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Engineering for water efficient homes

Engineering for water efficient homes
Article written by: Phil Allen, Senior Floor Risk Consultant, Thomasons

The measures that housebuilders can take to save water are twofold: use alternative sources of water and introduce water-efficient devices within the home.  

Firstly, there is rainwater harvesting in the form of water butts and below-ground storage tanks. These provide an alternative water source to mains water. Recycled rainwater can have numerous uses around the home, such as flushing toilets, use in washing machines or simply watering the garden. By incorporating some treatment into the rainwater harvesting and recycling system, it can be used for a range of clean water activities as well. 

Waste not, want not

Beat the Freeze: Van Drivers Urged to Bring Tools Indoors

Plumbers by their work van

Van drivers have been urged to bring their tools in from the cold to prevent thousands of pounds worth of damage as outdoor temperatures are set to plummet.

Vehicle leasing giant Leasevan.co.uk issued the advice after weather forecasters predicted a cold spell could be on the way with snow and ice warnings issued across the country.

Bitter temperatures are set to roll in as the MET Office warn another Beast from the East could be on its way.

This could see the country grind to a halt under another blanket of heavy snow and ice but for van drivers it is not just their daily commutes that are affected.

The experts have urged tradesmen to protect their tools from potentially damaging sub-zero temperatures by bringing them indoors at night.

Week-long celebration held by new Dawlish plumbing & heating supplier 

RGB Plumbing & Heating Launch Week

RGB Building Supplies’ new Dawlish plumbing and heating branch was officially launched on Monday 14th January when its Chairman Colin Worth cut the ribbon to kick-start a week of celebrations. 

Throughout the week, RGB’s dedicated plumbing and heating branch was joined by leading industry names Strom, Joule, Maincor and Henrad, to help offer members of the local community expert advice on a wide range of products. 

In addition, special offers were available, as well as free tasty treats including pasties, pizzas, sausage rolls and chocolate. 

InSinkErator Supplies A 4N1 Touch Tap To George Clarke's Old House New Home

InSinkErator 4N1 Touch Tap

InSinkErator® supplied a 4N1 Touch tap to ‘George Clarke’s Old House, New Home’, which was broadcast on Channel 4 to 1.9 million viewers.

‘George Clarke’s Old House, New Home’ is a home renovation programme that features period properties across Britain benefitting from a modern makeover. The fourth episode of the third series, which originally aired on 22nd November 2018 and is still available on demand, saw renowned architect, George Clarke, transform a Victorian terrace house in Portsmouth.

EauVation launches two ground-breaking products

EauVation smart taps

Leading sustainable water provider, EauVation, is launching two ground-breaking products, EauVation SmartTap™ and EauVation Touch™.

EauVation SmartTap™ is the ideal system for drink or food prep areas in the kitchen, restaurant or office.   This neat little under-counter system is compact and powerful, quickly dispensing boiling, chilled still and sparkling water options in high volumes at the simple touch of an easy-to-use, illuminated button console.

Tax Preparation Specialist Issues Guidance to Help Taxpayers Struggling with Self Assessment

Tax Preparation Form

With just over two weeks until the Self Assessment deadline, taxpayers who have yet to submit their tax return have been thrown a lifeline in the form of expert guidance to assist them in fully utilising their business expenses within HMRC's regulations on allowable expenses. David Redfern, managing director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd has issued his well-timed advice in order to assist the millions of taxpayers who have yet to file and submit their online Self Assessment tax return.

Saras Hope Foundation set to benefit from Flame's support

Saras Hope Foundation set to benefit from Flame's support

Flame Heating Group is hoping to build on the £25,000 it has raised for good causes in the North East, after announcing Saras Hope Foundation as its chosen charity for 2019.

The Boldon-based heating and plumbing merchant will support and fundraise for the Foundation over the course of the year, having previously supported Fighting All Cancers Together (F.A.C.T.) in 2018.

Established in 2007 by Ged and Julie Hoburn, Saras Hope Foundation offers respite for children and young people with cancer and their families, which includes providing fully-funded holidays to create lasting memories with loved ones. 

No-deal Brexit could cost family-owned insulation manufacturer up to £85,000 per year

Brexit Superfoil MD William Bown and a colleague on site

Family owned insulation manufacturer, SuperFOIL Insulation estimates that a no-deal Brexit could cost it £45,000 to £85,000+ per year.

SuperFOIL’s estimate is based on a report published by HM Treasury at the end of 2018 which calculated that a no-deal Brexit could make the UK’s economy 9.3 percent smaller over 15 years.

The analysis also shows that the impact for manufacturers in a no-deal scenario would be the equivalent to, on average, 9 to 17 percent of the value of EU trade compared to today’s arrangements.

Tax Preparation Specialist Provides Assistance to Aid Compliance with HMRC Regulations in Self Assessment Tax Returns

Self Assessment Tax Returns

As part of their ‘Compliance Matters' campaign, DSR Tax Claims Ltd have issued guidance to taxpayers to help them achieve HMRC compliance when completing and submitting their Self Assessment tax returns. Managing Director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd, David Redfern, has provided his guidance in the run-up to the Self Assessment deadline on 31st January to help taxpayers avoid falling foul of HMRC regulations thus risking fines and penalties.