Support for skills “now more important than ever”

Fiona Hodgson on support for skills


Scotland’s leading trade body for plumbing and heating professionals has renewed its call for Government support to prioritise funding for apprenticeships and support for upskilling following the release of details on the UK’s new immigration system that takes effect on 1st January 2021.
 
Fiona Hodgson, chief executive of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), said that demand was already outstripping supply and amid the existing shortage of qualified plumbers, the new immigration system she feared would make it more difficult to achieve Government objectives on housing stock and climate change. Construction costs on these projects will “certainly” increase, she added.
 

The end of gas central boilers?

Plumber fixing gas central boilers

The end of gas central boilers? By Izzy Schulman, Director, Plumbers4U

A new report in May 2019 declared the UK is set to become carbon neutral by 2050, slashing the country’s emissions by 80 per cent.

The energy use in our homes contributes to around a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions, and naturally, our boilers play a significant part in this.

As a result, energy regulator OFGEM revealed its plans to remove gas central heating from all homes by 2050 to meet the government’s target of net-zero carbon emissions. 

So, what does this mean for those of us with gas central boilers in our homes? There are currently four options being shared with homeowners…

Hot water and air

2020 begins with a bounce as earnings soar for plumbers

earnings soar for plumbers

Self-employed plumbers enjoyed a big bounce in earnings in January after taking a well-earned break at the end of last year.
 
Average weekly pay for plumbing contractors rose by 46.2 per cent to £1,322 last month, according to analysis of payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales.
 
Freelancers in West Midlands saw weekly earnings more than double in January to £1,484. This is equivalent to an annual salary of more than £71,000.
 
Their counterparts in London and the South East similarly saw substantial increases last month, rising 62.9 per cent to £1,489 and 49.4 per cent to £1,286 respectively.
 
The analysis shows that plumbers had highest earnings of all 17 construction trades last month.

“No more DNO hassle” says Kensa Heat Pumps with Connect & Notify approvals

Kensa Heat Pumps Shoebox Installation

Kensa Heat Pumps have succeeded in securing their full suite of 3kW to 13kW thermal output single phase ground source heat pumps on the Energy Networks Association (ENA) Connect & Notify database.

The move means British-based manufacturer Kensa has the largest number of ENA Connect & Notify approved ground source heat pump products in the UK – over 60% of the ENA single phase database - enabling simpler, quicker and lower cost ground source heat pump installations. 

Kensa Heat Pumps’ Technical Director and co-founder, Guy Cashmore, comments:

“Installers of heat pumps will be familiar with the complications, hassle and potential additional costs of a heat pump not being ENA Connect & Notify approved.

How employers in construction can protect their staff’s mental health

Construction worker with poor mental health

The construction industry takes great care in protecting staff from visible risks, ensuring all precautions are taken to maintain the physical wellbeing of its workers. 

Despite this, construction is still one of the most dangerous sectors to work in thanks to the big presence of a risk that isn’t visible: employee mental health.

“Safety is one of the biggest concerns in the construction industry,” says Daniel Ure from online PPE retailer Vizwear, “and since one of the biggest risks to workers in construction today is that posed by mental health problems, addressing them needs to be at the top of an employer’s list of priorities.” 

Looking after your plumbing during winter

Burst plumbing pipe during winter

Winter can be one of the busiest times of the year for a plumber. The last thing you want during the winter months is to have to call one out. Whether it’s for a cracked pipe or a broken boiler, it can be inconvenient and expensive.

There are a few things you can do to protect your plumbing this winter. Allow North Staffs Utility Services to talk you through how you can winterproof your home, and avoid a plumbing emergency.
Insulate pipework
It’s important to insulate your pipework in order to prevent pipes from freezing or cracking, as this can lead to further issues occurring.

Fewer joints means time and cost savings for contractors

Fewer plumbing joints for contractors and developers

As pressure mounts on contractors and developers to keep up with increased demand for housing while remaining cost-effective, there is more need than ever for timesaving construction methods, materials and solutions. 

With space for plumbing systems often at a premium in new developments, modular components can reduce the need for time-consuming jointing work onsite, on top of the costs associated with large amounts of materials. These components can also afford contractors flexibility and adaptability in a multitude of different spaces and applications. 

Installation Time Plunges Thanks To New Plumbing Station

Rehau Plumbing Station

Answering the demands of contractors to reduce installation time, REHAU has launched a range of new plumbing stations; pre-fabricated and pressure-tested single components for making sanitary connections that are millimetre accurate.

By providing such a connection in one single component, the plumbing station speeds up and simplifies installations. For example, by using the plumbing station, three sinks could be installed in the time it would usually take for one, with no compromise on thermal insulation, sound insulation or condensation protection.

Marley Plumbing & Drainage Returning To Futurebuild

Worker at Marley Plumbing & Drainage

Marley Plumbing & Drainage is set to return to Futurebuild 2020, with an exhibition stand focusing on its fabrication service and array of innovative products and solutions for contractors, housebuilders and installers.
 
A key event in the construction calendar, Futurebuild 2020 is set to be bigger than ever, focusing on exploring and tackling the challenges currently impacting the industry. The exhibition floor is set to be split up into six distinct industry areas, including Buildings, Energy, Interiors and Offsite.