Deal training available to installers

Installers are being offered a Green Deal and ECO training and support package, fully funded by government grant, from EU Skills Network and QMSA.

FAS acquires Ashvale

Fire and Air Services Group (FAS) has successfully acquired Ashvale Fire Services.

House sales highest since 2010

The amount of homes sold in the UK over the past three months reached its highest level since January 2010 as buyers across the country began to return to the market, says the latest RICS residential market survey (11 June 2013).

OFTEC promotes workmanship warranty

Installers need to offer a workmanship warranty for the protection of consumers, according to the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC).