Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Construction sites put under safety spotlight

An intensive inspection initiative, aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health when working at height, will target construction sites across the North East and other parts of the UK.

Plumbase launches spares store

Heating and plumbing merchant Plumbase will launch its dedicated spares business, Sparesbase, on 10 September.

Forum welcomes OFT's fuel price investigation

An inquiry being launched into fuel pricing by the Office of Fair Trading is said to be 'long overdue'.

Construction collaboration rates poor

The drive to increase contract collaboration is being hampered by issues such as the ongoing economic difficulties, according to recent research.

City & Guilds qualifications for Green Deal installers

APHC are encouraging installers who want to learn more about environmental technologies ahead of the Green Deal to consider City & Guilds qualifications.

Plumber sentenced for fitting dangerous boiler in child's room

A 'reckless' plumber who posed as a Gas Safe registered engineer was given a suspended sentence after his firm fitted a dangerous boiler in what was to be a child's bedroom in a house in Essex.

New housing minister must 'hit the ground running'

The housebuilding industry has welcomed the appointment of Mark Prisk as the new housing minister, replacing Grant Shapps, as part of the government reshuffle.

Job: BMS Engineer at Oxford University

Oxford University Estates Directorate is seeking an experienced Building Management System (BMS) Engineer to operate, modify and programme the University's TREND BMS system.

Glen Dimplex Group integrates Faber brand

Glen Dimplex Group has announced it will integrate the Faber gas fire brand into its Gas Fire Division.

Glazers fined for Gas Safety breach

A Kent double glazing company has been fined after building a conservatory over a gas flue, putting a pregnant woman and a child at risk.

Landlords support the Green Deal

Most landlords are considering having energy-efficiency measures installed in their properties, according to a survey by the National Landlords Association.

New course to boost construction industry

UK colleges will be offering a new qualification this September, to help shape the future of the construction industry.

Government to boost construction sector

Parliament returns from its summer break today, with the coalition government vowing to take steps to boost the construction sector.

APHC engages with employers on gas competency

Preliminary findings from APHC's gas competency survey has produced some surprising results, says APHC.

OFTEC agrees Prompt Payer deal

A new business deal has been agreed to give OFTEC members automatic membership of Prompt Payer worth £250.

Landlords must prepare for legal changes

Altecnic is advising landlords to invest in energy-efficient home improvements ahead of new government regulations coming into force.

Apprenticeship grants 'a welcome boost'

SummitSkills has welcomed news that the government is to make apprenticeship grants available to more employers.

Replacing radiators improves efficiency

The energy efficiency of millions of homes across the UK can be improved simply by replacing existing radiators, according to recent research.

Plumbers urged to have their say on consumer rights directive

APHC is encouraging all plumbing and heating contractors to have their say on the implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive (CRD) as some of the changes could impact small businesses within the industry.

Renewable training academy opens

The Easy MCS & Easy Green Deal training academy has been officially opened to an audience of industry leaders ranging from government level through to certification bodies and prospective installers and advisors.

Mark Cobb Installations is bought by WT Parker

Mark Cobb Installations has been sold to WT Parker, saving the jobs of around 30 members of staff, after the business entered into administration in August.

Travis Perkins launches bathroom showroom

Travis Perkins has begun a national rollout of bathroom showrooms to improve service for its trade customers.

Showerlux ceases trading

Shower enclosure manufacturer Showerlux UK ceased trading on 23 August, with 16 staff being made redundant.

UPDATED: Government to end 5% VAT rate

The government is set to withdraw the 5% reduced VAT rate for energy-saving materials installed in buildings used by charities, APHC has learned.

Survey reveals further fall in workload

Almost one in three firms have seen a fall in their workload during the first six months of 2012, according to a survey carried out by the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

Worcester scoops Which? Best Buy awards

Worcester, Bosch Group's Greenstar range has received 23 Best Buy accreditations in the most recent Which? report unveiled today.

Selling off council houses could kick-start housebuilding

A think tank is arguing that expensive council houses should be sold when vacant and the money reinvested in building cheaper homes.

Installers need to make most of opportunities in tough market

Alpha responds to low boiler sales figures by encouraging installers to focus on upselling ancillary products.

Competent persons scheme notifications for cavity wall insulation up a third

In the first six months of 2012, just under a quarter of a million cavity wall insulation installations were carried out under the Cavity Wall Insulation Self Certification scheme (CWISC) - a 36% increase in installations under the scheme compared to the first six months of 2011.

Calor warns about dangers of unlawful filling of LPG cylinders at autogas refuelling sites

Calor Gas has issued a safety warning following reports of unlawful and dangerous filling of its portable LPG cylinders at self-service petrol stations and other autogas refuelling sites.

Remeha Commercial launches Trade Counter Service

Remeha Commercial, UK manufacturer of heating and hot water systems and products, has launched a new trade counter service to offer greater flexibility to installers, heating engineers, consultants and specifiers.

Falsified asbestos record leaves school and engineers at risk

Two men have been fined after committing fraud by falsifying a record stating that a school in Abingdon had been properly cleaned of asbestos.

Landlord prosecuted over CO poisoning

A landlord received a suspended jail sentence for endangering lives after a mother, her partner and her eight-year-old daughter suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty boiler at their flat in Lewisham.

British workers spending time and money brewing up

British businesses are losing precious time and money each year by using kettles rather than instant hot water boilers, according to recent research.

APHC encourages employers to take part in gas competency review

Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has created a short survey covering a number of points put forward in the findings of the Gas Safe Register (GSR) report.

Construction safety precautions prevent prosecution

"Making workplaces safe, even in the construction industry, is not rocket science," says Michael Slade, managing director of health & safety specialist Bibby Consulting & Support.

Get to grips with new products and legislation through online courses

Plumbers' merchant Graham has seven new online courses, designed to help users become familiar with changes in the renewables market, thanks to the Greenworks Learning Gateway portal.

Fight back against unfair reviews

Reputation agency gotjuice.co.uk has announced it is investing £250,000 in new online services to help tradespeople fight back against 'unfair and untrue reviews' posted online about their businesses.

Be Gas Safe!

HVP is proud to support the second annual Gas Safety Week, taking place from 10 to 16 September, 2012.

Commercial RHI 'needs heat pumps'

Commercial-scale air-to-water heat pumps must be included in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) 'as soon as possible', says Daikin UK managing director Peter Verkempynck.

A 'raw deal' for rural renewables

OFTEC is warning that the government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Green Deal policies will mean rural homeowners will have no incentives to go green.

Federation launches online Field Report service

The Heating Engineers & Allied Trades Federation has launched a new online Field Report service to make it easier for members to address problems they encounter in the field.

Figures show 'rapid decline' of construction industry

ONS figures on the decline of the construction industry shows the government is 'not doing enough', believes Calor Gas.

Firm receives £10,000 tax fine for name change

Small businesses are being warned to always keep the taxman informed after one firm receives a £10,000 fine after changing its name.

Changing behaviour 'crucial' to Green Deal

Changing how consumers relate to energy-efficiency messages is 'crucial' to make sure the Green Deal doesn't fail, says HHIC.

Men face jail over B&Q fraud scam

Three men who defrauded B&Q out of almost £50,000 over five years now face a custodial sentence.

Boiler sales hit 10-year low

Urgent action is needed to support the construction industry, says HHIC, as boiler sales fall to their lowest in 10 years.

APHC support attempts to tackle late payment for SMEs

Government reaffirmed its commitment to help improve cash flow for UK firms at a meeting with members of the Small Business Economic Forum (SBEF) last week.

Millions still available for social landlord projects

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) social landlords competition is being reopened, with millions of pounds still available for social landlords to fund low carbon heating into the homes of hundreds of social housing tenants.

Essex company gets sole distribution rights to Thermodynamic panel

Essex-based Ultima Solar has been given sole distribution rights in the UK for the Thermodynamic Panel.