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Check valves and non-return valves

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) point out the main differences

”Don’t be douche about douches”

“With the increasing popularity of hand-showers in the UK, it is vital installers know the risks of fitting a personal hygiene device incorrectly and how to prevent backsyphonage,” according to Gareth Harris, manager of Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme.

The dangers of lead solder

Where the illegal use of lead based solder is found by water suppliers who enforce the Water Fittings Regulations, they will require the installation to be cleared of all joints containing lead solder at the installer's cost.

OFTEC points way to apprenticeships opportunity

Government is falling a long way short of its target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020

Viewpoint: Consider more than carbon intensity

Martyn Bridges from Worcester Bosch digests a latest report calling for the end of gas-fired boilers.

NICEIC launches online CDM course

NICEIC has launched an online course to help contractors understand their responsibilities around CDM requirements. Whilst the course is aimed at electrical contractors, it will also provide other trades, such as gas engineers, an overview of their legal requirements

NICEIC offer a new qualification…

...giving installers the competence to complete a biomass installation correctly

Factory focus: Transparent boilers in Worcester

Each year groups of installers are invited along to Worcestershire for a look at how the product they recommend is manufactured. Joe Ayling reports.

Safe electrics: The hidden dangers 

With the growing prevalence and importance of electrics in modern gas boilers, electrical safety has become a hot topic in the heating industry. Neil Macdonald, technical manager at the HHIC, looks further at considerations that need to be made.