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Carbon Monoxide detector laws tightened in Scotland

Laws relating to carbon monoxide detectors in private rented accommodation have been tightened up in Scotland. 

As from 1st December 2015, Scottish landlords are required to install a CO detector in every space containing a fixed combustion appliance.  In their Statutory Guidance the Scottish Government advise landlords that “combustion appliances such as boilers, fires, heaters and stoves fuelled by solid fuel, oil or gas all have the potential to cause CO poisoning if they are poorly installed or commissioned, inadequately maintained or incorrectly used.”

 

Part P: a must for building services installers in 2016

Part P was introduced on January 1st 2005; a move by government to introduce electrical safety rules into Building Regulations for England and Wales, defining the minimum standards for electrical safety with a domestic premises.

 

 

Help boost the electrical sector

Could your centre and learners help plug the skills gap within the electrical industry? Our ever-expanding range of electrical qualifications offers both existing operatives and new entrants the opportunity to develop their business and make a positive impact on their career.

Feed in Tariff review announced

Yesterday, (17th December), DECC announced the details of its Feed in Tariff Scheme review, confirming that subsidies will be cut by 64%, a significant figure, but not quite as much as the 84% predicted. Under the new tariffs, there will be a 4.8% rate of return for solar, 5.9% for wind, and 9.2% for hydro.

STA lays out jobs losses for solar

Not quite the news we were hoping to hear: the Solar Trade Association (STA) claims that some 20,000 more jobs could be axed in the solar industry, as a result of proposed cuts to government subsidies; a slight improvement on the 27,000 jobs it had previously estimated.

 

Industry to champion new safety certificate for landlords

Thursday 10th December has been earmarked as ‘The Private Rented Sector Safety Shocks’ event, held in Westminster, which will see representatives from across the public and private sectors come together to discuss improving safety in private rented housing.

Survey sparks good news for electrical contractors!

Well it’s good news if you’re in the electrical trade! A new survey from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has revealed that 79 per cent of contractors saw their turnover increase or remain steady in the third quarter of 2015.

Stop renewable subsidy cuts, they cut bills!

A new report published by independent energy company, Good Energy has found that renewables are cutting the wholesale price of energy and lessening the effects of subsidies on bill payers. The announcement comes at a time where the government has pledged to cut subsidies for the likes of wind and solar to keep bills manageable for families and businesses.

 

New electrical qualifications to open new doors!

Are you an electrician and looking to add to your skill set? Are you a building services engineer who needs electrical knowledge? Could you make it as a smart meter installer? Logic Certification has added a number of new electrical qualifications to its portfolio giving learners more choice and flexible, learning routes.

Logic Certification is supporting the 'Keep FiTs' campaign

The proposed cuts to the Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) could cause devastation to the renewables arm of building services engineering, reducing business streams for the organisations and sole traders that have invested in delivering this technology, and halting the pace of carbon reducing change across Britain.

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