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Financial returns for solar heating

 Jun, 02 - 2014   Renewable Energy

Stuart Elmes, from Viridian Solar and a representative of the Solar Trade Association, wrote a blog for the Solar Power Portal explaining the financial returns of social heating under the RHI compared with solar photovoltaics and FiTs. Here’s an overview: Stuart calculates that returns for solar heating can be as much as...


Air Source Heat Pumps join the Non-domestic RHI

 Jun, 11 - 2014   Renewable Energy

New changes to the government’s non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will see air-to-water heat pumps finally included in the scheme, as well as a tariff increase for solar thermal technology, and a split tariff increase for ground source heat pumps. Tariffs as follows: Air-to-water heat pumps –  2.5p/kWh Solar thermal...


CO alarms should be mandatory!

 Jun, 11 - 2014   Gas

The Heating & Hot water Industry Council (HHIC) has upped the ante on the war against carbon monoxide poisoning by calling for CO alarms to become mandatory in homes across England and Wales. While approximately 84* per cent of homes in the UK have smoke alarms fitted, only around 15 per...


The Queen backing out on green?

 Jun, 17 - 2014   Green Issues

The 2014 Queen’s Speech has been criticised by the renewables sector as containing the “worst row-backs on green policy”, damaging a former pledge that all new homes will need to be carbon zero by 2016. Government plans include “the creation of an allowable solutions scheme to enable all new homes...


City & Guilds Periodic Inspection and Testing vs Logic Certification

 May, 23 - 2014   Electrical

Are you looking to take up the City & Guilds 2395 in Periodic Inspection and Testing course? Have you considered training with us instead? We run the Logic Certification QCF Level 3 Award in Periodic Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations which could see you find out your results...


Government boosts Green Deal incentive scheme

 May, 12 - 2014   Green Issues

Households can now claim up to £7,600 in Green Deal cash thanks to a much needed boost to the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme. This latest measure is designed to refresh the scheme and kicks in from early June. Under the new improvements, domestic energy customers can get: Up to...


The gas industry’s got talent

 May, 12 - 2014   Gas

Running alongside Gas Safety Week 2014 (15th-21st September), is ‘Gas Safe Heroes’, an initiative set up to celebrate the work of a professional registered engineers who has helped to keep an individual, family or community gas safe! Have you helped prevent a serious gas incident, such as carbon monoxide poisoning...


Gas Safe survey to assess end user risk

 May, 12 - 2014   Gas

Have you come across unsafe gas work in the last year that posed a threat to your customer’s health and safety? Have you found an appliance faulty or poorly installed? Gas Safe Register is asking for registered engineers to help compile new research to gain a better understanding of the...


Many happy returns to the Gas Safe Register!

 May, 12 - 2014   Gas

This April saw the industry’s Gas Safe Register turn five – and what a successful few years it has been, with more than 70,000 businesses now signed-up as professional, qualified gas operatives! Logic4training is proud to be associated with the organisation, often teaming up at industry events to jointly raise...


Logic4training at PHEX’s newest venue

 Apr, 30 - 2014   General

Logic4training will be exhibiting at a number of PHEX shows this year, including this May (20th and 21st) at Alexandra Palace, PHEX’s newest venue. Its location isn’t the only new thing about this show, PHEX at Alexandra Palace includes domestic and commercial plumbing, heating and ventilation manufacturers and training providers,...


Inquiry to help improve carbon monoxide (CO) safety in UK

 Apr, 30 - 2014   Gas

A new Parliamentary inquiry has issued a call for investigating ways to improve carbon monoxide (CO) safety across the UK. ‘Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 2: Bringing behavioural insights to poisoning prevention efforts’, is the title of the inquiry to be conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG), and is...


Let people know you’re Gas Safe Registered

 Apr, 30 - 2014   Gas

Health and safety chiefs and the Gas Safe Register are calling all homeowners to make sure they only employ the services of registered gas installers following the recent court case of Glenn Edkins, of Barton under Needwood, an unregistered gas fitter who landed a suspended prison sentence for illegal gas...


Domestic RHI is launched!

 Apr, 09 - 2014   Renewable Energy

After much anticipation, the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been launched today (9th April 2014), offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing solar thermal, heat pump and biomass technologies. Applications are open now, so installers looking to help their customers take advantage of the domestic RHI can...


Registering your Hot Water Systems & Safety qualification

 Apr, 09 - 2014   Plumbing

The Hot Water Systems & Safety (HWSS) course is aimed at experienced heating and plumbing engineers and must be updated every five years, allowing successful candidates to self-certificate work covered by Approved Document G. The course is also a prerequisite for solar thermal hot water training. Registering Hot Water Systems...


RHI Training Vouchers – prerequisite courses now qualify!

 Mar, 20 - 2014   Renewable Energy

Do you want to become a renewable installer and take advantage of the domestic RHI? Are you missing the prerequisite qualifications needed to take part in appropriate training? Good news! The RHI Training Support Voucher Scheme has agreed to contribute to the cost of these pre-requisite courses, such as Water Regulations (WRAS), Unvented Hot...


New air source ONLY heat pump course now available

 Mar, 20 - 2014   Renewable Energy

We’ve launched a new Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) only course, meeting customer demand for training in the heat pump most relevant to the majority of installers and end users. A QCF Level 3 qualification, the course meets the latest MCS requirements. Air source and ground source heat pumps (GSHP)...


New gas flue legislation – are you geared up?

 Mar, 18 - 2014   Gas

As of April 2014, installers will be legally required to record levels of flue has carbon monoxide (CO) and the combustion ratio when commissioning condensing boilers. Part of new Benchmark Commissioning Checklists, this new requirement is designed to protect installers by proving that they have left an appliance running safely...


Government crack down on incompetent electricians

 Mar, 10 - 2014   Electrical

The government is looking to crackdown on ‘incompetent’ electricians amid reports that people’s lives are being put at risk by poorly trained engineers, with just ‘a few weeks’ training. The Communities and Local Government Committee is calling for tougher rules to be imposed on those deemed ‘competent’ to sign off...


Keep up the annual services to help customers stay safe!

 Mar, 10 - 2014   Gas

The latest study undertaken by Gas Safe Register reveals that more than nine in 10 UK gas consumers cannot identify deadly appliances. The gas safety authority showed 1,200 gas consumers 10 photographs of gas appliances; eight were life-threatening, while two were safe. Nearly all respondents (95 per cent) thought that...


Changes to MCS – are you competent?

 Feb, 28 - 2014   Green Issues

MCS registered installers should be aware that the rules have tightened up, bringing this competent persons’ scheme more in-line with the likes of the Gas Safe Register. From April, all companies wishing to obtain their MCS certification must meet a range of new competencies. Examples include the fact that solar thermal...