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Stay safe against the CO poison risks of oil burners

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With nearly 70 per cent of households in Northern Ireland using oil as their main heating source. OFTBC is concerned that many are still unaware of the risks of this potentially deadly substance when it comes to oil-burning appliances. In particular, feedback from OFTEC’s technicians in Northern Ireland suggests that the householders believe the risks only apply to gas-burning appliances. For this reason we are keen to raise the awareness among householders and are supporting the Heal

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MP calls for more electrical testing on rented properties

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The government has been urged to make the provision of electrical safety certificates by landlords a legal requirement by Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton.  He says the current law is inadequate to prevent fires and deaths. Mr Thornton’s statement in a parliamentary debate followed concerns raised by one of his constituents about the safety of his home. He suggested that a similar process to that regarding the existing gas safety certificate should be established. Electrical Safety Counc

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Cofely purchases Balfour Beatty Workplace UK

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The Acquisition of the Balfour Beatty Workplace UK facilities management operation has been announced by Cofely. The company, which is part of GDF SUEZ, has combined Balfour Beatty Workplace with its existing UK business “with immediate effect”. The acquisition has resulted in the new entity operating entirely under the Cofely brand, which sees its employee numbers to rise to more than 15,000 with a turnover of nearly £1bn. Cofely UK chief executive Wilfred Petrie said the

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2014 to see faster growth for 7 years

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Contractors are gearing up for the biggest year of growth since the recession hit as forecasters prepare to upgrade their expectations for industry growth. The Construction Products Association, Experian and Leading Edge are expected to reveal the industry grew in 2013 after decline had been forecast over the course of last year, with stronger growth rates also expected for the following two years. Construction Products Association economics director Noble Francis said upward revisions for l

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Hotter homes pose threat to energy reduction

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We’re heating our homes to temperatures four degrees higher on average than they were in 1970 –so says a government-commissioned report on the last 40 years of home energy habits.And while pre-household energy use has fallen by 18 per cent, the total amount of energy consumed by all homes is up by almost a third. This is not much of a surprise considering there are eight million more homes now than then, but there’s no getting away from the fact that our heating habits have had

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