Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
CIPHE warns of rise in Legionnaires’ cases

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has issued a warning on the growing number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease (LD), in the wake of the death of Elaine Brown, a 69-year-old grandmother of four from Liverpool.

Gas Appliance Spares and Vaillant warn customers about counterfeit parts

Gas Appliance Spares (GAS) has joined forces with Vaillant to highlight the dangers of using counterfeit gas spare parts to customers.

Ariston pledges support for Installers’ First

Ariston has announced its endorsement of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council’s Installers First initiative, which aims to unite Gas Safe-registered engineers and help voice their opinions on industry issues.

Local plumber and heating engineer sees business boom after winning Screwfix national competition

Business is booming for Lluis Dalmau, after winning ‘Screwfix Britain’s Top Tradesperson’.

CIBSE certifies Altecnic's CPD presentation for sealed heating systems

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has certified another CPD presentation for sealed heating systems from Altecnic, the UK's leading provider of heating and plumbing components.

Xylem wins Comfort Supplier of the Year Award 2017

Global water technology company, Xylem (NYSE: XYL), has won Sweden’s ‘Comfort Supplier of the Year Award 2017’.

LPG has vital role to play in decarbonising UK heat, says UKLPG

The trade association for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, UKLPG, is today hosting MPs at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons to launch its landmark pathways document Gas for Off Grid Britain.

Daikin UK supports certified installers with extended range of benefits

Daikin UK is supporting the business growth of its Certified Installers with an extended five-year warranty, free R32 tooling, a free merchandise pack and unlimited free training for up to a year.

Spirotech launches SpiroCross cashback offer

Spirotech, has launched a cashback offer for engineers and contractors that purchase its SpiroCross products.

Scruffs does a double take at industry awards

Workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two industry awards for the second year running.

27% of plumbers were targeted by tool theft in 2017

Plumbers incomes have been seriously damaged this year by the theft of tools from vans and job sites this year, with 27% reporting the loss of tools which damaged their ability to earn a living.

Hitachi Koki changes name to HiKOKI

Hitachi Koki, often referred to as Hitachi Power Tools, announced today that the company will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co, effective June 1, 2018.

Unregistered engineer jailed for 14 months after unsafe gas work

An unregistered engineer has been jailed after carrying out unsafe gas work at a property in Bacton, Norfolk.

Triton Showers celebrates success at 2017 Express Home and Living Awards

Triton has scooped two honours at the inaugural Express Home and Living Awards.

Methven appointed by Places for People

Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has been appointed as a preferred supplier by Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies.

Worcester Bosch urges “common sense approach” to ErP and spare parts

Worcester, Bosch Group, is urging the European Commission to take a “common-sense approach” and reconsider bringing spare part circulating pumps under the Energy-Related Products (ErP) Directive by 2020.

National Awards for the UK’s most considerate construction companies and suppliers

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is getting ready to reveal the UK’s highest performing registered companies and suppliers of 2017.

Welsh Government to offer energy saving valve as part of national housing scheme

Engineering specialists Teddington have signed a deal with the Welsh Government to help households become more energy efficient.

One in five blame household problems on the supernatural

Almost one in five homeowners in the UK blame a range of household problems – from creepy creaking doors, cold patches and dripping taps, to electrical equipment switching on by itself and unexplained noises – on the paranormal.

Searching for zombie gas fires

A Valor Homeflame Super 470S dating back to the 1980s has been nominated as the ‘winner’ of the brand’s nationwide hunt for zombie gas fires – models with outdated technology that refuse to die, thus never get replaced.

46% of Brits have reduced energy bills with smart heating

New research from reichelt elektronik has revealed that UK adults who currently use smart home heating solutions have saved on their heating costs as a result.

Older people at risk of CO poisoning according to GST

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) published the Downstream Incident Data Report statistics for 2015-16.

Aico’s London fire safety event provides social landlords with valuable information

Aico’s recent fire safety event in London has been welcomed by the capital’s social housing landlords as a valuable and informative event.

The easy way to stay guaranteed

Worcester, Bosch Group, has made significant changes to its guarantee promotion, making it even easier for installers to offer added peace of mind when recommending its Which? award-winning boilers.

DIY SOS and its Veteran village build

Two years ago, a "landmark" plan to create a community for war veterans in east Manchester was approved by Manchester City Council.

Van drivers losing business due to email addresses, says LeaseVan.co.uk

Tradespeople could be missing out on valuable business by using a generic email address such as Hotmail or Gmail on their vans, according to a van leasing company.

Donations raised from Fernox golf day given to children’s charities

Chemical water treatment manufacturer, Fernox, handed cheques totalling more than £7,750 to children’s charities Shooting Star Chase and Candlelighters. The funds were raised at the 8th Fernox Charity Golf Day - a much anticipated industry event that has generated £75,500 since its inception.

Daniel Martins wins bronze at WorldSkills

Twenty-year old Daniel Martins has been awarded a bronze medal in the 2017 WorldSkills competition.

Smart meters bill introduced to Parliament: BSRIA response

BSRIA has responded to the recent government announcement that a Smart Meters Bill will be introduced to Parliament wherein every home and small business in the UK will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 in a bid to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters and saving them “billions of pounds”.

STA responds to Helm review

Professor Helm’s Cost of Energy Review says that current energy policy, regulation and market design are not “fit for purpose” given the speed of technology change. Helm characterises the government’s energy policy as “picking winners” to a degree not seen since the days of the Central Electricity Generating Board.

Altenic appoints Area Sales Manager

Altecnic has strengthened its nationwide salesforce with the appointment of Graham Heap as its new Area Sales Manager.

Van insurance cost hits three-year high

Van drivers are facing annual insurance price increases of nearly a third as rising claims and fraud costs add to the pressure from compensation rules and tax, new analysis from insurance market experts Consumer Intelligence shows.

Baxi launches consumer campaign and installer competition

As part of a major heating season push, Baxi is launching a targeted consumer promotion designed to support its installers.

WaterSafe releases video to highlight lead dangers

WaterSafe has launched a short film to highlight the potential health risks of lead pipes that supply water for drinking and cooking.

REHAU pipework used in BBC Television Centre

As work continues to transform the BBC’s Television Centre building in White City into a vast new mixed-use development, REHAU heating and cooling solutions are being used extensively in many of the new apartments.

Only 8% of students advised to seek apprenticeships by schools

Less than 1 in 12 students (8%) aged 15 to 18 in school or college in 2016/2017 are being advised to seek a work-based apprenticeship afterwards, according to new YouGov survey findings.

Don’t forget your automatic pension enrolment duties, says APHC

To date, more than 8.5 million people have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension by nearly 800,000 employers.

APHC highlights ways to reduce risk on ladders

Ladders are a fairly common piece of equipment for plumbing and heating contractors and, according to the Health & Safety Executive, falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in Great Britain.

Warning signs for construction industry as growth slows

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Nearly a third of tenants do not have a CO alarm

New research for the Carbon Monoxide Be Alarmed! campaign has revealed that almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in their property, with four in five unaware that it is their responsibility – and not their landlord’s – to provide one.

Two companies fined after CO leak

Two construction companies have been fined when a project to remove cowls to redundant flue pipes resulted in carbon monoxide (CO) entering a property.

Unregistered installer sentenced for carrying out gas work

A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced after carrying out gas work despite being no longer legally allowed to do so.

Housing Plus Group becomes one of the first to install Gas Tag

A Staffordshire-based housing association has agreed to install the Gas Tag system in 12,000 homes across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

GRAF UK grows team by a quarter in line with business success

Water management specialist GRAF UK has grown its team by more than quarter in response to steadily rising demand for its top-quality stormwater, wastewater, and rainwater harvesting ranges.

Stolen tools left UK’s tradespeople with a £94 million bill last year

The theft of tradespeople’s tools may have run to a bill of £94,521,600 last year, new research has revealed.

Pimlico aims to cut additional £300,000 anti-pollution bill with launch of electric plumbing van fleet

Pimlico Plumbers launched its first fully-electric plumbing van on the day the Mayor of London put £300,000 on the company’s annual costs with the introduction of his new ‘Toxin Tax’.

New national sales director for Alpha

Alpha Heating Innovation has welcomed Brendan Fenerty to the role of National Sales Director.

Daikin appoints Commercial Director

Daikin UK has appointed Iain Bevan as Commercial Director for Heating and Renewables.

Worcester launches search for UK’s best apprentice

Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the country’s heating engineers to get their apprentices involved in a new, nationwide search for the industry’s best apprentice installer.

Smaller construction companies hit hardest as work volumes fall

With Brexit creating huge uncertainty in the construction sector, smaller companies in Hertfordshire and North London are struggling to cope, according to new research from accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson.