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The big decision…when to put on the heating?

The first inkling of colder weather sees most people dispensing with the summer covers and dragging the duvet back on the bed.

Date Posted: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:00:00 GMT

Gas Safety Week 2014

This year, Gas Safety Week will take place 15th-21st September. This annual event is a brilliant way of raising consumer awareness of the dangers of using unqualified gas fitters.

Date Posted: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:12:00 GMT

The future of Apprenticeships

An audience of nearly 100 people gathered at the House of Lords on 29th July, to hear the outcome of research into Apprenticeships and Professional Recognition in the plumbing and heating industry.

Date Posted: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:31:00 GMT

Use Water Wisely – It could save you money!

Once again the weather has surprised us by providing a mini heatwave. Although many welcome the hot weather, it is having an effect on households, especially those on water meters.

Date Posted: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:02:00 GMT

e-learning opportunities for CIPHE members

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched an e-learning website, specifically for its members. The site is packed with learning modules, demonstration videos, literature and technical information.

Date Posted: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:59:00 GMT

New President for CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) held its AGM on Saturday 21st June at The Oxford Hotel, Oxford. Over 60 people attended. Kevin McCallister was elected as National President and Terry Stephenson was voted in as the Vice President.

Date Posted: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:46:00 GMT

Apprenticeships Survey

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering CIPHE) and SummitSkills have launched a survey covering Apprenticeships and Professional Recognition.

Date Posted: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:24:00 GMT

Be picky with your plumber

With mortgages about to become more difficult to acquire, many homeowners are thinking of extending their properties, or reconfiguring the rooms they have to include en-suite facilities. Therefore, plumbers are going to be in more demand than ever.

Date Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 15:23:00 GMT

CIPHE supports CO campaign

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), is in full support of the campaign spearheaded by Plumb Center and Honeywell to change the law on carbon monoxide alarms.

Date Posted: Wed, 28 May 2014 22:17:00 GMT

Our unsung heroes!

National Volunteers’ Week 1 - 7 June

Normally, when you think of volunteers you think of men and women caring for others or working on community projects. However, you may be surprised at the number of volunteers who work to promote high standards and good practice in the plumbing and heating industry.

Date Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:05:00 GMT

CIPHE AGM 2014

The 2014 CIPHE AGM has now been confirmed as follows:

Saturday 21st June 2014

11AM

The Oxford Hotel

Godstow Road

Oxford

Oxfordshire

OX2 8AL

If you are a member of the CIPHE get your programme of events here. If you require any further information, please contact Lesley Challis via lesleyc@ciphe.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Date Posted: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:17:00 GMT

Don’t get carried away (literally)!

The Easter bank holiday weekend is almost here. That, along with the brighter evenings, usually brings out the DIY in many of us. However, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) says there are some jobs that should only be left to a professional to carry out.

Date Posted: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:48:00 GMT

CIPHE backs WaterSafe's National 'Get Girls Plumbing' campaign

Against the backdrop of mounting gender inequality in the corporate world, CIPHE is delighted to announce its full support of WaterSafe’s newly-launched ‘Get Girls Plumbing’ campaign designed to encourage more women to take up tools.

Date Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:52:00 GMT

President’s Dinner 2014

Steve Ingle, National President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), welcomed some 50 guests to his special dinner, which took place at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn on 4th March.

Date Posted: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:20:00 GMT

Statement from the CIPHE on the Disabled Facilities Grant

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) supports the White Paper produced by AKW Medicare Ltd, which explores the case for increasing Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) funding under its new Better Care Funding umbrella.

Date Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:45:00 GMT

How to choose a plumber

You may already have a trusty, competent plumber that you always turn to when the need arises. However, there are a huge number of people who will, for the first time, need to employ someone to carry out work on their plumbing or heating system.

Date Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:58:00 GMT

Special day for CIPHE members

Carpenters’ Hall, was the venue for the Livery Companies Skill Council awards ceremony, which took place on on 10th February 2014. This prestigious event included representatives from the Worshipful Companies of Carpenters, Clockmakers, Horners, Lightmongers, Masons, Paviors, Plaisterers, Plumbers, Wax Chandlers and Wheelwrights.

Date Posted: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:31:00 GMT

World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day takes place on 11th March and is a timely reminder of the importance of good plumbing engineering. We are fortunate in the UK to have easy access to clean drinking water and good sanitation. Because of this, it’s understandable that plumbing, generally, is often taken for granted. However, there are still issues with plumbing systems that can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. Scalding is one of them.

Date Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:51:00 GMT

Lifeblood of the industry

Over the last few years, apprenticeships across all businesses and trades have increased substantially. Research carried out by BAE Systems and the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013, showed that almost a third (29%) of respondents said they now see the training schemes as a viable option for their children. They admitted that five years ago an apprenticeship was not something they would have ever considered.

Date Posted: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:04:00 GMT

MBE for Terry Fillary

Master Plumber and craftsman Terry Fillary, has been awarded an MBE for services to historic building restoration and conservation. He is a specialist in ornate leadwork and has worked on many prestigious restoration projects at notable sites such as: the Tower of London; Kensington Palace; Mansion House; Thames House, Millbank; and Crosby Hall, Chelsea.

Date Posted: Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:39:00 GMT

Tips for preventing heating problems in your home

It’s every householders nightmare – it’s freezing outside and the heating hasn’t come on. Many things could cause this, but if you have a condensing boiler it is worth checking to see if the condensate pipe has frozen.

Date Posted: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:41:00 GMT

It could be you!

Are you one of those people who think that disasters happen to others, not you? Unfortunately, when it comes to plumbing emergencies, no one is immune. In the immortal words of Ant and Dec, “It could be you!”

Date Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:07:00 GMT

Additional role for Kevin Wellman

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), has been elected to the Executive Board of the World Plumbing Council.
Date Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:42:00 GMT

CIPHE CEO Kevin Wellman elected onto the WPC Executive Board

At the 2013 World Plumbing Council (WPC) Conference in New Delhi, India, CIPHE Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wellman has been elected onto the WPC Executive Board. Kevin will also be the Chairman of the WPC Research and Development Committee.

Date Posted: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:08:00 GMT

Recognition for safeguarding public health

Prof. Rodney Cartwright, Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering's Board of Trustees, has been presented with an Honorary Fellowship by the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE).

Date Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:55:00 GMT

World Plumbing Council Backs Certificate Scheme

The World Plumbing Council (WPC) has accepted an invitation to become the fourth supporter of the Master Plumber Certificate programme. In the future the symbol of the WPC will appear on Certificates with those of City & Guilds (C&G), the Worshipful Company of Plumbers (WCP) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE). The last two, as founding members, will act as scrutineers on behalf of the WPC.

Date Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:24:00 GMT

Prevention is better than cure!

Despite predictions for heavy snowstorms this winter, no one really knows if this will happen. One thing is for sure though, if you get a burst pipe in your home you could be facing thousands of pounds worth of damage, not to mention the disruption to your life.

Date Posted: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:32:00 GMT

Take control!

Was it ever in doubt that the other energy companies would raise their prices after the SSE announcement? Families and individuals on low incomes will worry even more about switching on their central heating system. Obviously, pricing is out of consumer control, but there are things you can do to help reduce heating bills.

Date Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:35:00 GMT

How much is your life worth?

No, this isn’t a deep philosophical debate. It’s a question plumbing and heating installers should be putting to their customers who don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted. If their home uses gas, oil or solid-fuel appliances, the message has to be, “buy one!”

Date Posted: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:14:00 GMT

Testing, testing…

With the high cost of energy on consumers’ minds, many will be putting off the moment when they switch on their central heating systems. However, it’s a good idea to have a trial run to test that everything is working smoothly, just to make sure it won’t let you down when you really need it.

Date Posted: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:22:00 GMT

Gas Safety Week 16th-22nd September

Dangerous gas work can kill. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year, 333 people were injured and four people died as a result of gas related incidents.

Date Posted: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:23:00 GMT

The end is near!

Don’t worry, the planet is safe, but sadly our long hot summer will soon come to an end. Which means it won’t be long before householders are switching on their central heating systems. Before that happens it’s important to check the last time it was serviced by a registered engineer.

Date Posted: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:21:00 GMT

Raising awareness

European legislation, which will cut the permissible levels of lead in drinking water, will come into force in December 2013. At present, the allowance is 25 micrograms to one litre of water; this will be reduced to 10 micrograms per litre.

Date Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:06:00 GMT

Use Water Wisely

Weather conditions across the UK appear to go from one extreme to the other. In the early part of last year, many areas of the country had worryingly low water reserves and the public prepared themselves for hose pipe bans. However, this was swiftly followed by a long period of heavy rainfall, which led to flooding.

Date Posted: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:48:00 GMT

Tech-level qualifications

Kevin Wellman, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), welcomes the move to improve the status of vocational qualifications.

Date Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:51:00 GMT

MBE for Chris Sneath

Chris Sneath, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his service to the plumbing and heating industry.

Date Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:01:00 GMT

New President for CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) held its AGM on Saturday 22nd June at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff. Around 50 people attended. Steve Ingle was elected as National President and Kevin McCallister was voted in as the Vice President.

Date Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:55:00 GMT

Energy bills shock

Residents on a Coventry new-build housing estate have been shocked by their £1200 per quarter electricity bills, after the air source heat pumps providing heat and hot water in their homes were incorrectly specified.

Date Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 08:29:00 GMT

Preserving skills

According to the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), there is a shortage of skilled leadwork conservation craftsmen in the UK who are capable of carrying out appropriate repairs to historic buildings. This skills gap could get considerably worse as colleges no longer teach lead plumbing.
Date Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Valuable volunteers

Last year’s 2013 Games showed the world the amazing impact that volunteers have on society. Every year, over 20 million people across England and the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week.
Date Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 06:55:00 GMT

New information and guidance issued by CIPHE

The CIPHE has issued the latest document in its Technical Awareness Paper (TAP) series. TAP 002 How to take care of hot and cold water supply systems in unoccupied homes has been authored by CIPHE Past President Stan Tildsley, through the CIPHE’s Safe Water Group.
Date Posted: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:06:00 GMT

Rogue Traders…or heroes?

Do you view all tradespeople with suspicion or is your local heating engineer your hero? We’ve all heard stories of the ‘cowboy’ plumber, but how many of you have actually had a bad experience and what is your view of the plumbing and heating industry?
Date Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:38:00 GMT

Celebrating excellence

To mark 100 years of the JB Wilkinson Apprentice Merit Shield Award, the Newcastle and District Branch of the CIPHE is organising a Centenary Dinner, which will also include the annual awards of the Wilkinson Shield for 2013.
Date Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:41:00 GMT

What will you be cracking?

The Easter weekend is traditionally the start of the DIY season. So, the question is: will you be cracking open Easter eggs or accidentally taking down the ceiling over the Bank holiday break?

Date Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:26:00 GMT

The apprentice world is your Oyster

Kevin Wellman, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), is delighted to hear that apprentices living in the London area will be able to benefit from cheaper travel from May 2013.

Date Posted: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:08:00 GMT

President’s Dinner 2013

Ron Berry, National President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), welcomed some 50 guests to his special dinner, which took place at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn on 5th March.

Date Posted: Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:42:00 GMT

Special day for CIPHE members

Tallow Chanders’ Hall, was the venue for the Construction Liveries Group awards ceremony on 5th February 2013. The building, which was orginally constructed in 1476, is steeped in history and was a fantastic backdrop for the presentations.

Date Posted: Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:17:00 GMT

World Plumbing Day – March 11th

According to a scientist’s study, the number one invention of all time is…plumbing. That statement may not surprise those of you in the industry, but it will come as a surprise to many of the public.
Date Posted: Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:31:00 GMT

Fast-track training to… nowhere

The latest employment figures may be looking positive, but there are still a lot of people who have recently been made redundant. Many of those will be thinking of changing their career and retraining. The thought of eventually being your own boss is a powerful incentive to consider taking up a trade.

Date Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 08:42:00 GMT

A step in the right direction

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) welcomes the Government’s new Traineeship programme, which could be in place by September 2013.
Date Posted: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:22:00 GMT

Arctic Winds are blowing!

We all know it’s winter and there’s a strong likelihood of heavy frost and snow, but how many people are really prepared for the plumbing and heating problems it can cause?
Date Posted: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:25:00 GMT

Keep warm this winter

It’s every householders nightmare – it’s freezing outside and the heating hasn’t come on. Many things could cause this, but if you have a condensing boiler it is worth checking to see if the condensate pipe has frozen.
Date Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:30:00 GMT

Don’t take chances!

It may be the season to be jolly, but if you have to call out a plumber over the Christmas holiday you may not feel so cheerful. Some problems, like blocked drains or burst pipes may be avoided by taking a few simple precautions.
Date Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:24:00 GMT

CIPHE response to the Richard Review

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), welcomed the publication of the Richard Review of Apprenticeships and was pleased that that the essence of the Institute’s input was taken on board.
Date Posted: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:12:00 GMT

Big freeze is on its way!

According to the Met Office we are in for a colder than average winter with temperatures expected to drop significantly at the end of November. For many householders freezing temperatures will cause havoc with their plumbing and heating systems, which may result in burst pipes costing hundreds, even thousands, of pounds worth of damage.
Date Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:49:00 GMT

CIPHE 2013 Annual General Meeting-Cardiff

The details of the 2013 CIPHE Annual General Meeting (AGM)  due to be held in Cardiff have now been confirmed as follows:

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013

Time: 11am

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff

              Azzurro I

             Meridian Gate

             Bute Terrace

             Cardiff

            CF10 2FL

The running order of the Technical Seminar have also been confirmed as follows:

2pm Terry Fillary- Ornamental and Conservation Leadwork

2.45pm  Milo Purcell- An Insight into the role of the Drinking Water Inspectorate

3.15pm  Brian Whorlow -Loading Units-A critical Review

4pm Michael Rooze -A view from the bench-how to represent yourself in a claim

4.45pm Asbestos kills is there a solution? An update on the ALERT project

For more details please contact Lesley Challis, PA to the Chief Executive Officer via lesleyc@ciphe.org.uk or 01708 463 115.

Further, if you would like to attend the members' dinner from 7pm on the evening of the 22nd June, for a price of £35 (includes half a bottle of wine each), then please contact Catherine Swain, Via catherines@ciphe.org.uk or via 01708 463 112.
Date Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 14:56:00 GMT

Raising the bar

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), which is an educational charity, welcomed the recent news of Government plans to overhaul tests taken by prospective teachers.
Date Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:04:00 GMT

Your choice

It won’t be long before freezing weather is on its way and for many plumbers and heating installers it is their busiest time of the year. The phone will be constantly ringing with cries of help to sort out burst pipes, boiler malfunctions and all the usual everyday plumbing and heating problems… Or will it?
Date Posted: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:15:00 GMT

Mission Malta…

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) answered a call for help from the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) recently and is now involved with helping Malta to reduce water consumption.
Date Posted: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:11:00 GMT

Join the Professionals

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is working with manufacturers to arrange discounts for its members on a range of training courses. For new members, certain courses will be completely free.
Date Posted: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:27:00 GMT

Be safe, get it checked

Summer is fading fast, which can only mean one thing… frosty weather is just around the corner. Across the country thousands of people will soon be switching on their heating systems – for some it could be fatal.
Date Posted: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:00:00 GMT

World Water Week

With talking about the weather a national pastime for many of us Brits, it’s no surprise that some of the UK’s most prominent organisations are getting behind World Water Week. Britain has gone from experiencing drought conditions and hosepipe bans earlier this year, to living through the wettest summer for decades and flooding. This year’s World Water Week - being held from 26-31st August - is tackling the subject of water and flood security, which has never been more relevant for us here in the UK.
Date Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:13:00 GMT

CIPHE launches new membership campaign

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is launching an exciting new ‘refer a friend’ scheme in its latest membership drive. If you are already a paid up member of the CIPHE and you successfully introduce new members, you will be rewarded with FREE M&S vouchers. The great news is there’s no limit to the amount of people you can refer, or the number of vouchers you can claim.
Date Posted: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:34:00 GMT

Legionnaires outbreak

Nine people have now been confirmed with Legionnaires disease in Stoke-on-Trent, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). As yet the source hasn’t been identified, but seven cooling towers in the area have been disinfected as a precaution.
Date Posted: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:53:00 GMT

Special Award for John Smartt

John Smartt, Past President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE), has been presented with the St Michael Medallion by The Worshipful Company of Plumbers (WCP). This prestigious award is made to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Plumbing.
Date Posted: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:35:00 GMT

New President for CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) held its AGM on Saturday 23rd June at The Park Inn by Radisson, York. Around 60 people attended.
Date Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:22:00 GMT

Help to fight logo abuse

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is stepping up its fight against the illegal use of its logo. Danny Davis, Operations Manager, gave the following warning:
Date Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:22:00 GMT

Zero tolerance for logo abuse

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is stepping up its fight against the illegal use of its logo. At present, letters are sent to anyone displaying the CIPHE logo that is not entitled to do so. Anyone who fails to respond to the letter within seven days is reported to their local Trading Standards Office. Once Trading Standards get involved the ‘offender’ usually tends to cooperate, otherwise they could face prosecution under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Date Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:11:00 GMT

No need to panic!

Legionnaires’ disease has hit the headlines once again. This time the outbreak is in Edinburgh and as yet the source hasn’t been confirmed, although water cooling towers are suspected.
Date Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:57:00 GMT

Why the Olympic dream could be a plumbing nightmare

With the remaining tickets for the Olympics and Paralympics now on sale, it’s getting tickets of another kind that jobbing plumbers and heating engineers will be worried about while the Games are on.
Date Posted: Fri, 25 May 2012 14:45:00 GMT

A Master Craftsman

Master Plumber and craftsman Terry Fillary (77), has been an active member of the CIPHE for 48 years. He is a specialist in ornate leadwork and has worked on many prestigious restoration projects at notable sites such as: the Tower of London; Kensington Palace; Methodist Central Hall, Westminster; Buckingham Palace; Mansion House; Thames House, Millbank; and Crosby Hall, Chelsea.
Date Posted: Thu, 17 May 2012 09:18:00 GMT

Use Water Wisely

With half of the UK now facing a drought after water levels hit their lowest since 1976, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is urging all of us to use water wisely and save water safely.
Date Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:43:00 GMT

It’s the DIY disaster season!

The Easter bank holiday weekend is traditionally the start of the DIY season. The extra days off work and the longer evenings entice homeowners to tackle jobs that have been put off in the gloomy days of winter. However, there are some jobs that should only be left to a professional to carry out.
Date Posted: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:37:00 GMT

Move over Mother’s day, World Plumbing Day is here!

While March is traditionally known as being host to Mother’s day, there is another important celebration taking place the Sunday before. For plumbers everywhere the 11th March signifies the internationally recognised World Plumbing Day.
Date Posted: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:48:00 GMT

President’s Dinner 2012

HQS Wellington, the headquarters ship of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, was this year’s venue for the CIPHE’s President’s Dinner on 6th March.
Date Posted: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:07:00 GMT

Use Water Wisely

Water is our most precious resource, but the majority of people in the UK don’t give it a second thought. This isn’t surprising as most of us have never had to go without it.
Date Posted: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 15:39:00 GMT

Apprentices – ‘Inspire to Aspire’



Kevin Wellman, chief executive officer of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE), was invited to a meeting to discuss Apprenticeships by HRH The Duke of York on 9th February.

Date Posted: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 13:07:00 GMT

Winter holiday? Protect your home!

It’s freezing outside and you’ve just seen a last minute holiday for warmer climes. You’ll save a fortune if you go now. However, if you don’t protect your home against a burst pipe you could come home to a far greater bill to sort out the damage.
Date Posted: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:23:00 GMT

Rothenberger Product Recall

Rothenberger have issued a voluntary recall of 400gram disposable MAP//Pro cylinders

Date Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:56:00 GMT

Public Health Comment

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) gave the following statement on the Pseudomonas outbreak at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital in Belfast, where several babies died.
Date Posted: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:43:00 GMT

Is 2012 going to make you green?

2012 looks to be an interesting year for the plumbing and heating industry with both the Green Deal and the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive due to come into force. What either of them will look like in practice is not yet clear, but what we do know is that the intention is to drive therenewables agenda forward.
Date Posted: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:09:00 GMT

Don’t be caught out by rogue trainers

January is often a time when people start thinking about a career change. In today’s economy with rates of high unemployment and people facing redundancy, you may be thinking of re-training in a different sphere of work – maybe a trade where you have a skill for life and opportunity to become your own boss. While the majority of training providers offer quality courses and industry recognised qualifications, there are rogue trainers out there, selling a dream of fast-track courses and high earning careers.
Date Posted: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 19:37:00 GMT

CIPHE Sets Up New Renewable Energy Group

THE organisation which represents thousands of heating and plumbing engineers across the country has set up a new working group to look at the issues surrounding renewable energy.
Date Posted: Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:13:00 GMT

CIPHE Announces New CEO

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Wellman as Chief Executive Officer.

 

Date Posted: Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:54:00 GMT

CIPHE comment on UK-Norway energy pact

A recent agreement between the British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and the Norwegian Minister for Petroleum and Energy shows a balanced approach to the future of UK energy consumption. The Chartered Institute for Plumbing and Heating Engineering believes it fits well with the UK’s existing and burgeoning needs.

Date Posted: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:17:00 GMT

Fuelling the economy

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering wants all plumbers and heating engineers to help customers cope with the rising cost of fuel.

Date Posted: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:15:00 GMT

Sewers, blockages and the weight of responsibility

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has followed with interest legislation changes regarding private sewers in England and Wales which will take effect from October 1st 2011.

Date Posted: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:07:00 GMT

CIPHE join public toilet campaign

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has joined forces with the British Toilet Association and Women’s Design Service and written a petition to encourage more public toilets to be made available. The campaign is known as ‘We need the Loo’.

Date Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:13:00 GMT

CIPHE provide antidote to Watchdog’s dodgy plumber

The latest episode of consumer protection show Watchdog featured a dangerously dodgy plumber. It also featured Danny Davis, principal technical officer with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, whose expertise was instrumental in pinpointing the plumber’s pitfalls.

Date Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 10:10:00 GMT

CIPHE want skilled professionals to help with riot cleanup

The riots may be finished but the aftermath lives on and Acting Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, Kevin Wellman, believes that CIPHE members have much to offer.

Date Posted: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:04:00 GMT

The CIPHE is looking for volunteers

The CIPHE is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on volunteers as well as paid members of staff. They are looking for qualified individuals to volunteer as Professional Standards Inspectors and Membership Ambassadors.

Date Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:02:00 GMT

CIPHE supports green economy

Acting Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering Kevin Wellman has expressed support for Chris Huhne’s ideas about the future of green investment and its impact on the economy.

Date Posted: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:54:00 GMT

CIPHE warn on asbestos responsibilities

Acting Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering Kevin Wellman warns plumbers and heating engineers to know their responsibilities when it comes to dealing with asbestos.

Date Posted: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:56:00 GMT

New President Installed By Institute

A NEW president has been installed by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering at the organisation’s annual general meeting.

Date Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:01:00 GMT

CIPHE advise on bathing danger

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is urging plumbing and heating professionals to help educate consumers about the dangers of hot water. It’s in response to the recent inquest into the tragic accidental death of 18 month old Katelyn Seers who suffered burns after climbing into a hot bath.

Date Posted: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 15:09:00 GMT

Gas Engineers Can Help Raise Awareness

Recent research has indicated that many landlords may not be aware of their legal responsibilities when it comes to gas safety. The CIPHE believes that registered gas engineers have the ideal opportunity to help spread the word amongst landlords and tenants.

Date Posted: Wed, 11 May 2011 15:07:00 GMT

CIPHE question lack of support for toilets

The UK has lost almost half its public toilets in the space of a decade and those that remain are often poorly maintained. The CIPHE are concerned about the negative impact this is having on communities and believe more should be done to make adequate provision.

Date Posted: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:38:00 GMT

Making the most of renewable energy investments

The UK recently dropped from 3rd to 13th place in the global ranking of renewable energy investment*. The fall in investment is another symptom of the financial pressure the UK is under but with European emissions targets remaining inflexible the UK faces a tricky balancing act. How can targets be met without the funding?

Date Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:04:00 GMT

Welsh sprinklers put plumbers in demand

Changes in Welsh building legislation are set to bring in more work for plumbers. Newly built residential properties including houses, blocks of flats, care homes and university halls of residence will all be required to have sprinklers fitted.
Date Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:30:00 GMT

Public recognition for CIPHE brand values

Members of the public are showing increasing awareness of the integrity and capability of plumbing and heating professionals registered with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).
Date Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:28:00 GMT

CIPHE Celebrates World Plumbing Day

Today (11 March) is World Plumbing Day, organised each year by the World Plumbing Council to raise awareness of water-related issues.

CIPHE Celebrates World Plumbing Day

Date Posted: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:15:00 GMT

CIPHE Commenst on World Bank Statistics

A recent report from the World Bank indicates that the lack of toilets and poor hygiene practices in India are costing Asia's third largest economy almost $54 billion every year.

Date Posted: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:42:00 GMT

CIPHE joins FOG Forum

The FOG forum has been set up with the aim of tackling long term fat, oil and grease management issues from a variety of perspectives and The CIPHE is amongst its supporters.

Date Posted: Mon, 01 Nov 2010 14:04:00 GMT

Changes afoot for apprentices

Apprentices are the lifeblood of the plumbing and heating industry and recent announcements from the government show that they think apprentices are pretty important too!

Date Posted: Mon, 01 Nov 2010 13:59:00 GMT

Blane Judd, (CIPHE): SmartHeat. - Can sustainable solutions work in harmony?

London HEVAR will be hosting free to attend Roundtable event throughout the exhibition 22-23 September 2010. Places are limited to 9 free delegate spaces and so we urge you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Date Posted: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:38:00 GMT

Water Management for Healthcare Premises

In November the CIPHE is taking part in a series of seminars focussing on water safety and hygiene for healthcare premises. It’s been organised by the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM).

Date Posted: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:13:00 GMT

Registered Professionals and the public

Registered Plumbing and Heating Professionals are the lifeblood of The CIPHE and so we decided to try and find out how important they are to members of the public. To do this we’ve launched a short survey to find out how aware people in the UK are of the need for Registered Professionals.

Date Posted: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:50:00 GMT

How plumbers can help save the world

The World Plumbing Council has released a white paper designed to inform registered professionals and interested members of the public about the ways plumbers and heating engineers can help the environment.

Date Posted: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:48:00 GMT

Disarming cowboy plumbers and heating engineers

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is fighting against cowboy installers who take jobs away from qualified plumbers and undermine public health and safety.

Date Posted: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:45:00 GMT

Carbon monoxide - a new danger?

Hackney Homes have recently investigated a spate of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms going off in tenants’ homes, which highlighted a CO threat from an unexpected source.

Date Posted: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:00:00 GMT

Plumbing and Heating Professionals are Key to Delivering Water Conservation Measures

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating engineering welcomes the Waterwise White Paper setting out proposals for the Coalition Government to help reduce water waste and underlines the important role plumbing and heating professionals should play in the delivery of the recommended measures.

Date Posted: Fri, 02 Jul 2010 12:05:00 GMT

VAT Increase, no effect on 5% rate for heating

The standard rate of VAT is currently 17.5 per cent but will be increased to 20 per cent on 4 January 2011.
For any sales of standard-rated goods or services that you make on or after 4 January 2011 you must charge VAT at the 20 per cent rate. If you have a cash business and calculate your VAT using the VAT fraction you must use the VAT fraction of 1/6 on your standard-rated VAT inclusive sales from 4 January 2011.

Date Posted: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:48:00 GMT

Historic Livery Companies Join Forces in Special Award Ceremony

FOUR historic City of London Livery Companies - Carpenters, Plumbers, Joiners & Ceilers and Lightmongers- have for the first time joined forces to award certificates at a special ceremony.

Date Posted: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:59:00 GMT

Scottish Government Launches £2m Boiler Scrappage Scheme

Up to 5,000 households in Scotland will receive £400 towards the cost of a new boiler, under a new boiler scrappage scheme. Households who have a central heating boiler which is listed as a category G rated boiler in the SEDBUK listing (www.sedbuk.com) and which convert less than 70 per cent of fuel into heat, will qualify for cashback on a new energy saving model.
Date Posted: Thu, 13 May 2010 13:22:00 GMT

Registered Heating Professional Andy Joins the BBC's DIY SOS Team for Chessington's - The Big Build

One of the first plumbers to sign up to the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s voluntary Register of Heating Professionals (RHP), Andy Shrimpton, owner of Perfect Heating and Plumbing stepped in to help the  BBC’s DIY SOS team restore a home left in a terrible mess by a rogue builder.

Date Posted: Tue, 04 May 2010 15:26:00 GMT

Plumbing and Heating Industry Backs Voluntary Registration

Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering President’s Dinner, current president, Ben Bradshaw, reported that the newly introduced Register of Registered Heating Professionals has been well received.

Date Posted: Tue, 04 May 2010 15:20:00 GMT

CIPHE Backs Connect Right Campaign

The chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, Blane Judd, today welcomed the new Connect Right campaign to raise awareness of the health and environment problems caused by misconnection to the public drainage system.

Date Posted: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 13:29:00 GMT

CIPHE Chief Urges Warm Front to Sign up More Installers

Blane Judd, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, today joined the growing number of voices expressing concern about the long waiting lists for Warm Front funded boiler replacements, proposing that CIPHE Registered Heating Professionals could be mobilised quickly to tackle the backlog. 

 

Date Posted: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:04:00 GMT

CIPHE Celebrates APHC support for Registered Plumber

"APHC (Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors) supports the idea of a Licence to Practise in principle, as long as it meets certain criteria. For example, the current fragmented legislative framework must be replaced with a single piece of legislation stipulating personnel standards, corporate competence and performance and ongoing CPD requirements"

The CIPHE are delighted that the APHC has aligned its thinking alongside that of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering in underlining the need for people working within the plumbing and heating industry to be properly qualified and registered. The criterion they stipulate match exactly those of the Register of Plumbers and the soon to be launched Register of Heating Professionals, which already has the requirement for minimum entry qualifications, commitment to a code of professional standards, voluntary regulation and a requirement for continuing professional development.


Date Posted: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:27:00 GMT

Gas Safe Register Targets Cowboys

RESEARCH REVEALS A QUARTER OF A MILLION ILLEGAL GAS JOBS
Disturbing research, released by Gas Safe Register today, reveals that illegal gas fitters do a QUARTER OF A MILLION gas jobs each year, including fitting and servicing appliances.

The CIPHE expressed grave concern that public health and safety is also being compromised by the number of unqualified plumbing and heating jobs being undertaken by those who are not Registered Plumbers or plumbing qualified revealed by this Gas Safe research.

"Whilst we are clear that Gas Safe registration must be checked if gas work is being carried out in your home, we are also urging the public to ask to see proof of Plumbing or Heating qualifications too. It is not safe to assume that someone who is Gas Safe Registered is qualified to carry out plumbing work, ask if they are a Registered Plumber or plumbing qualified if they will be doing work on the water and heating systems in your home"

Date Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2009 13:01:00 GMT

Sentinel receives Chartership from the CIPHE

The latest business to sign-up to the Expect to See charter from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is Sentinel Performance Solutions Group. The certificate was presented to Sentinel at Installer Live by Blane Judd chief executive of the CIPHE.

Date Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 22:19:00 GMT

Indian Honour for Blane Judd

Blane Judd, Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering received an Honorary Fellowship from the Indian Plumbing Association presented to ‘honour distinguished individuals who strive to uphold the ethical code of conduct, dignity of the profession and commitment towards fulfilment of responsibilities to the society we live in.’
Date Posted: Sat, 12 Sep 2009 19:43:00 GMT

Legionnaires’ Disease – Keeping Safe

Following a recent case of Legionnaires’ disease which has left a Birmingham woman in hospital, The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has issued advice to help people stay safe.
Date Posted: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 19:19:00 GMT

Gas Safe Doesn’t Mean Plumb Safe

Chief Executive of the CIPHE, Blane Judd is becoming increasingly concerned that people who should know better seem to believe that Gas Safe registration covers other aspects of plumbing in addition to handling gas.

Date Posted: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 07:29:00 GMT

CIPHE MOURNS HARRY PATCH

The President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, Ben Bradshaw, was among the hundreds of people who gathered outside Wells Cathedral to pay their last respects to Harry Patch.

Date Posted: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 07:16:00 GMT

CIPHE welcomes Northern Ireland decision on gas safety – a victory for public safety

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has welcomed the decision in Northern Ireland to fall in line with safety regulations in the rest of the UK.

Date Posted: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 07:11:00 GMT

Plumbing and Heating Engineers Should lead the way in Specifying CO Alarms says CIPHE

Every home with a gas, oil or solid-fuel appliance should have a carbon monoxide detector, and with one hundred and fifty million hours of time spent collectively in front of consumers a year, it’s the plumbing and heating engineers that should be their best ambassadors.

Date Posted: Wed, 05 Aug 2009 20:40:00 GMT

CIPHE response to Ofwat decision

Following the announcement by Ofwat that water companies must reduce consumer water bills, not increase them, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, Blane Judd renewed his call for water companies to work much more closely with the plumbing and heating industry to help consumers reduce water consumption.

Date Posted: Mon, 03 Aug 2009 22:19:00 GMT

Reduce Fuel Poverty with Heating Controls

Responding to the recent report issued by the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG), Blane Judd, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) today urged the government to encourage the use of central heating controls as a proven, cost effective way to reduce energy consumption.

Date Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:03:00 GMT

Plumbing and heating maintenance: the life saving truth

Whilst it’s common to get electrical appliances checked regularly many people don’t seem to realise the importance of checking and maintaining plumbing and heating systems.

Date Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 19:20:00 GMT

CIPHE honours world's oldest plumbing professional

Harry Patch, the last survivor of World War 1, has been awarded an honorary fellowship by the Charted Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) as a surprise 111 birthday present.

Date Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:37:00 GMT

Royal award for Lee

Lee Davies, deputy chief executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL) received a Highly Commended Certificate from His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh for his contribution to vocational training and development.

Date Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:31:00 GMT

CIPHE shows the way to cut carbon footprint – and save on heating bills

An authoritative document about saving energy in the home has been produced by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. The white paper, entitled Taking Control of Carbon, is designed to help householders cut both carbon emissions and their hot water and heating bills.

Date Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:06:00 GMT

New-look website for CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) officially launched its new-look website at the CIPHE National Conference, held at Warwick University Conference Park, at the end of May.

Date Posted: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 19:21:00 GMT

A green agenda for CIPHE members

On one of the hottest days of the year, delegates attended the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering’s (CIPHE) National Conference, which took place at Warwick University Conference Park on 29th – 31st May.

Date Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 08:19:00 GMT

CIPHE to Twin With French Organisation

As part of its strategy to raise the professional standards of the plumbing and heating engineering industry both in the UK and in a wider context, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is to ‘twin’ with Les Compagnons Du Devoir in France.

Date Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 08:11:00 GMT

CIPHE warns new hot water measures don’t go far enough

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has welcomed the Government’s new safety measures on hot water, but warn they don’t go far enough.

Date Posted: Wed, 20 May 2009 20:33:00 GMT

Plumbers are forgotten link in water conservation

Blane Judd, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has expressed his disappointment that plumbers were not represented at the Waterwise conference held in Oxford last week.

Date Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 10:56:00 GMT

Budget Comment

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) welcomes the chancellor’s initiatives to support skills and training, the construction industry and increased use of renewable technologies.

Date Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:25:00 GMT

Education before Meters

CIPHE Backs Environmental Agency new Water Resources Strategy but Urges 'Education before Meters'

Commenting on the Environment Agency’s new Water Resources Strategy for England and Wales, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Blane Judd today underlined the Institute’s ongoing commitment to promote the safe use of water.

Date Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 14:19:00 GMT

Winter Warning

Whilst most of us were dreaming of having a white Christmas a few weeks ago, the sudden freeze has reminded us that it’s no fun being cold.

Date Posted: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 14:26:00 GMT