There’s no smoke without fire

Installers can boost their business by recommending alarms to homeowners

Installers can boost their business by recommending alarms to homeowners

Honeywell’s Home Safety business is reminding installers of the importance of ensuring homeowners are adequately protected against the dangers of fire and smoke.

According to government figures, fire crews attended more than 160,000 fire incidents in 2015/16 which resulted in more than 7,000 casualties. While this represents a reduction on previous years, fire is still a very real threat within the home.

Installers, however, are well placed to advise homeowners on preventative measures, such as the correct siting of high-quality, sealed smoke and heat alarms, to ensure that they have enough time to evacuate the building in the event of a fire.

“It’s vital that every home has active, reliable smoke alarms, as well as a heat alarm in areas prone to fast-flaming fires, such as the kitchen,” said Adrian Keats, national account manager.

“We all like to think that the worst would not happen to us, but the reality is that each year thousands of people are injured in

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Boiler efficiency standards unveiled

Weather compensation controls, as commonly installed by Viessmann-trained installers throughout the UK, are one of the requirement options of the changes to the building regulations

Weather compensation controls, as commonly installed by Viessmann-trained installers throughout the UK, are one of the requirement options of the changes to the building regulations

New policy changes and updates, which set new standards for the efficiency of gas boilers in the UK, were announced by the government on Thursday, October 12.

The changes were set out in the government response to the Heat in Buildings consultation, following a Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy consultation.

The new standards are in three parts; increasing the boiler minimum performance requirement (from 88% SEDBUK 2009 to 92% ErP); requiring that all new boiler installations include time and temperature controls and; requiring combination boiler replacements to include the provision of an additional energy efficiency measure to be installed at the same time. Extra measures include: specified smart controls, weather compensation, load compensation, or flue gas heat recovery (FGHR).

Viessmann has welcome the changes. Graham Russell, UK managing director, said: “We are pleased that these changes will soon be implemented and see them

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New initiative launched to tackle winter deaths

82.5% of winter deaths are among the elderly

82.5% of winter deaths are among the elderly

With more than one million rural homes in the UK using oil for their heating, heating oil trade association, The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is launching the Cold Weather Priority (CWP) and vulnerable persons protocol.

The scheme is designed to help the off-grid sector reduce what’s known as ‘excess winter deaths’ throughout the winter months.

According to The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), each year in the UK, there are 40,000 so-called ‘excess winter deaths’ as a result of cold.

More than three quarters (82.5%) of these are among the elderly (aged 75 and over). The CWP initiative will assist in identifying and helping those most at risk so they are prioritised for delivery when it comes to off-grid fuel supplies throughout the winter months, especially during periods of extreme cold weather or fuel shortages.

FPS spokesperson, Dawn Shakespeare, said: “Too many old, weak and vulnerable people die as a result of fuel poverty and poor access to supplies during

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Is the plumbing industry in crisis?

A plumber shortage is leading to longer waiting times for emergency work

A plumber shortage is leading to longer waiting times for emergency work

The UK is in danger of running so low on plumbers that the country faces the biggest crisis in 20 years, heating and boiler specialist, Warm.co.uk.

Warm.co.uk believes the government needs to act now, or the consequences for consumers and businesses in the UK could be very serious.

Unless more plumbers are trained, the UK could face a future where emergency call-outs could take up to three weeks in large cities, putting health and businesses in danger.

Spokesperson Jonathan Ratcliffe, said: “Plumbing is a profession that is being neglected when it comes to attracting and training new workers. Kids just aren’t interested in plumbing.

“Unless we urgently address this problem, we’re looking at a crisis, with far too few plumbers to meet the demands of growing domestic and business areas around the UK.

“It’s not too late to address this, but the solution needs to be drastic, immediate, and preferably government-led.

“If we don’t do anything about

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Mixed response to government’s Clean Growth Strategy

According to the STA, communities City leaders all over the UK want to see the government support solar power

According to the STA, communities City leaders all over the UK want to see the government support solar power

The Clean Growth Strategy, which outlines the objectives for the UK to meet its carbon targets, was launched by the government on Thursday, October 12.

The paper focuses on opportunities to deploy heat pumps, initially in the off gas grid market, which is dominated by carbon intensive fuels such as heating oil and coal that the government aims to transition away from.

The government’s commitment to phase out these high carbon heating fuels during the 2020s has been welcomed by NIBE Energy Systems.

“There has never been a better time for the UK to champion heat pumps in domestic applications and to encourage greater market penetration of such heating systems, learning from what our European counterparts have achieved,” said Phil Hurley, managing director.

“It is our aim to work with the government to encourage homeowners to replace fossil fuels with renewable heating systems, thereby unlocking the potential for homeowners to make

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HPS hits charity milestone

Peter Wilson left and operations director, Alec Meadows, right, hand over the cheque to the hospital.

Peter Wilson left and operations director, Alec Meadows, right, hand over the cheque to the hospital.

HPS, with the support of its customers, suppliers and staff, has now raised in excess of half a million pounds since it started raising funds for the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital charity in 2005.

The merchant has raised nearly £530,000 through its trade counters, customer entertaining events, promotional events, trade shows, charity golf days, auctions, individual marathons and runs.

Sales director, Peter Wilson, said: “We strongly feel this is a fantastic and most deserving cause and to have the opportunity to see the wonderful job the hospital and the amazing staff do is truly humbling. We look forward to redoubling our efforts and reaching our next milestone of £1 million over the next few years.”

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UK steel prospects fuel Wolseley’s industrial growth

Jan Langford, Laura Blackman, Felicity Reed and Dean Best

Jan Langford, Laura Blackman, Felicity Reed and Dean Best

An upturn in the UK steel industry has contributed to a 73% increase in orders over the last 12 months for the industrial division of Wolseley, the specialist supplier of industrial valves, pipe and fittings via annual supply contracts.

The impressive results come at a time when a recent article from S&P Global Platts, suggested 2017 could be a significant turning point for the UK steel industry with a combination of anti-dumping measures, major mergers and a weakened euro combining to solving its decline in global market share.

This has contributed to Wolseley doubling the number of quotes being produced as well as the number of product lines it is processing per month for customers in this sector.

Gary Wilson, regional sales manager – industrial, said: “Over the last two or three years the steel industry has become fragmented. However, these problems are starting to iron out and we’re seeing an influx of large project work rather than just maintenance.

“We’re

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Plastic pipes dominating new build

Plastic pipes combine well with other materials

Plastic pipes combine well with other materials

Plastics are now the dominant material in hot and cold water supply systems inside buildings.

Data from Pipes and Fittings Market Report – UK 2016-2020 Analysis shows that use of plastic piping systems for water supply in new build is now up to 60%.

An upward trend is similarly being seen, and predicted to continue, for heating with the availability of barrier and multi-layer pipes for central heating and the energy efficiency benefits of warm water underfloor heating (UFH) in providing space heating at lower water temperatures.

While their flexibility, their quick and simple jointing and the added safety of no hot working have all driven this growth, with the large amount of pipework of different materials in existing buildings, it is definitely an advantage to be able to combine plastic with, for example, copper piping systems.

Bathrooms and kitchens are generally replaced due to lifestyle and design choices, and central heating boilers due to system efficiency and lifespan every ten–15 years. Plastic

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Wolseley resurrects ‘Zombie Boiler’ apocalypse campaign…

Visit www.plumbpartsmagazine.co.uk/zombieboiler and follow @plumbcenterUK to find out more about the ‘Zombie Boiler’ campaign

Visit www.plumbpartsmagazine.co.uk/zombieboiler and follow @plumbcenterUK to find out more about the ‘Zombie Boiler’ campaign

‘Zombie Boilers’ are being targeted this October in a campaign from the UK’s largest plumbing and heating specialist, Wolseley Plumb Center.

Launched on October 2 and running up to Halloween and beyond, Wolseley Plumb Center is urging installers to unearth boiler horrors they spot on jobs and encourage homeowners to replace them because of the threat they pose. Easy to detect, these zombies let out moans and groans from worn-out parts and pipes, and result in costly winter fuel bills.

Installers can follow the campaign on Twitter by using #zombieboiler and enter a competition to win a zombie experience by tweeting @plumbcenterUK photos of boiler horrors they spot and slay.

Wolseley category director heating and renewables, Richard Harvey, said: “Homeowners should fear the warming dead – these boilers hide away in our homes gorging on energy, threatening freezing winter breakdowns, and sending bills rocketing. We’re urging heating engineers to unearth these relics and let homeowners know

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Mayor of London wants wood burning stoves banned in capital

Wood burning stoves burn completely causing less particulates to enter the atmosphere.

Wood burning stoves burn completely causing less particulates to enter the atmosphere.

A call by London mayor Sadiq Khan for a ban on wood burning stoves in some areas of the capital has been challenged by Specflue.

According to a report in The Guardian on September 29, Mr Khan said: “Non-transport sources contribute half of the deadly emissions in London, so we need a hard-hitting plan of action to combat them similar to moves I am taking to reduce pollution from road vehicles.

“I am calling on the government to provide the capital with the necessary powers to effectively tackle harmful emissions from a variety of sources.”

Ian Sams, commercial director of Specflue, believes Mr Khan is focusing on the wrong target.

“The volume of particulate matter (PM) in the atmosphere caused by wood burning depends on how the wood is burnt rather than the stove used to burn it,” he said. “Particulates come from incomplete burning of wood, but modern wood burning stoves are highly efficient at doing this.”

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