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Construction bodies call for urgent action to help firms during coronavirus crisis

Construction workers during the coronavirus outbreak

A group of respected construction industry bodies, who between them represent the majority of contractor business in Scotland, has suggested a number of simple actions which the Scottish Government could introduce immediately to help with cashflow and protect jobs against the “crippling” background of coronavirus.
SELECT, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbers’ Federation (SNIPEF), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA Scotland) and the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) are among the 10 organisations who have sent a joint letter to Fiona Hyslop, Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, urging her to support the Scottish construction sector.

Collaboration the key to full plumbing and draining solution

Plumbing plans - collaboration they key to full plumbing and draining solution

When working on multi-million-pound developments, contractors can deal with a plethora of suppliers to deliver one segment of the project. For new-build specialists, Stewarts Plumbing & Heating Ltd., it was important to find one supplier to provide all plumbing and drainage products for its work on Birmingham’s Sherborne Wharf development. Wavin, the UK’s leading plastic pipe manufacturer, provided a full portfolio of solutions alongside technical support and training to enable smooth plumbing installation.

How to look after your plumbing tools and prevent costs

Plumbing tools

Take good care of your hand and power tools and enjoy the fluid workflow of every plumbing job.

DIYers often neglect their instruments. The lack of proper maintenance leads to many issues. A damaged or worn-out tool can become heavy on your wallet and even cause injuries.

A well-maintained toolset makes every task simple, saving you both time and effort. If you look after it properly, a plumbing instrument may keep its best condition for up to 7 years. Whether a drill or a simple wrench, take care of each of your plumbing tools and expect good service in return. Read more and learn how to:

Upgrade Your Toolbox with GP Batteries BEAM P36 Task Flashlight

GP Batteries BEAM P36 Task Flashlight

With its slim design that fits easily in a pocket or toolbox, GP Batteries new Beam P36 Task flashlight makes the perfect partner for any professional tradesperson or DIY enthusiast.
Part of an award-winning range*, the Task P36 is a durable, powerful torch with a lumen output^ 300 – 25 lm and beam distance of ^120m, that will bring professional performance to any trade task or DIY undertaking.
Ergonomically designed for ease of use and storage, the torch is made from durable aircraft grade aluminium. Features include:

SNIPEF pays tribute to its fantastic cohort of award-winning apprentices on World Plumbing Day

award-winning apprentices on World Plumbing Day

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), the leading trade body for the plumbing and heating sector in Scotland and Northern Ireland, has chosen to mark World Plumbing Day today (March 11, 2020) by highlighting the young people who represent the industry’s future.
The member organisation has tirelessly advocated the value of apprenticeships in sustaining quality and professionalism in this vitally important sector as well as creating a pipeline of continually improving skillsets. 

Polypipe takes a giant leap forward in underfloor heating

Polypipe underfloor heating logo

Laying underfloor heating will become faster and easier thanks to Polypipe Building Products - the UK’s leading manufacturer of underfloor heating systems.
Polypipe is introducing its new Overlay Plus system which is EIGHT times lighter than the standard gypsum board currently used (1.2kg compared to 10kg per board).
Polypipe is constantly striving to improve products and systems and their latest innovation will mean savings of time and space for installers and more efficiency in energy-consumption for customers.
Overlay systems have remained similar for around 15 years but Polypipe has moved to make life easier for installers with the development of the Overlay Plus system.

Holmes Media doubles down on boiler guide brand

Boiler guide team

Market Harborough-based boiler and heating leads specialist Holmes Media has announced it has changed its name to Boiler Guide following a strategic decision to concentrate its efforts predominantly on the heating industry.

Based at The Point in the Leicestershire town, Boiler Guide helps tradespeople across the UK to access a supply of customers who are looking to replace or repair their boiler through its website and allows homeowners and tenants to find reputable, local and quality help. The company already works with more than 3,000 accredited Gas Safe Registered engineers across the country, and through its leads, installed 26,000 boilers in 2019.

Scotland's boilers defy the UK's coldest temperatures

Turning up a boiler in the UK's coldest temperatures

Boilers across homes in Scotland are the most resilient when it comes to breaking down, despite being home to the UK’s coldest temperatures according to the results of a new study.

The 2020 UK Boiler Breakdown Study, examined the amount of properties across the UK mainland and boiler breakdowns to establish the UK’s worst locations for boiler reliability. It found that just 1.79% of properties in Scotland reported problems with their boiler in 2019 - the lowest across the UK. 

This comes despite the fact that average temperatures across Scotland are markedly lower when compared to the rest of the UK mainland. 

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