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2016 Press Release Archive

  • A plumb time for Christmas spirit

    Christmas is just around the corner and families everywhere are looking forward to spending time together and enjoying the festive cheer - that is unless you are a plumbing or heating engineer.

    Date Posted:19 Dec 2016

  • Talking technical with the CIPHE

    Sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to catch up with all the latest industry developments and innovations, or to simply keep abreast of all the things you legally need to know. The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s (CIPHE’s) Techtalk, Techtalk Live and Smarttalk Live aim to change this, by providing informative technical webinars and educational articles covering a wide rage of ‘need to know’ subjects.

    Date Posted:19 Dec 2016

  • ‘Tis the season for dedicated heating & plumbing trades

    A new survey of heating and plumbing engineers reveals them to be the unsung heroes of the festive season, barely downing tools to take a break over the traditional Christmas and New Year holiday.

    Date Posted:15 Dec 2016

  • Going away for the festivities?

    Christmas is a time for visiting relatives and friends, but it’s also a time of leaving your home unattended. Whether it’s all about having fun with family or escaping away from it all somewhere hot and sunny this year, what precautions are you putting in place to keep your home safe from the damage a cold snap could do?

    Date Posted:14 Dec 2016

  • BMF and CIPHE announce collaborative alliance

    The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) have agreed a strategic alliance that will see the two organisations collaborating in key areas.

    Date Posted:22 Nov 2016

  • Toilets = jobs this World Toilet Day

    While the concept of toilets and jobs runs deep for any jobbing plumber, did you know that worldwide, a lack of sanitation impacts on the livelihoods of billions of people and up to 5% GDP of many countries?

    Date Posted:7 Nov 2016

  • Dying to be made aware

    According to the All Party Carbon Monoxide Group, accidental (and therefore preventable) carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning still results in around 40 deaths and 200 hospitalisations each year in England & Wales.

    Date Posted:3 Nov 2016

  • Great Life!

    Plumber Alan Garvey passed peacefully after a short illness on July 12th 2016, aged 89 years. Drawing on manuscripts of Alan’s autobiography this obituary describes some episodes of his life that plumbers are likely to find interesting.

    Date Posted:31 Oct 2016

  • Don’t let the cold set in

    For millions of elderly and vulnerable people, winter brings more than just the thought of Christmas and cozy nights around the TV, there is real fear in the cold days ahead, especially if the heating system breaks down.

    Date Posted:31 Oct 2016

  • Stepping up to CEng

    Are you a Masters degree level professional, working in the plumbing and heating industry? Do you want to further your qualifications to Chartered Engineer (CEng) level? Or do you have what it takes to reach CEng, through the individual, work-based, assessment process – designed specifically for people who do not hold academic qualifications?

    Date Posted:17 Oct 2016

  • CIPHE champions water efficiency

    Did you know that 748 million people - or one in 10 of the world’s population – do not have access to clean water and simply have to use what water they can, including dirty or contaminated streams, rivers or ponds?

    Date Posted:30 Sep 2016

  • A matter of trust

    When hard working, professional plumbers and heating installers are doing their bit to raise standards in the industry, it’s a body blow when greedy, unscrupulous tradesmen hit the headlines. Four men, associated with Birmingham-based Plumb-Tech Plumbing and Heating Ltd, have recently been jailed after targeting elderly and vulnerable people across Staffordshire.

    Date Posted:15 Aug 2016

  • New alliance could lead to new qualifications

    The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and the prestigious German plumbing and heating design software company Willms GmbH, have agreed an exclusive strategic alliance.

    Date Posted:8 Aug 2016

  • The outlook is dry…possibly!

    The UK weather is so changeable it’s impossible to know from one day to the next if it’s going to be sunny and hot or cloudy and wet. However, August usually has the best track record for being dry.

    Date Posted:28 Jul 2016

  • Be safe when camping

    With the Euro and US dollar exchange rate at an all time low against the pound, it’s not surprising that many families are thinking of holidaying in the UK this year. Many of those families are set to try a different type of break. 

    Date Posted:14 Jul 2016

  • Technical Director for CIPHE

    Paul Harmer IEng MEI MIET FCIPHE has joined the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) as a Technical Director. He will be working on some exciting new initiatives to support the technical development of the Institute. 

    Date Posted:24 Jun 2016

  • New CIPHE President makes history!

    The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) held its AGM on Saturday 18 June at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel in Maidstone, Kent. Over 50 people attended. Paul Williams was elected as National President and Geoff Westall was voted in as the Vice President.

    Date Posted:20 Jun 2016

  • AKW’s iShowers range of electric showers a hit with installers

    AKW’s new range of electric showers, iCare, iTherm and iSure, which combine stylish design and market leading 3 year guarantees are proving a hit with installers who find them super-quick and easy to install. 

    Date Posted:10 Jun 2016

  • Fernox is at the heart of it

    CCH Leeds was recently called to a three bedroom, semi-detached property in Crossgates Road that was experiencing problems associated with a build up of sludge and scale. Radiators were taking a long time to heat to the required the temperature and the boiler was consistently failing. 

    Date Posted:10 Jun 2016

  • High Efficient Holiday Homes with Heat Pumps

    When the owner of a luxury holiday complex in Somerset needed a reliable, low carbon heating system for 18 eco lodges to meet his sustainable vision, a local installer recommended Viessmann split heat pumps and solar thermal technology as the solution.

    Date Posted:10 Jun 2016


    Soil and waste products from Marley Plumbing & Drainage are being installed on a major residential scheme in Salford, set to provide 497 high-rise homes. Recognising that strong relationships are key to successful delivery, Marley’s technical advisors have worked closely with the design and construction team throughout this complex tower project.

    Date Posted:10 Jun 2016

  • Wirquin - new team members


    Date Posted:10 Jun 2016

  • Vulnerability

    Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, discusses the devastating and life-changing effects of uncontrolled hot water. “At best it’s like being hit by a bus. At worst it can kill you.”

    Date Posted:10 Jun 2016

  • Heatrae Sadia

    Heatrae Sadia has announced a new tailored support service for installers fitting its flagship product, with the creation of a dedicated Megaflo sales team.

    Date Posted:10 Jun 2016

  • Part L Compliance Guide

    Andy Drummond, FCIPHE and partner in Lettergold Water Treatment Solutions LLP, examines the contents of compliance packs.

    Date Posted:2 Jun 2016

  • Student Awards Dinner

    An enthusiastic audience of some 220 people attended the Student Awards Dinner organised by the Kent Branch of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). This included students, lecturers, sponsors and branch members. 

    Date Posted:2 Jun 2016

  • CIPHE Apprentice Awards launched!

    To highlight the excellent work of young people who have found their vocation in the plumbing and heating sector, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched its very own Apprentice Awards for 2016.

    Date Posted:25 May 2016

  • Don't take chances

    We are living longer, which is a definite plus, but this does often mean that adaptions are needed in the home. The question is, who can be trusted to carry out the work? It’s a sad fact of life that rogue traders often see the elderly and vulnerable in our society as easy targets. Many of their victims can ill afford to have work rectified and have to live with shoddy, often dangerous work that has been carried out.

    Date Posted:18 May 2016

  • The CIPHE gets involved in the big celebration!

    Did you know that over 21 million people a year do voluntary work in the UK? All those people and all those hours contribute an estimated £23.9bn into the economy. Like may charitable organisations, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) relies on volunteers at a number of levels; from board members, to committee members and those who organise and help out at branch events. That’s why the CIPHE is proud to celebrate Volunteers Week.

    Date Posted:27 Apr 2016

  • A new route for Chartered Engineers

    The CIPHE’s technical credibility has been enhanced with a license to award Chartered Engineer status. It means that even more members can benefit from professional registration.

    Date Posted:23 Apr 2016

  • CIPHE President's Dinner 2016

    Terry Stephenson, National President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), welcomed some 50 guests to his special dinner, which took place on the HQS Wellington on 9 March. The guest speaker was Nick Mead, President of CIBSE.

    Date Posted:14 Mar 2016

  • Don’t ruin Easter with a DIY Disaster

    As the bank holiday weekend looms, are you planning a relaxing retreat away from it all, or is everything hinging on getting that DIY project off the ground? While many of us are competent enough to wield a paintbrush or tackle changing a tap washer, there are some jobs that should definitely be left to a skilled tradesperson.

    Date Posted:10 Mar 2016

  • World Plumbing Day

    11 March celebrates all things good about plumbing and plumbers around the world, with the annual World Plumbing Day. Most people give plumbers little thought unless they have a burst pipe, or perhaps a toilet when its flushing days are numbered – but they are essential to the health of the nation.

    Date Posted:3 Mar 2016

  • Masters of the craft

    The magnificent Fishmongers’ Hall, London was a fitting venue for the annual Livery Companies Skill Council awards ceremony, which took place on on 15 February 2016. This ancient Livery Company has been in existence for over 700 years!

    Date Posted:20 Feb 2016

  • Who can I trust?

    Finally you are getting around to having your dream bathroom installed. You’ve spent hours looking for inspiration online and in magazines, not to mention the miles travelled viewing bathroom suites, taps, shower enclosures and tiles. But how much effort are you going to put into finding the right contractor to install the bathroom you’ve always wanted?

    Date Posted:12 Feb 2016

  • Skills shortages loom over the industry

    As we approach World Plumbing Day on 11 March, the industry grits its teeth against the news of further skills shortages.

    Date Posted:3 Feb 2016

  • Arctic winds are blowing!

    The mild start to winter is over. It’s expected that over the next week the UK is going to be hit by freezing temperatures and snow. This could cause havoc with plumbing systems if they aren’t protected.

    Date Posted:11 Jan 2016

  • World Plumbing Day

    Did you know that 40% of the world population does not have access to proper sanitation, a working sewerage system or wholesome drinking water? Almost one-fifth of the world's population currently lives in areas of water scarcity, with a further 500 million people teetering on the edge and soon to follow? 

    Date Posted:8 Jan 2016

  • Rising to the Top - National Apprenticeship Week 2016

    Have you got what it takes to rise to the top? That’s the question this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is asking, as the annual event returns for its 9th year from 14th to 18th March 2016. 

    Date Posted:6 Jan 2016