Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Let the buyer beware - new legislation now in force

Elta Fans is warning specifiers of ventilation products to make sure they are up to date with what they need to know when sourcing fans, now that the first phase of the Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive is in force.

Next generation of female plumbers kick-start unique training scheme

A group of seven female trainees has begun a one year work-based learning programme with training provider EAS Mechanical and Stopcocks Women Plumbers, which will see them qualify into the industry at Level 2 and give them the opportunity to run their own business.

Firms fined after Bristol man electrocuted

A Bristol property development firm has been prosecuted after a plumber was electrocuted while installing a washing machine.

Top trainees honoured in London and South East

Presentations of this year’s London and South East Building Services Engineering Regional Training Awards took place at a ceremony organised by B&ES subsidiary Building Engineering Services Training (BEST) and sponsored by Pegler Yorkshire.

SummitSkills supports Apprenticeship Week

SummitSkills will join hundreds of organisations in celebrating the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, business and the economy during the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week from 11-15 March.

Funding flop is crippling construction, warns FMB

A quarter of SME building firms have missed out on contracts because they can't secure vital funding, with many claiming banks and building societies are "actively discriminating" against construction companies, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Court action over reduced VAT on ESM

After much confusion within the industry over the appropriate application of VAT on energy saving materials (ESM), it was announced in February that the European Commission has decided to refer the UK to the EU Court of Justice over its reduction of VAT on the supply and installation of energy-saving materials.

OFTEC appoints new chairman

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Oil Firing Technical Association, OFTEC.

Landlord may face jail after failing to conduct gas safety checks

A private landlord in Hull is facing the threat of jail after ignoring repeated warnings about gas safety and exposing tenants to a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

MARC proposes radiator scrappage scheme

The Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) believes a 'radiator scrappage scheme', similar to the successful programme to encourage boiler replacement, can help boost the UK's green agenda.

Polypipe ventilation to offer Cortexa training

Polypipe Ventilation, manufacturer of domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, has teamed up with online training provider Cortexa to offer a new and informative training module for ventilation distribution partners.

Firstcall's hot deal to better heat your home

Homeowners and landlords left frustrated by delays with government's flagship Green Deal scheme are being urged to get round the problem by snapping up a cost-saving initiative to make their properties more energy efficient.

HSS Hire launches new smartphone App and 'Scan To Hire'

Customers simply scan and hire anything from the HSS Hire Guide using their smartphones for a quick and easy hire experience.

Survey indicates falling order and enquiry levels

The turnover of companies in membership of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) showed a less rapid drop in the second half of 2012 than in the first half - but worsening order and enquiry levels indicate that business performance is likely to deteriorate in the coming year.

DECC confirms RHI changes

Government has now confirmed changes to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) following last year's industry consultation.

Loft insulation 'not as effective' as homeowners believe

A recent study has revealed loft insulation in most homes is typically providing only 50% of the energy savings homeowners have been led to believe they would.

British Gas 'should use profits to help customers'

Trade union Unite has called on British Gas to use its profits to help customers save energy following Centrica's 2012 financial update results.

Copper alternative to aluminium in helping control fungi emission in HVAC systems

Copper can be helpful in controlling the emission of fungi from heating ventilation and air-conditioning systems, concluded a recent study presented at the US Environmental Protection Agency's recent Committee on Indoor Air Quality.

BIS publishes finance schemes guidance for SMEs

APHC has welcomed the release of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills guidance document on measures to support small and medium sized enterprise growth.

Biomass companies work with government to reach 4th Carbon Budget targets

A group of leading companies from across the domestic biomass supply chain have joined forces to set the foundations for a collaboration with government on the decarbonisation of domestic heating in the UK by 2030.

British Gas creates 1,000 jobs for the young and unemployed

British Gas has committed to helping create job opportunities for the young and unemployed over the next three years as part of a new partnership with Accenture and environment charity Global Action Plan.

UK must win EU energy efficiency VAT ruling, says EUA

The decision by the European Commission to take the UK to court to force the Treasury to scrap reduced VAT rates on energy efficiency measures needs to be fought and the UK must win, claims Mike Foster, chief executive of Energy and Utilities Alliance.

APHC introduces training provider membership category

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has created a new training provider membership category in response to growing demand from training centres and colleges.

Econic offers free heat pumps webinar

Heat pump specialist Econic is holding a free webinar covering every aspect of ground source heat pumps, from how the technology works to planning the ideal system.

Father and son prosecuted for illegal gas work

A father and son from Crewe have been prosecuted for carrying out illegal gas work.

Ofgem issues guidance for installers looking to move into insulation

Ofgem has produced a new guidance document setting out the rules for all solid wall insulation jobs carried out under the Energy Company Obligation scheme.

Q4 figures show sharp down turn in building material sales

The latest Sales Indicators from the Builders Merchants Federation show that sales of building materials nationally, when adjusted for both inflation and trading day differences, fell by 16.7% in Q4 compared with the preceding Quarter

Construction firms using alternative funding report four quarters of consecutive growth

Construction businesses using specialist funding services which release cash tied up in outstanding customer billing, have seen turnover increasing over four consecutive quarters, according to data from Bibby Financial Services.

Time is running out to prepare for Real Time PAYE

Small businesses have their heads in the sand when it comes to Real Time PAYE, according to new research from Intuit.

We need a Budget for energy-efficient homes, FMB warns Chancellor

The Budget must include measures to make Britain's homes more energy-efficient, boosting the construction industry and helping householders protect themselves against rising fuel bills, the Federation of Master Builders has warned the Chancellor.

HSE launches safety clampdown on construction sites

The HSE is to embark on a national clampdown on unsafe practices at construction sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.

Nuaire pays Titon over High Court case

A settlement has been reached between Titon Hardware and Nuaire in a High Court claim over Intellectual Property rights.

Businesses snap up apprenticeship grants

Government funding to help businesses take on an apprentice has led to the creation of at least 18,900 new apprenticeships in England over the past year, according to provisional data.

HSE is running a free event to help those who train apprentices explain the dangers of asbestos

Apprentice tradespeople are set to benefit from a new e-learning package to help them better understand the risks from asbestos.

Rural Energy is holding a free biomass webinar highlighting the benefits of 'retrofitting'

Green energy firm Rural Energy is holding a free biomass webinar on Friday 15 February offering help and advice on the best ways to take advantage of the renewable technology.

HETAS Insurance Services launched

HETAS has teamed up with Jelf Clarke Roxburgh to launch HETAS Insurance Services.

Surge of new members for BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation is experiencing a membership upswing, with 18 new members joining the industry trade body in the last few months.

Free guide to the new energy labelling of air conditioning systems

Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free, CPD-approved guide to the new energy labelling of air conditioning systems following the introduction of the Ecodesign Directive for Energy Related Products at the start of the year.

NHBC freezes fees to support house-building industry

The National House-Building Council has announced it is freezing fees on all key services in a move to support Britain's house-building industry.

Gallagher Heath secures new five-year insurance agreement with APHC

Gallagher Heath has announced a new five-year agreement with the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors to manage all commercial insurance facilities for new and existing APHC members.

Unregistered gas fitter receives suspended prison sentence for fraudulent claims and endangering life

A Brixham gas fitter has appeared in court for carrying out unsafe work on boilers and illegally issuing landlord gas safety check records in Torbay.

Home improvement opportunity for plumbers in 2013

Plumbing trade supplier Plumbfix is predicting installers will have their work cut out for them this year, as more households look to improve their homes.

Consumer targeting is key to take-up of green heating

UK homeowners are being sent inappropriately-targeted marketing information every day, according to exclusive research from the Energy Saving Trust.

BMF challenges PM to stand up to Brussels over 5% VAT rate

"I hear what you say and we will look at it" was the message from David Cameron to the Builders Merchants' Federation (BMF) on the question of retaining the 5% VAT rate.

Kohler Mira and Bristan face each other in Patent court

Kohler Mira has brought a case involving electric shower designs to Patent Court, accusing Bristan Group of breaching its Intellectual Property rights.

Free APHC seminar helps installers future proof their business

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors and its supplier partners are hosting a seminar afternoon, aiming to shed some light on important changes that will affect plumbing and heating businesses in the coming year.

Travis Perkins Group acquires Solfex Energy Systems

The Travis Perkins Group has announced the acquisition of renewable energy distribution specialists, Solfex Energy Systems.

Businesses could save millions by reducing van weights

New research from the Energy Saving Trust has revealed that UK businesses could save around £50 million a year by reducing unnecessary weight in the back of their vans and light goods vehicles.

First Green Deal plan signed on the day of scheme launch

Toriga is delighted to be the first Green Deal Provider to officially sign a Green Deal Plan with a UK homeowner.

Replacing old inefficient boilers is key in the fight to reduce energy bills

Print out and keep these step-by-step instructions on how to install a Thermaflow electric combi boiler.