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Eco-friendly home improvements: What's the Green Deal?

India Johnson talks through some of the benefits of the government's energy-efficiency scheme.

Don't get caught out by new seasonal efficiency legislation

New energy efficiency legislation, the Energy Related Directive, which requires seasonal efficiency ratings to be calculated for air conditioning products of less than 12kW, came into force at the beginning of January.

Property industry welcomes offices to homes development

The property industry has welcomed government plans to introduce new permitted development rights to convert offices to homes without planning permission.

Ground source heat pump RHI tariff to be reviewed

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has this week announced a review of the Renewable Heat Incentive Tariffs following the recent consultation.

Wolseley acquisition of Burdens branches approved

Wolseley UK has received clearance from the Office of Fair Trading following its acquisition of 22 Burdens branches across the UK.

APHC increase training portfolio for 2013

After experiencing increased demand for training courses last year APHC has increased its training portfolio for 2013.

Installer fined for illegal use of HETAS logo

A heating installer from Devon has been ordered to pay almost £3,500 by Barnstaple Magistrates Court for offences including the misuse of the HETAS logo.

Green Deal will place greater demand on energy-saving installers

The Green Deal will place greater demand on installers of energy efficient technologies and businesses should take advantage of the opportunity, says EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications.

Private sector housebuilding staid stable in 2012

Private sector house building was stable in 2012, despite overall decline, according to latest National House-Building Council data.

Green Deal launch attracts criticism

The launch of the Green Deal on 28 January has brought with it a host of negative publicity, as consumers assess the cost and value of signing up to long-term loans.

Free guide for private rented sector landlords funding green measures

Landlords are being urged to consider what works may be required to improve their property's energy performance certificate ratings sooner rather than later, to stay ahead of planned regulation.

Insulation industry "in crisis" as job losses rise to 4,000

Thousands of jobs have been lost and nearly 45,000 installations cancelled across the UK as a direct result of government delays in the introduction of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, according to the Insulation Industry Forum.

Industry gives a mixed response to Green Deal launch

The government's flagship energy efficiency scheme is officially underway, with the launch of the Green Deal on 28 January.

Free training for all Electrical Safety Register listed firms

All registrants on the new Electrical Safety Register are to receive free training as more details of the partnership between the Electrical Contractors' Association and Electrical Safety Council are revealed.

Time is running out to join Part P Competent Persons Schemes

Logic Certification is urging installers looking to join a Part P Competent Persons Scheme to do so now before the qualifying requirements change on 6 April.

NAPIT welcomes changes to Part P of the Building Regulations

NAPIT welcomes the recently announced changes to Part P of the Building Regulations, due to come into force on 6 April 2013 in England, with the current requirements continuing in Wales until further notice.

Solar companies to sue government over Feed-in Tariffs

More solar companies have announced they are preparing to sue the government over its handling of the solar photovoltaic (PV) Feed-in Tariff (FiT) reduction.

Installers encouraged to have their say in Local Authority Health & Safety consultation

The Association of Plumbing &Heating Contractors is urging members to respond to the Health & Safety Executive consultation on its proposals to introduce a Local Authority Enforcement Code.

UK boiler market declined further in 2012, industry figures show

Boiler sales in 2012 continued to decline, down 2.2% from 2011, according to the Heating and Hot water Industry Council's (HHIC) quarterly statistical analysis.

A third of building firms may have to axe staff

The construction industry is on a knife-edge, says the Federation of Master Builders, as a third of all small to medium-sized building firms fear they will have to reduce staffing levels this year.

Wage agreement reached by B&ES and Unite

A wage agreement for 2013/2014 has been reached by the Building & Engineering Services Association and Unite, starting from 28 January.

CIBSE calls on government to aid 'green growth'

In an open letter to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and member organisations from across the construction, property and infrastructure sector, highlighted a 'remarkable degree of consensus' in the potential for 'green growth'.

Merchant asks job seekers to submit video applications

Colchester-based Trade Plumbing has launched a recruitment drive with a difference, as job hunters are urged to get creative with a video camera in their bid to secure employment.

App launched to simplify mileage registration

TomTom has launched an app that makes it easier for installers to keep an accurate log of their trips using their smartphone.

Commercial support for federation leads to reduced membership fees

The Heating Engineers & Allied Trades Federation is pleased to announce a reduction in first year membership fees thanks to new commercial support.

APHC launches Green Deal installer scheme

APHC Certification is now offering the Green Deal Installer Scheme to all approved installers alongside its comprehensive Competent Persons Scheme.

Biomass Heating Group launched to provide united voice to government

Energy & Utilities Alliance has launched a Biomass Heating Group in order to provide a unified body to represent companies involved in the biomass heating industry.

Landlord fined for gas safety failings

A Chester landlord has been fined after ignoring repeated warnings about gas safety at a rented property.

Urgent reviews of legionella treatment essential after HSE ban on elemental copper

Thousands of property managers responsible for public buildings are being forced to carry out urgent reviews and source alternative water treatments following the recent Health & Safety Executive ban on the use of elemental copper as a biocide, particularly for legionella control.

Free Econic heat pumps webinar following RHI changes

Ground source specialists Econic are to hold a free heat pumps webinar, offering advice and guidance on the best ways to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Econic welcomes RHI changes catering for ground source heating and cooling systems

Ofgem has amended Renewable Heat Incentive regulations to help owners of ground source heating and cooling systems take part in the scheme.

APHC extends series of free Green Deal seminars for installers

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has extended its Green Deal seminar series, following a high level of installer demand.

London gas fitter fined for illegal boiler work

An illegal gas fitter has been fined for endangering a family after he unsafely fitted a new boiler at their home in Tooting.

£125M Green Deal cashback scheme opens

The Green Deal Cashback Scheme is open for applications and "energy saving has never been so attractive" according to Energy & Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey.

Government plans to improve quality of apprentices

Government has announced plans for a new Traineeship programme to prepare young people for jobs in the industry and to ensure they meet a minimum standard.

Green Deal may boost demand for glazing

More than half of UK homeowners are interested in installing double glazing, new research from the Energy Saving Trust has found - with that number predicted to rise under the Green Deal.

Consumers urged to seek advice as cold snap begins

HHIC is urging people to seek advice on simple energy-saving measures as the winter weather turns cold.

Saniflo starts the year on national TV

Saniflo is advertising nationally on TV in January and February with a heavyweight campaign to the company's homeowning target audience.

APHC improves training grant for 2013

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors' sister company, APHC Training, is offering a new and improved training grant scheme for 2013.

Bosch Thermotechnology extends Buderus boiler range

A new gas-fired commercial condensing boiler has been launched by Buderus, part of the commercial and industrial division of Bosch Thermotechnology.

Breathing Buildings offers guidance for schools

Natural ventilation company Breathing Buildings has launched a guidance paper to help contractors involved in the Priority School Building Programme.

Record number of consumers searching for TrustMark tradesmen

TrustMark records its highest number of 'tradesmen viewings' on its website with 3.9 million homeowners searching for local tradesmen in 2012 to carry out work on their home or garden.

Top manufacturers answer SOS call

Home improvement show, DIY SOS, was supported by members of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association as they transformed the house of a family in need.

Free wet room installation training with Impey

With over 250,000 successful wet room installations in the UK, Impey Showers is offering one-day intensive training courses for industry professionals at its Centre of Excellence in Ilton, Somerset.

UK construction to turn a corner in 2013

The UK construction market is expected to turn a corner this year, with chartered surveyors predicting output to increase in 2013, according to the latest RICS construction market survey.

Employers get apprenticeship boost

Small and medium sized employers looking to offer apprenticeships in England are being given a boost as the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) announces moves to help even more employers recruit an apprentice.

APHC Training grant available for installers

APHC Training is now offering £100 grants to companies who want to keep an existing qualified employee up to date on their training.

Gas fitter fined for carrying out illegal work

An unregistered gas fitter has appeared in court in Swindon after carrying out illegal work on a boiler, potentially leaving the householder at risk.

Green Deal fees 'deterring householders'

Upfront charges of up to £150 are likey to deter householders from getting involved in the Green Deal, according to MPs and consumer groups.

Significant rise in planning permissions during 2012

There was a 'significant' rise in the number of planning permission approvals granted across England during 2012, according to figures released by the Home Builders' Federation (HBF).