Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
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.

Government pledges millions to support house building growth

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced £225m of funding to support building of 48,600 high quality homes.

The Grafton Group is first merchant Green Deal Provider

The Grafton Group is proud to become the first building and plumbing merchant authorised to operate as a Green Deal provider.

Britain's energy-wasting families are losing cash

As part of its Hole In The Roof campaign, the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) introduces the Romans, an average British family wasting energy, and money, as if they have a very large hole in the roof.

Builders' merchant sales show short-term improvement but annual decline

The latest monthly sales indicators released by the Builders' Merchants Federation reveal that national sales of building materials rose slightly in quarter 3 of 2012.

Viessmann adds to its commercial boiler range

Viessmann has added three new models to its Vitocrossal 200 gas condensing commercial boiler range.

Homeowners "very interested" in insulation, says survey

A string of harsh winters and a raft of financial incentives have created a growing interest in insulation which offers real opportunities for installers, according to new research by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

Homeowners seek more space in kitchens

Research carried out on behalf of Myson by pollsters ICM has shown that 72% of people feel they do not have enough space in their kitchens to meet their needs.

Pimlico Plumbers announces highest ever sales

Pimlico Plumbers, a large independent plumbing company, has announced it achieved its highest ever monthly sales in October 2012.

Mira extends digital choice with Platinum Dual

Mira Showers - a leading UK manufacturer of showering products and accessories - has launched a new digital shower that offers users both a deluge head and a handset that can be used either together or independently.

App to replace paper gas certificates

A mobile app developer has predicted the end of paper gas safety certificates following a surge of enquiries from heating and plumbing companies across the UK.

SkillPLUMB and SkillPIPE winners announced

After three days of intense practical competition at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham, SummitSkills crowned its SkillPLUMB and SkillPIPE 2012 champions.

Carillion fined for death of worker after fall from a height

A major construction company and a concrete structures firm have been sentenced after a worker died following a fall from height at a Swansea building site.

SME consultation aims to remove red tape

The European Commission is calling upon small and medium sized enterprises to help identify the top 10 EU legislative acts considered to be the most burdensome from them.

Landlord sentenced for forging safety certificate

A landlord in Cambridge has received a suspended jail sentence after forging a gas safety certificate.

Rise in domestic heating oil theft as winter draws in

Police are concerned about the recent rise in thefts of domestic heating oil in North West Leicestershire, totalling £14,000 in value over the last two months.

British tradesmen are 'unsung heroes' of the UK's workforce

British tradesmen are owed around £4.8 billion in unpaid overtime every year, according to new research from Direct Line for Business.

NI Oil Federation customer charter boosts confidence

The Northern Ireland Oil Federation (NIOF) launched its customer charter this week, a first for an oil trade association in the UK and Ireland.

APHC to hold free Green Deal seminars

For installers who want to find out about all things Green Deal, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and changes to Competent Person Schemes (CPS), APHC are hosting three half-day seminars during December.

Advice on new safety legislation for builders

Advice and guidance for builders adapting to the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation on Fee For Intervention is now available at NHBC.

Proposals to ensure a better deal for energy consumers

Millions of households are to be moved to better energy deals, with suppliers limited to four tariffs per fuel type, and customers moved off poor-value 'dead tariffs' under new government plans.

Employers needed to 'Test Drive Talent'

UK businesses are being offered the opportunity to 'Test Drive Talent' under a new SummitSkills' initiative, which will see gifted young students undertake short-term work placements.

Industry response to apprenticeship report

Following the publication of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on apprenticeships, SummitSkills has welcomed conclusions that suggest quality, and not just quantity, should be the UK's focus for apprenticeships.

New partnership sparks online electrical safety register

Consumers can now make the most of an online Electrical Safety Register (ESR), which will provide a database of qualified contractors across the UK.

Customers warned to prepare for cold winter

Customers who use oil to heat their homes and businesses are being warned to prepare for 'one of the coldest winters for more than a decade'.

Take part in a Green Deal web chat with Greg Barker

Greg Barker will be answering questions about the government scheme via a live event stream on Monday 19 November at 11am

Investigations underway as sewage leaks into water systems

Plumbing connections that were not properly made have caused businesses and properties in Devon to leak sewage into water systems, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

Plumbers clean up at Britain's Top Tradesman 2012

A plumber from Scotland has been chosen from over 3,000 entries as Britain's Top tradesman 2012 in the national competition organised by Screwfix.

Honeywell takes gold at House Beautiful Awards

Heating controls manufacturer Honeywell is celebrating taking gold in the 'Best Heating Product' category at the annual House Beautiful magazine awards for its Evotouch touch screen multi-zone controller.

Danfoss launches new heating control

Heating controls manufacturer Danfoss has launched the TP7001 - the first in a new family style of seven-day programmable room thermostats for domestic heating systems.

Knauf Insulation opens new training academy

Knauf Insulation has opened its ThermoShell Training Academy in Birmingham to upskill contractors who wish to install its ThermoShell Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) and External Wall Insulation (EWI).

Trained installer register launched by National Skills Academy

A new register of trained installers has been launched by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies (NSAET), which aims to give local authorities and householders confidence when selecting a renewables tradesperson in their area.

ETI launches consumer behaviour study into heat and energy consumption

The launch of a £3 million research project will lead to a comprehensive behavioural study involving thousands of householders, focused on heat and energy consumption in the UK.

New testing facility for CE marking of solid fuel fired stoves

BSRIA has extended its laboratory and capabilities with a new purpose built facility for comprehensive testing of solid fuel fired stoves.

Consumers urged to cut back on water use

People use an average of five times more water than they realise, despite 81% expressing that they are conscious about their water usage, according to research carried out by bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard.

Research identifies severe lack of gas safety awareness

Public awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning needs improving and more campaigns targeted at this group are required, according to research by the Gas Safety Trust.

Spot checks on the rise for solar installers

Spot checks on solar installations by MCS inspectors are on the rise, according to Deks UK, which said installers will bear the cost of re-inspection if the installation is found to be substandard.

New laws on metal theft will help deter criminals

The House of Commons passed the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill on Friday, in a move which was praised by many industries as a great step forward in the fight to combat metal theft.

Are you at risk from legionella?

More must be done to prevent legionella outbreaks, according to heating supplier and installation company REM.

Millions of radiator replacement opportunities for installers

Recent research carried out by the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) indicated that 20% of homeowners still have radiators in their homes which do not have convectors.

Natural refrigerants globally on the rise

At the international trade show for refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps, Chillventa, international speakers addressed the status of developments in their countries and demonstrated that the growth potential for natural refrigerant cooling options continues unabated.

Government report calls for clarity of apprenticeship scheme

The BIS Select Committee's report on Apprenticeships was published this week, suggesting improvements that could be made to the scheme in order to boost the number of young people entering industry.

Skills show the road to success

Vocational careers are enjoying a rise in respect among the public, who are increasingly aware of the vital role that skills, apprenticeships and work-based learning play in the employment market, according to recent research.

Fraudulent plumber under tagging order curfew

A North Devon plumber is under curfew, having received a suspended prison sentence and tagging order after fraudulently claiming to be a registered gas fitter.

Nottingham entrepeneur wins Dickies' UK Worker of the Year

An entrepreneur from Nottingham has been crowned UK Worker of the Year for 2012, in the Dickies competition sponsored by SEAT to recognise and reward excellence in the British workforce.

iZettle helps plumbers secure up to £283m in lost customer payments

A new mini chip-card reader, that can turn smartphones and tablets into mobile payment terminals, was launched onto the UK market today.

Funding crisis may force charity's closure just days before National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

A charity dedicated to raising awareness of the killer gas carbon monoxide (CO) is at risk of closing down due to lack of funding.

New report on the value of BREEAM

BSRIA has issued a report on the value of the assessment method to the end user.

Bill takes tough stance on scrap metal trading after theft of a Second World War memorial

Richard Ottaway's Scrap Metal Dealers Bill is still under debate as the Third Reading takes place in the House of Commons this week.

New CO legislation in NI 'doesn't go far enough'

OFTEC, which represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry in Northern Ireland, welcomed the new carbon monoxide (CO) legislation that came into effect on 31 October requiring new properties to be fitted with a CO alarm.