Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Part of the 'Grand Design' of things

Mitsubishi Electric has been featured in a recent episode of Channel 4's Grand Designs.

Plumbers sentenced for illegal gas work

Three plumbers have been fined this month for carrying out illegal gas work on domestic gas appliances.

Playing it safe

The British Safety Council will launch a think tank to influence health and safety legislation.

Concerns rise over heating oil 'supply crisis'

Questions have been asked in Parliament over the rising cost and availability of heating oil during the winter months.

HHIC issues frozen condensate pipe advice

With plumbers reporting thousands of calls relating to frozen condensate pipes, HHIC has published an advice guide for homeowners.

Christmas comes early for lottery-winning merchant staff

Plumbers' merchant staff at a Scottish branch of Graham are celebrating a million pound lottery win.

PHEX exhibition gears up for 2011

The PHEX Exhibition organisers have announced planned events and venues for 2011.

CIBSE Ken Dale Travel Bursary now open

The CIBSE Ken Dale Travel Bursary is now accepting entries for 2011.

CMI Distribution - flushed with success

CMI Distribution has changed its name to Fluidmaster UK.

HVCA announcement for winter holiday rates

The Heating & Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA) has announced its winter holiday rates for operatives in the UK.

It's the six-month countdown

With 2011 just weeks away, air conditioning engineers are being reminded that they have six months to gain either appropriate CITB or City & Guilds qualification under F-Gas and ODS Regulations, 2009.

Young people give renewables the thumbs up

A Youth Panel survey has shown huge support for renewable energy among young people, according to the Department for Energy & Climate Change.

Keep warm for less with Warm Home Discount

The Warm Home Discount confirmed as part of the spending review will require energy companies by law to give a discount on energy bills to more of their most vulnerable customers.

Construction firm fined for placing workers lives in danger

A construction company has been fined after HSE inspectors found 'appalling' conditions on a Liverpool construction site.

Spending review could have 'negative impact on construction'

Management consultant, Leading Edge, has released its bi-annual report predicting the effect of the comprehensive spending review on the construction sector.

The search is on for Britain's Favourite Plumber

City Plumbing Supplies, in association with HVP magazine, is launching its first ever nationwide search for Britain's Favourite Plumber.

Catch the sun

An energy company has received planning permission to build solar photovolataic panels in the UK's first large-scale sun park.

Meet A Gas Safe Inspector at PHEX Chelsea!

A Gas Safe Register Inspector will join CIPHE (stand 100) at the PHEX Chelsea exhibition on 8 and 9 December.

E for UK from WWF

The UK has received an E rating for its climate policies from the Climate Policy Tracker report, launched by WWF and Ecofys.

Think tank thinking green for social housing

The independent think tank New Local Government Network (NLGN) has launched a report into the government's Green Deal programme.

Boiler manufacturer acquired by European company

MHS Boilers has been acquired by Elco Heating Solutions, part of the Ariston Thermo Group.

Capita shares drop

Capita's shares have dropped by over 5%, the biggest fall in the leading index, according to reports.

New free aid to generate business

An online marketplace has been launched which the creator says will "revolutionise the service sector" by helping heating and plumbing installers and other professional tradespeople generate new business leads free of charge.

Breast Cancer Awareness makes boiler blush

Worcester, Bosch Group supported Breast Cancer Awareness month in October by auctioning a pink boiler through eBay.

Squad UK members for WorldSkills competition announced

Three young plumbers have been chosen to join Squad UK to train for the WorldSkills London 2011 competition next October.

Scottish boiler scrappage scheme

OFTEC is urging Scottish landlords to take advantage of the recently-launched Scottish Landlord Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

Rok administration: Further redundancies announced

Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers today confirmed a further 1,800 redundancies at Rok plc and Rok Building Limited after attempts to sell parts of the business failed.

Asbestos widow backs HSE training initiative

Jean Doyle warns young apprentices they are "not immortal" after her husband dies from asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

Energy supplier price war

British Gas has increased its tariff while EDF Energy puts the freeze on for its customers this winter.

Support network launched for renewable technology installers

A support network has been set up to help SME installers of renewable energies in Wales.

Ariston bares all for charity

Ariston turned up the heat recently when staff members posed for the company's 2011 calendar - in the buff.

Rok administration: PwC makes redundancy confirmation

Following yesterday's news of Rok plc and Rok Building Limited going into administration, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has confirmed 268 redundancies.

Air conditioning industry must 'work together to educate on legislation'

Daikin UK's senior product specialist Simon Keel is urging the industry to "demonstrate a duty of care and spread the word".

Rok enters administration

Social housing maintenance company Rok has gone into administration just months after rival firm Connaught collapsed.

The model plumber

A plumber has been crowned the sexiest man in Britain after entering a modelling competition for a joke.

Plumber's apprentice statue marks "a worthy career"

A statue of a plumber's apprentice is to be erected in Cannon Street station, London, in 2011, pending donations to the Plumber's Apprentice fund.

Gas pipe implicated in Salford explosion

An explosion that took place in Greater Manchester days ago may have been related to a gas pipe being connected and disconnected three times in as many days.

Several injured in suspected gas explosion

Several people have been injured following a suspected gas explosion in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Solar side up in Cornwall

Following the approval of a 6,000 solar panel farm on a site in Cornwall, landowners are coming round to the idea that the next big thing in renewable energy is going to be large-scale photovoltaic (PV) panel installations.

Changing names

Shower and tapware company Deva has announced that it will change its name to Methven UK in December.

Simplification of Building Regulations welcomed

Senior industry figures have welcomed the decision to simplify Building Regulations into a single statutory instrument.

Professionalism is "falling short" in the construction industry

Most of the UK construction industry have no knowledge of the Eurocodes that have replaced British Standards, according to McBains Cooper.

Calling all lively liveries!

A competition has been launched offering the plumbing company with the best livery a cash prize and iPad.

Plumb Center manager stole cash for mortgage

A Wolseley branch manager has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the company to pay his mortgage.

Apprenticeships "will get the jobs market moving again"

The government has announced new benefits for apprentices and companies offering apprenticeships in the UK.

HETAS gets tough

HETAS is wagging its finger at the heating industry in an effort to clamp down on "bad installation practice".

College awarded TQS accreditation offers discount on courses

Central Sussex College has been recognised as a specialist provider of construction, technology, and building services training by the Training Quality Standard (TQS).

Renewed faith for Renewable Heat Incentive

The heating industry is breathing a sigh of relief following confirmation of the Renewable Heat Incentive in Chancellor George Osborne's Comprehensive Spending Review announcement.

Survey reveals comfort comes first for homeowners

A survey on heating and energy efficiency by LG Air Conditioning shows people would rather turn up the thermostat than find 'greener' ways to keep warm.

UK must refurbish one house per minute

Transformation of the fabric efficiency of buildings across Europe is necessary to radically reduce energy use and carbon emissions, the Build with CaRe conference will hear today.