So, the age of the smart meter is here! With the country mid-way through the roll-out, it can only be a positive thing that, for the first time, consumers can see exactly how much energy they are using, resulting in them making better choices and, ultimately, saving money. Bills will be more accurate and there will be no more unwelcome knocks on the door to read your meter as the unit itself will transmit regular and exact readings automatically.
Many Logic Certification customers are also small business owners, for whom cash flow, particularly when it comes to purchasing goods in advance of payment, can be an issue. To help combat gaps in payment protection, the government is asking small and micro-businesses to share their experiences and views on this problem in order to identify any gaps in protection and possible solutions.
UK businesses have joined forces to urge the government to address climate change and building a low-carbon Britain by writing an open letter to the prime minister, which was published in the Financial Times on 10th June.
It’s good news for employers! The first solely Conservative Queen’s Speech for almost 20 years has put apprenticeships, helping employers and small businesses, at the heart of its aims through the newly announced ‘Enterprise Bill’.
The deployment of solar pv technology is top priority for the UK’s new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with hopes of “unleashing a new solar revolution” on the cards.
Commenting on her new role, Amber Rudd, said: “We have a million people living under roofs with solar panels and that number needs to increase.” This figure relates to the number of households who have installed solar pv under the feed-in-tariff which proved popular under the previous coalition who favoured solar pv deployment on the UK’s rooftops.
With all 650 seats now declared, David Cameron has returned to Downing Street after the Tories secured a majority. The Conservatives have landed 331 seats in the House of Commons (24 more than in 2010), Labour have 232, the Lib Dems have 8, the SNP 56, Plaid Cymru 3, UKIP 1, the Green Party 1, and others 19.
OFTEC has announced it is to further extend its range of competent person registration services to include solid fuel appliances, following government approval by the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Building Regulations.
In the run up to the UK’s General Election, what are the key policies that will be affecting the building services sector? Who has our best interests at heart and those of our businesses? How will their policies affect our skills and employment prospects, and potential workload over the next five years? Good or bad, here are the key pledges...
The Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DGLC) Housing Standards Review: technical consultation has caused controversy within the industry following its failure to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks to properties within the private rented sector.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has proposed that a ‘hidden army of non-health professional’ should help identify vulnerable people living in dangerously cold homes to assist in reducing the toll of winter deaths.