Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
A sunny future for domestic heating installers?

We are entering an exciting time in domestic energy production, explains Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs at the Hot Water Association, with more opportunities opening up for consumers to control and generate their energy.

Know employment law to protect your business

In a follow-up to last month's article on the recent Pimlico Plumbers employment case, Chloe Themistocleous, an Associate at Eversheds Sutherland (International), dispels a few myths around employment law.

Meet Steve Bartin, Plumber of the Year 2018

Tom Hogarth spoke to Steve Bartin about his plumbing journey and the unique approach to business that has brought him success and contributed to his recent Plumber of the Year 2018 win

Build your company by building relationships with the supply chain

In the final article of our series on scaling up your business, Anne Timpany, Director at On Tap Plumbers, explains how important it is to develop strong relationships with your supply chain to help build your business.

Annual inhibitor checks are vital for system protection, explains the HHIC

Annual checks of chemical inhibitor concentration help to ensure that ongoing protection is provided to the boiler and heating system against scale and corrosion. Neil Macdonald, Technical Manager at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, explains.

Make sure you're on top of changes to the ErP Directive

Richard Harvey, Category Director for Heating and Renewables at Wolseley, explains how changes to the ErP Directive this month mean that installers need to be aware of the need to specify low NOx oil boilers.

Top tips for choosing the right cylinder for your customer

Explaining the benefits of choosing a hot water cylinder for a domestic heating solution, Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs at the Hot Water Association, discusses some top tips and vital information for installers to pass on to their customers.

Managing your money as a business

In the second part of our series on scaling up your business, Anne Timpany, Director at On Tap Plumbers, explains why it’s important to get money management right.

How will hydrogen affect the future of heating appliances?

Steve Sutton, Technical Manager at the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, looks at whether the momentum behind hydrogen as a viable fuel will serve to add impetus to the micro combined heat and power market.

Get up to speed on your staff's employment rights

A recent high profile Pimlico Plumbers employment case has demonstrated the need for employers to be crystal clear over the employment status of their staff, says Chloe Themistocleous, an Associate at Eversheds Sutherland (International).

Heating system improvements are the future for efficiency, says BEAMA

Improvements to heating systems will continue to be a significant driver of the energy saving 'revolution', says BEAMA.

Are you selling scrap illegally without knowing it?

HVP Editor Joe Dart spoke to the British Metals Recycling Association about its campaign to inform tradespeople about metal recycling laws.

Getting in on the expanding wetroom market

As wetroom demand increases within the installation market, what do installers need to know to keep up? Shaun Hunt, Technical Manager at Impey Wetrooms, provides some advice about current wetroom trends.

Switching to hydrogen is challenging but possible

Steve Sutton, Technical Manager at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, explores some of the challenges involved with introducing hydrogen as a fuel source for UK homes.

Breaking down barriers to scale up your business

In the first of three articles on scaling up your business, Anne Timpany, Director of On Tap Plumbers, discusses breaking down the barriers that are stopping you from expanding your company.

Hackitt Review will affect Building Regulations, says BEAMA

Findings from the Hackitt report will likely impact the expected review of the Part L Building Regulations later this year, says BEAMA.

Licensing could be the solution to plumbing standards in the UK

Tim Sainty, Membership Director at the CIPHE, explores whether the UK should introduce a licensing system for plumbers.

Be careful managing pay deductions

Adam Bernstein reports on the pitfalls associated with deductions from employee wages.

The Derbyshire company driving pre-16 plumbing training

HVP Editor Joe Dart speaks to Smart Gas Training & Assessment about why it has launched an initiative to provide plumbing training to pre-16s in Derbyshire.

Could accreditation be the advantage you need?

Professional accreditation can give businesses an edge in a competitive environment, says Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs at the Hot Water Association.

A record second year for the Women Installers Together Conference

Tom Hogarth reports from the Women Installers Together Conference, where female plumbers and gas engineers gathered together to celebrate each other and drive the industry forward.

A new dawn for solar PV storage solutions

Dylan Hearn, Head of Product Management at Heatrae Sadia, discusses new developments that are helping to tackle energy storage issues with solar PV.

Five tips for improving business administration

Graham Whistance, Managing Director at MyMobileWorkers, gives his top tips for improving administration in your business.

Summer is the time to check condensate

Neil Macdonald, Technical Manager at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), explains why we should check condensate pipes in the summer months.

Passing the torch to the next generation of your business

Adam Bernstein looks at what to consider when deciding upon a succession plan for your business.

The rise of underfloor heating

Richard Harvey, Category Director for Heating, Parts, Pumps and Controls at Wolseley, examines growing consumer interest in underfloor heating.

The HWA's new design guide for hot water storage solutions

Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs at the Hot Water Association (HWA), runs through a new design guide which sets out how stored hot water solutions can be incorporated into heat networks.

Is manufacturer training worth your time?

HVP Editor Joe Dart attended a Baxi training day to find out what installers can gain from manufacturer training.

What does GDPR mean for you?

GDPR is big news for the industry and, while the topic has been around for a few months now, many installers are still not up to speed. David Cook, Sales Director at Baxi, breaks down the most important information for you.

It's time for TRVs to be mandatory across the board, says BEAMA

BEAMA confronts the lack of TRV representation in Boiler Plus, and why this is an enormous missed opportunity.

Consumer guide to hydraulic balancing

Steve Sutton, Technical Manager at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) explains the association’s new consumer guide on hydraulic balancing.

Don't pay for workplace discrimination

Reporting for HVP, Adam Bernstein breaks down the types of discrimination that can occur in a company of any size, and the potential repercussions.

Is the ECO enough?

BEAMA asks whether the Energy Company Obligation is doing enough to drive the uptake of heating controls.

The benefits and issues with S and Y plan systems

Neil Macdonald, Technical Manager at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, breaks down the benefits and common issues found with S and Y plan heating systems.

Be aware for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week will help to cast a spotlight on an important issue, says Anne Timpany, Director of On Tap Plumbers.

Determining the future of hot water storage in the UK

Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs at the Hot Water Association, breaks down the government’s recent call for evidence on heat in buildings, and how it could determine the future of hot water storage in the UK.

Announcing the winners of the HVP Innovation Showcase

The time has finally come to crown the HVP Innovation Showcase winners’ list. These five winning products have been crowned by our judges as being the best of the best.

Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?

Hydrogen gas could play a major role in the future as a fuel source heating the UK's homes and businesses. HVP's Joe Dart reports.

Common customer misconceptions you can clear up

As Boiler Plus looms, BEAMA examines some common misconceptions with heating systems and controls that installers should aim to clear up with customers.

How changes to SAP could impact you

Steve Sutton, Technical Manager at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, explains the likely impact of the government’s planned update to the Standard Assessment Procedure.

Avoiding the worst kind of theft from your business

Theft by customers and third-party criminals is bad enough, but it hurts most when staff commit criminal acts against the business that employs them. Adam Bernstein discusses.

Top tricks of the trade for shower installations

At a recent training session held by manufacturer Triton, three installers who attended were asked to share their tricks of the trade when installing showers. Here's what they had to say:

The shift to unvented hot water cylinders explained

The traditional domestic hot water vented cylinder is gradually being replaced where possible with unvented units. Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs at the Hot Water Association, explains why.

Hattie Hasan: From plumbing trainee to diversity vanguard

HVP sat down with Hattie Hasan, founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers, to talk about her journey from budding plumber to successful businesswoman and role model. Tom Hogarth reports.

Getting up to speed with Boiler Plus

Stewart Clements explains what installers need to know ahead of the Boiler Plus rollout in April.

The modernisation of heating controls explained

Reporting for HVP, Kevin Stanley spoke to manufacturers to identify the drivers behind the shift from the dull, grey thermostat on the wall to more modern, stylish, wireless controls.

Is CPD the key to raising standards?

Richard Soper says that continuing professional development can play a vital role raising standards across the sector.

Avoid the dangers of automatic pension enrolment

Adam Bernstein reports for HVP on the potential pitfalls of employee pension auto-enrolment.

Breaking down the EUA Fuel Poverty Report

HVP’s Tom Hogarth examines the EUA’s new Fuel Poverty Report, which hopes to offer solutions for tackling fuel poverty in the UK.

Electrical installation safety bulletin from the HWA

Isaac Occhipinti updates installers on the correct electrical installation of water heating products.