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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).

VAT cut tops New Year wish list for builders

A VAT cut for housing renovation and repair work is at the top of the New Year's wish-list for most small and medium-sized construction companies, according to a new survey.

Severe scalding at care home could have been prevented

A Cornish care home that was blasted as "criminally negligent" for scalding a vulnerable disabled resident could have easily prevented the accident occurring at all, according to anti-scald manufacturer Inta.

Geberit January training places still available

Installers looking to brush up on their knowledge of sanitary systems and piping solutions are being given a last minute chance to attend one of Geberit's free training modules.

Scrapping of Consequential Improvement plans 'welcomed' by APHC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has welcomed the government's recent announcement that plans to introduce consequential improvement requirements to Building Regulations have been scrapped.

Landlord prosecuted for putting family at CO risk

A Bradford landlord has been given community service after repeatedly failing to produce a gas safety record for a property occupied by a mother and her two children.

BWT brings free commissioning to the UK

From 1 January, 2013, all BWT-branded water softeners will be eligible for free commissioning.

Online tool explains flues in voids legislation

Gas Safe Register has launched a new online learning platform to help registered engineers understand new industry guidance around flues in voids legislation.

Insulation industry jobs lost 'due to Green Deal delays'

Hundreds of jobs have been lost in the insulation industry this Christmas as a "direct result" of government delays in the introduction of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), according to the Insulation Industry Forum (IIF).

Scottish government announces new construction site policy

The Scottish government is introducing a new policy whereby all companies engaged in new public sector construction contracts must ensure on-site staff are registered with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

Government confirms changes to Part P Building Regs

The government has amended Part P of the Building Regulations for England, reducing the amount of work that requires Part P certification.

Win a £20,000 VW van from ADEY

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions is celebrating the launch of its advanced MagnaClean Professional2 filter by giving installers the chance to win a new VW Transporter van worth £20,000.

Carbon monoxide campaign groups reach deal with DCLG on CO safety

There is a "profound case" for installing carbon monoxide alarms in air-tight Green Deal homes to help guard against CO poisoning, according to Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Don Foster.

Get involved in the Green Deal

With the Green Deal cashback scheme launch now less than one month away, HVP cuts through the confusion to reveal how the scheme could help grow your business

Delivering advantages for installers

In the race to win and retain new customers, ADEY Professional Heating believes its latest MagnaClean Professional2 magnetic filter will speed up installation.

Relocation, relocation

Alister MaClachlan, product director at Vokera, provides a simple outline to the relocation of a boiler and the factors that must be taken into account

Gas safe message to reach millions through Corrie episode this Boxing Day

As the country prepares for Christmas, home maintenance and carbon monoxide (CO) awareness can be topics easily forgotten amid the hustle and bustle of the festive season.

Consequential improvements axed

The government has announced it has axed consequential improvement plans after industry opposition.

Support for building-mounted solar installations

The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry and biomass developers were given certainty on projects to be supported under the Government Renewables Obligation (RO) on 18 December.

APHC urges installers to adhere to Competent Person Scheme changes

Now that the Green Deal soft launch is underway, it is important that installers understand what qualifications and business changes they face before taking part, including the changes to Competent Person Schemes (CPS) brought in by government earlier this year.

Property services group fined after seven hospitalised for CO poisoning

One of the UK's largest property service organisations has been ordered to pay more than £300,000 in fines, costs and compensation after seven people were hospitalised when carbon monoxide (CO) fumes escaped into their homes.

Mixed response to government's Energy Bill

Stuart Thorogood, president of Schneider Electric UK & Ireland, gives his response to the introduction of the Energy Bill.

Facebook competition for installers

Installers are being invited to enter BRK's Facebook competition over this Christmas period, for the chance to win £100 worth of vouchers to spend at NiCEiC's online shop.

Plumber suffers life-threatening injuries as a result of unsafe scaffolding

A building firm has been fined after a plumber suffered life-threatening injuries in a fall at an outdoor activities centre in Carmarthenshire.

Illegal gas fitter fined for leaving elderly woman at risk of CO poisoning

A South Yorkshire man has been fined for carrying out illegal gas work at a house in Sheffield, putting an elderly woman at risk from deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Council fined after toddlers exposed to asbestos

Staffordshire County Council and a refurbishment firm have been fined for exposing a nursery class, school staff and two joiners to asbestos fibres.

Plumbers put at risk by unsafe scaffolding

A Fife construction firm has been fined for exposing workers to risk of fall from a height by using unsafe scaffolding.

Council fined for putting tenant at CO risk

Chesterfield Borough Council has been fined after carbon monoxide (CO) fed back into one of its properties, putting the tenant at risk of poisoning.

Solar energy from every angle

Print out and keep this step-by-step guide to installing Viessmann's Vitosol 200-T solar tubes

Kingfisher appoints Trade Direct to provide its insurance services

Kingfisher Group UK & Ireland, which owns the B&Q, Screwfix, Trade UK, and TradePoint brands, has appointed Trade Direct Insurance as sole supplier and administrator of the tools and public liability insurance services the Group offers its customers.

RHI 'will increase' carbon emissions in rural areas

The government's proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is unlikely to tackle the problem of carbon emissions from rural homes, according to the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC).

Census holds lessons for bathroom industry

The latest results of the 2011 Census gives the bathroom industry food for thought, believes Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers' Association.

Installers are being invited to take part in the Tectite Tour

Pegler Yorkshire are taking their Tectite push fittings on tour, as they trial a new scheme which aims to challenge people's perceptions of metal push fit, and let them know that there is another way.

Plumbing company fined after workers exposed to asbestos

Significant safety failures by a plumbing company may have led to two workers being exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres during a major refurbishment project on flats in Wales.

Softened water does not cause corrosion in aluminium heat exchangers, says new report

Harvey Water Softeners announces the results of a recent BSI Report and explains the implications for the use of softened water in central heating systems.

Manufacturer provides heating for Antarctic expedition

Dimplex heaters will be providing vital heating and warmth for explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team on The Coldest Journey, a world first attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter, where temperatures can plummet to minus 90°Celsius.

HSE releases Legionella advice for water treatment systems

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released important information and advice on legionella for users and suppliers of water treatment systems.

Green Deal cashback scheme launch brought forward

Worcester, Bosch Group has welcomed the news that DECC is to bring forward to launch of the Green Deal cashback scheme for boiler replacements to the second week in January.

Autumn Statement receives mixed response

Yesterday's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne has had a mixed response from the construction industry.

DECC announces new heat pump training dates

DECC has announced a further two dates for its heat pump training roadshows, to take place in January.

Lack of installer knowledge 'shocking', reveals survey

A survey into Part G Building Regulations, carried out by manufacturer Inta, reveals what the company described as a 'shocking lack of installer knowledge'.

Council encourages women to learn skilled trades

Leicester City Council is encouraging women in the region to become apprentices and learn skilled trades such as plumbing, painting and decorating, and electrics.

Jewson launches Christmas giveaway

Jewson is getting into the festive spirit by offering its customers a free bottle of wine this Christmas.

B&Q sales fall while Screwfix grows

Kingfisher has reported a 4% drop in like-for-like sales at its B&Q outlets, while the company's Screwfix brand saw sales grow by 11%.

DECC announces £2.9 million for Green Deal marketing

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced it is to begin a £2.9 million marketing campaign to promote the Green Deal to UK homeowners.

Company fined after major gas explosion

A property development firm has been fined £100,000 following a major gas explosion that destroyed dozens of homes in South Manchester.

Building firm fined after worker suffered injuries from five metre fall

A Leicestershire building firm has been fined after an employee fell five metres and was then struck by a wooden board and concrete blocks after a partially built floor gave way.