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University researches freelance builders in the UK

Leading contractors, national house builders and medium-sized subcontracting firms, are to co-operate with Cranfield University in a bid to determine exactly how many freelance builders are currently working in construction.

Cameron accused of an 'anti-renewables agenda' by energy company

Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of pursuing an "anti-renewables agenda", in a letter by the director of UK renewable energy company Eco Environments.

Plumbers predict growth as homeowners admit to 'botched' DIY

A third of plumbers and tradespeople expect an increase in business this year, as a Wickes survey shows homeowners often botch DIY work.

Why gas certificates are a cheap option

Plumbers looking to market their certification service should remind landlords of the penalties for failing to provide gas safety check records after court hands out £11,500 fine.

Blind plumber 'won't take no for an answer'

A blind plumber says he is determined not to let his disability stand in the way of his career dreams.

Police search for fake plumber burglars

Police are looking for two burglars who pretended to be plumbers to get into their victims' homes.

More job opportunities from new scheme

A huge expansion in plumbing jobs is expected when work starts later this year on the UK's largest residential regeneration schemes in Gateshead.

Company pleads guilty to health and safety breaches after permanently injuring plumber

A gas flue and chimney company has pleaded guilty to three health and safety offences after a plumber broke his back in a seven-metre fall.

Pimlico Plumbers' Buster dies at 104

Buster Martin, employed by Pimlico Plumbers for the past five years where he washed the company's fleet of vehicles, has died aged 104.

Builder jailed after illegal boiler installation

A builder has been jailed after installing a gas boiler without being Gas Safe registered.

Plumbing opportunities at Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium could provide work for plumbers when it is converted into a football ground for West Ham United.

Plumber fined for using illegal software

Plumbing company Norman & Underwood has been ordered to pay £19,287 to settle fees and corrective software purchases after being shopped by a whistleblower for using unlicensed computer software.

Millionaire plumber takes a pay cut

Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers, has said he will take a pay cut this year because "times are tough".

Oil talks: UK meets Saudi to discuss price

UK and Saudi Arabia energy ministers are meeting to discuss the rising cost of oil and international business opportunities.

British Gas in internet scam

British Gas customers have become victims of an internet scam promising cash in exchange for personal identification documents.

Plastics manufacturer fined after worker loses hand

A plastics manufacturer owner has been fined for safety breaches after a worker's hand was severed in a mixing machine.

Industry urges government to Cut the VAT

Baxi is supporting an industry campaign - Cut the VAT - urging the government to reduce the rate of VAT charged on high-efficiency boiler installations and passive flue heat recovery systems.

Still welcome to PHEX Wembley

Today may be the first day of the Wembley event, but you can still attend, even if you've not registered!

Win a Triton Aspirante shower

HVP magazine has joined forces with Triton to give five readers the chance to win a free Aspirante shower. (Closing date: 8 May).

Let the judging begin

The chance to enter the Britain's Favourite Plumber competition is now over and judging for the coveted award is underway.

Housing improvements in Wales could save NHS millions

Improving housing conditions in Wales could save the NHS millions of pounds a year by reducing physical and mental illness caused by poor living conditions, according to a new report from BRE Trust.

Renewable energy companies 'in a difficult position'

Kensa Engineering says the government needs to do more to stop the demise of renewable energy companies following the closure of a rival company.

Plumber wins stripping competition

Lee Darby beat over 650 installers recently in Ideal Heating's and Plumb Center's collaborative Ideal Challenge, stripping a Logic+ boiler in just 36 seconds.

Housing provider seeks solar partnership

Affordable housing provider Circle Anglia is searching for a partner to invest in a scheme to provide solar photovoltaic panels on its UK homes.

When HVP met Pimlico

On one of the coldest days of December 2010, in the aftermath of snow, slush and slow trains, Sarah Allen made tracks towards Pimlico, London, to see how the team at Pimlico Plumbers do things.

Old, but still got it!

Traditional buildings are more energy-efficient than previously thought, according to recent research.

Daikin Japan offices still safe

Daikin Industries has created a disaster countermeasure office in Japan to support employees and their families following the recent earthquakes and tsunamis which recently hit the nation.

Construction sector 'needs more support from Budget'

An industry figure in construction has expressed doubts over the Budget's positive impact.

Budget 2011: Key Changes

We outline some of the key changes in this year's Budget that will affect HVP readers.

Oil theft on the rise

There has been a surge in domestic heating oil theft in response to the rise in cost for the commodity.

Feed-in Tariff plans 'a disaster'

The industry has expressed concerns over the latest proposals to reduce financial support available through the Feed-in Tariff for built environment installations over 50kW.

Millions in cash for electricity scammers

Organised criminal gangs around Britain are making over £7 million in electricity prepayment meter scams.

Work experience boy in ladder drop

A Sheffield building company has been fined after a schoolboy on work experience fell 2.4 metres from a ladder.

Trials show copper pipes help resist infection

Trials at a Birmingham hospital show that copper pipes and fittings are more resistant to infection than other materials.

Man left blind after botched gas fire repair job

A father of two was blinded in one eye by an explosion at his North Yorkshire home after a bungled repair to a gas fire.

Government appoints expert to lead English fuel poverty review

Social policy expert Professor John Hills has been appointed to lead an independent review of fuel poverty in England.

Overloading increases fuel costs for van users

Van users may be increasing fuel costs by overloading their vehicles, according to TyreSafe, a UK tyre safety organisation.

Celebrate World Plumbing Day

March 11 marks World Plumbing Day, which started last year to raise public awareness of the importance of plumbing on the environment and our health.

RHI to benefit thousands of heating industry jobs

Chris Huhne has revealed that 150,000 jobs in the heating industry will be supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive, the details of which were announced today.

Did you hear the one about the millionaire heating engineer?

A heating engineer has won £1.45 million at Tote bet after winning the Jackpot at the Exeter racecourse.

It's not unusual to be an award-winning apprentice

An apprentice from building services firm Kimpton has won the regional BSS Rose Bowl Award for 'Heating & Ventilating Fitting Craft'.

Budget must focus on energy efficiency, says FMB

A package of incentives to include a reduced rate of VAT on home energy efficiency improvements and reduced Stamp Duty needs to be at the heart of the forthcoming Budget if the government is serious about making homes more energy efficient, says the Federation of Master Builders.

Contact us before we contact you, says the tax man

Plumbers, gas fitters and heating engineers are being targeted by the tax authorities in a clampdown on tradespeople failing to declare their earnings and pay tax.

Gas Safe Register reaches millions via Eastenders

The public are becoming more aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide as Eastenders storyline airs to 9 million viewers.

Construction sector on the rise

Economists in the construction sector have suggested the market is at its strongest since June 2010.

New chairman and 'direction' for APHC

Tim Keeler has become the new chairman of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors, announcing a new focus for the association.

Sentinel Performance Solutions sold for £43 million

Water treatment company Sentinel Performance Solutions has been sold to a private equity firm for £43 million.

From boom to bust

An Angus-based plumbing firm has become the second in the region to collapse within a week, following a warning from Travis Perkins of 'sluggish' trading over the coming months.

Van drivers risk causing road accidents

An increasing number of van owners in the UK are at risk of causing a tyre-related accident as they are failing to look after the condition of their tyres properly.

British Gas reports 24% increase in profits

British Gas' parent company, Centrica, has announced a 24% increase in profits for the energy company as utility bills rise.