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Van Branding Tips for Tradespeople

 Jul, 23 - 2018   Tips/Advice

Van branding is an extremely cost-effective way for building services installers to attract the attention of potential customers and grow awareness of their business.   Do you drive around one of the UK’s major cities in the course of your daily work? As many as 3,000 potential customers per hour will...


Could You Up-skill to Beat the Skills Shortage?

 Jun, 26 - 2018   Plumbing

A recent survey has shown that a lack of skilled workers and poor training opportunities are the most pressing concerns for modern plumbing and heating installers.   Commissioned by Wavin, over half (56%) of respondents stated that the skills gap is the biggest threat facing the plumbing industry today.  ...


PHEX Alexandra Palace 2018 – Highlights

 Jun, 26 - 2018   Trade Shows

On the 20th and 21st of June 2018, Logic4training once again exhibited with a whole host of industry experts, manufacturers, engineers and journalists at PHEX Alexandra Palace 2018.   The show was a great success and particularly busy on Thursday.   In Jim’s absence, Russell had to be the star of...


No more gas boilers from 2020? Surely not! 

 Jun, 18 - 2018   Heating

An article published in HPM magazine article on 19th April has caused a bit of a stir, stating that ‘from 2020 gas boilers cannot be installed in new build properties’. We were surprised and the HHIC has come back to say this is not the case.   There’s no need...


Additional Information on Boiler Plus

 Jun, 14 - 2018   Heating

The Heating and Hot Water industry council (HHIC), has produced additional guidance for boiler plus to help with understanding and compliance.   What are the Requirements Installers need to meet Boiler Plus standards? Boiler efficiency of at least 92% ErP Time control, temperature control, and boiler interlock For combi boilers...


A green future is not just renewable…

 Jun, 11 - 2018   Renewable Energy

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been getting a bit of stick in the press lately.   A recent report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the effectiveness of the RHI said the scheme failed to meet its objectives or provide value for the £23 billion...


Early Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Diagnosis is Essential

 Jun, 01 - 2018   Gas

A new report published by the Gas Safety Trust (GST) and the British Toxicology Society (BTS) has called for the development of new bio-markers to improve standards of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning detection.    The report suggests: While accidental poisoning by CO is considered relatively rare, it may be more...


‘Behind-the-meter’ technology for solar PV

 May, 28 - 2018   Renewable Energy

There was once a time when electricity generating renewable energy technologies, such as solar PV, were a great investment. But faced with continual cut-backs to Feed-in-tariffs (FiTs), system owners need to find new ways of maximising their investment in solar PV. Back in 2010, the government’s Feed-in-tariff (FiT) rates were...


‘Accidental landlords’ are Potentially Putting their Tenants’ Lives at Risk

 May, 24 - 2018   Gas

According to Gas Tag, ‘accidental landlords’ – homeowners that are renting out their property because they can’t sell their home – are potentially putting their tenants’ lives at risk because they are not aware of their legal obligations.   What are a landlord’s legal obligations relating to heating? Landlords are...


17th Edition changes to 18th Edition

 May, 18 - 2018   Electrical

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations (BS7671:2018) replace the 17th Edition on 2nd July 2018. The 17th Edition Wiring Regulations were launched in 2008 and while there have been a few amendments, not much has changed since then – until now. On the 2nd July 2018 the 18th Edition will be...


Tradespeople on Twitter are taking a Stand against Van Theft

 May, 15 - 2018   General

In the trades industry, your van is everything. It’s your ‘mobile’ office: It keeps all your expensive tools, paperwork, manuals, and it’s your transportation.   Despite the fact that vehicle crime figures have actually declined in the UK, there are still many business owners who still see their vehicles targeted...


Confusion Around Boiler Plus

 May, 11 - 2018   Heating

There’s still confusion around Boiler Plus   April 2018 saw the introduction of the Government’s new Boiler Plus scheme, which puts more responsibility on the shoulders of installers to install energy-efficient gas boilers and introduce a range of energy saving measures to the domestic systems they service and install.  ...


HHIC’s Water Treatment Guide for Consumers  

 May, 03 - 2018   Heating

Why is water quality important? It’s important for home-owners to know the importance of water treatments to ensure their boilers perform at their best at all times. To help installers and their customers, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has shared a consumer guide to water treatment that helps...


Less Than Half of Brits Check if Their Gas Engineer is Working Legally  

 Apr, 30 - 2018   Gas

The Gas Safe Register and consumer psychologist, Dr Simon Moore, are urging families to not trust gas engineers purely on looks. Research has shown that only two in five people check the gas engineer they hire before letting them into their home. This is potentially putting many families at risk...


The F-Gas switch-over

 Apr, 27 - 2018   F Gas

This year marks the start of major changes to F-Gas regulations, which have been enforced to reduce emissions by 79% before 2030. The aim is to completely stop using HCF’s with high Global Warming Potential (GWP) in refrigeration, heat pump and air-conditioning units and as an installer, you’ll want to...


How are we going to charge electric vehicles?

 Apr, 26 - 2018   Electrical

Stories about electric vehicles are regularly in the press, a key part in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. But, how are we going to power them? In the UK, EV charging points are becoming more commonplace in shopping centre car parks and forecourts. Around the world, vehicles are being...


Gas Safety Regulations update for Installers and Landlords

 Apr, 18 - 2018   Gas

The amendments to the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations (GSIUR) entered into force on Friday 6th April 2018.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L56, which gives advice to anyone with a duty under the regulations on how they can...


HHIC launches Consumer Guide to Boiler Plus

 Apr, 18 - 2018   Gas

As most installers are aware, Boiler Plus came into force on 6 April 2018.   The new rules encourage energy efficiency by mandating requirements for heating systems, while reducing energy costs and increasing the thermal comfort of the property.   Energy bills are a common source of concern for homeowners,...


Smart Meter Installations Increase at a Rapid Rate

 Apr, 17 - 2018   Smart Meters

The latest report on smart metering installs during the final quarter of 2017 has been published.   This report includes information and statistics on smart meter installation in domestic properties and small non-domestic sites in Great Britain.   What are the key findings of the report?   91% of smart...


Short cuts lead to burst pipes and costly repairs says boiler expert

 Apr, 09 - 2018   Gas

The recent cold weather has caused real problems for many householders whose drains and pipework have frozen and burst.   Properties with external pipework have been most at risk and Martyn Bridges of Worcester Bosch points the finger at short-cuts in boiler installation for the thousands of call outs and...