Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Plumbers help train school children

Plumbers and other tradespeople from One Vision Housing Property Services housing association have been sharing their skills with a group of local school children.

Big names sign up to finance Green Deal

An industry-led consortium has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop the business plan for a not-for-profit organisation, The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC), to finance the best-value Green Deal option for consumers.

Warning over rise in 'unethical' free solar PV offers

The rise in companies offering 'free' solar panel installations is leading to some vulnerable homeowners being targeted by less reputable sales companies using hard sell tactics to pocket the household's feed-in tariff, says PTS.

EU dispute delays launch of renewable heat incentive

The RHI for non-domestic systems, due to be launched on 30 September, has been delayed at the last minute after a European Commission dispute.

Exploding US toilets go viral

Exploding toilets seriously injured two workers at a federal building in Washington DC because of a plumbing malfunction.

Plumb Center warns installers to get accreditation

Plumb Center is advising plumbers to ensure they get their MCS accreditation following a report on the BBC's Watchdog TV programme.

Plumber resorts to begging for job

Jobless Alex Borman is so desperate to get a plumbing apprenticeship, he stands around Daventry with a sign advertising that he is available for work.

Black day for Black Country plumber

A plumber has been arrested on suspicion of evading income tax following an investigation by HMRC.

All sorts used to fuel stoves

Whiskey barrels, soiled nappies and carcasses mark just another day in the life of an incorrectly-fuelled wood burning stove.

Biasi goes back to school for art classes

Biasi UK is congratulating local schools and colleges for their efforts in the recent environmentally-themed radiator art competition.

Stormsaver says water documentary a washout

Stormsaver was left disappointed after watching a recent BBC documentary about dwindling water supplies.

UK remains ahead in zero carbon emissions

The UK is among the top three countries in the world in working towards zero carbon emissions in the built environment, according to recent research.

Government acknowledges 'serious challenge' from metal theft

Graham Jones MP for Hyndburn has called on the government to take metal theft more seriously.

EDF latest energy firm to stop 'cold calling'

EDF Energy has become the latest energy company to announce the suspension of unsolicited doorstep sales.

Southport plumber climbs Kilimanjaro for teen brother

Southport plumber Chris Houghton is visiting Africa to scale Kilimanjaro to raise money for his terminally-ill brother.

Monks sue heating firm

Monks have sued a heating firm for thousands of pounds for exposure to asbestos.

'More insulation and less heating', says think tank

The government needs to focus on insulating homes before funding new heating technologies, according to a report by government think thank the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Plumbers prosecuted for illegal work

Two plumbers have been prosecuted and found guilty for carrying out illegal work, and for claiming to be CIPHE registered.

New MCS standard clarifies heat pump performance

The new MCS Microgeneration Installation Standard (MIS 3005) has been released, requiring heat pump systems to be at least 100% sized for a property for 99% of the heating season.

Sales reveal solar hot spots

Sheffield is Britain's solar hot spot, according to a new report from Which? magazine.

Trainer offers to pay for two-year plumbing apprenticeship

Training provider Scientiam is offering to cover the costs of a two-year plumbing apprenticeship for one Halton business.

Register now for your FREE ticket to PHEX Manchester!

FREE tickets for this year's PHEX Manchester exhibition are now available. The show will take place on 11 and 12 October at Old Trafford Stadium.

Builders' Merchants Federation calls for 5% VAT rate

Industry associations including the BMF and APHC have joined together to call for a 5% VAT rate on home improvements as the government's Energy Bill is finalised.

Construction industry returns to growth

The construction industry has seen a 6% year-on-year increase in the value of projects starting on site, according to Glenigan data.

Online business advice from Wickes

Wickes has launched a website offering business advice aimed at plumbers and small contractors.

Vandals trash plumbing firm

Vandals in Edinburgh have caused £20,000 of damage to a plumbing company in Edinburgh just days after the company opened.

OFT takes action against "misleading" heating oil companies

The Office of Fair Trading has taken action against two heating oil companies and price comparison websites it says were "misleading" customers.

Government construction strategy is an opportunity we "miss at our peril"

The UK must adopt the government's Construction Strategy "enthusiastically and unequivocally" to meet carbon reduction targets, according to HVCA president Bob Shelley.

Rogue Traders investigates plumber with CIPHE help

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering has helped BBC's Watchdog investigate a plumbing firm that has received many complaints from customers.

Solar photovoltaic prices "set to fall by 50%"

A new European report claims that solar PV prices are set to fall by up to 50% in the next 10 years.

Top 10 tips for solar installation

Renewable energy company Organic Energy has issued a top 10 guide to solar PV installation after reports that 'cowboy' salesmen were misleading customers.

HSE pledges to tackle asbestos deaths

A target of 4,000 hours of free asbestos awareness training has been set in a new joint initiative to help tradespeople protect themselves from the deadly dust.

Concerns raised over air conditioning cleaner safety

Advanced Engineering is warning engineers to regularly check the labels and safety data sheets of cleaning chemicals advertised as suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Oil heating industry calls for renewable heating subsidy for biofuels

The oil heating industry is urging government to incentivise a switch from fuel oil to biofuels by offering a subsidy as part of the renewable heat incentive.

Heating industry needs to tackle unregistered installers

Alpha Heating Innovation calls for the industry to cut down the number of unregistered heating installers following the Gas Safety Trust report.

Families wanted to spend 12 months living in zero-carbon home

Manufacturer Velux is searching for two families to spend a year living in two monitored zero-carbon homes in Rothwell, Kettering.

Old boilers risk CO poisoning, claims safety report

Old boilers and gas appliances increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a report by the Gas Safety Trust.

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Plumbing business given boost by Prince's Trust

Business leaders in Norfolk are being urged to back a fundraising drive to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Water-saving plumbing set to grow

New research reveals the market for domestic and commercial plumbing products designed specifically to save water was worth £160 million last year.

Building Trade Skills Council goes bust - again

Manchester's privately-run training facility, Building Trade Skills Centres, that trains plumbers and gas installers, has gone into administration for the second time.

Plumber prosecuted for false membership

A plumber has been prosecuted for false claims that he was a member of the CIPHE.

Walsall man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A gas engineer from Willenhall, Walsall, has been prosecuted for illegally carrying out work at a house in Cannock, Stafford.

Derbyshire police warn plumbers in fight back against metal thefts

Derbyshire police has warned that boilers and heating pipes are 'prime targets' as it launches an operation to tackle metal thefts in the county.

Newbuild plumbing work has slumped further

Plumbing work on newbuild construction sites has fallen further with housing approvals at second lowest levels for five years

Plumber forced to continue working to fund his retirement

Rising costs and a falling economy has prompted plumber Ron Mutton to defer his pension in an attempt to save more.

Creditors force plumbing group out of business

Plumbing and maintenance business Kinetics Group owed millions to creditors when it was forced out of business earlier this year.

'Plumbers' top rogue trader complaints league

Rogue traders masquerading as plumbers are the greatest cause of complaint, when it comes to dodgy workers botching jobs, says recent survey.

Merchants tighten store procedures to fight theft

Merchants are to tighten store procedures to fight theft and have set up the DIY & Building Trade Loss Prevention Forum to share best practice and data to help thwart thieves and reduce losses.

Increase in union membership in bid to save jobs

Ireland's Technical Engineering and Electrical Union has signed up 1,500 new members this year as some suggest non-unionised workers are first to be let go by employers.