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SAFE HEATING FOR HERTFORDSHIRE SCHOOL – COURTESY OF STELRAD LSTs

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Stelrad’s LST range of safety radiators has increasingly been specified for school projects up and down the country, to provide the safe heat that public buildings of all types demand. The latest school to install them as part of a refurbishment project is Fearnhill School in Letchworth Garden City, on the Hertfordshire border. The refurbishment project has been undertaken under the watchful eye of Stuart Elwick from Hertfordshire County Council and the team from contractors TeamQ – Project Manager Gregg Pratt and Estimator Mike Dore. Stelrad’s Specification Manager for the region, Chris Bowles was responsible for organising the supply of the radiators for the project via Pipe Centre in Luton.

Fearnhill School is a mixed school set in a leafy part of the county and has over 500 students from the immediate area, including a thriving Sixth Form. As part of the heating system upgrade, it was clear that selecting radiators from Stelrad’s safety range of Low Surface Temperature radiators made huge sense and in all, more than 280 radiators were ordered to share heat in classrooms, corridors and common areas.

Low Surface Temperature radiators are designed to be installed in environments where safety concerns are paramount. It is common to see LST radiators in hospitals, nurseries, schools, retirement homes and care homes. LST radiators by design, are easy to keep clean and reduce potential injuries due to rounded corners and smooth finishes.

“This is another excellent school project and we’re delighted to have our radiators selected for it,” says Stelrad Specification Manager for the region, Chris Bowles. “Our LST range meets the NHS Guidance for ‘safe hot water and surface temperature’ making sure that everyone who is likely to come into contact with them will remain safe. The casings around the radiators are aesthetically pleasing, ensuring that the radiators cannot be tampered with and they provide the radiators with a robust protection that is pretty much as pupil-proof as you can get!”

“Working with Stelrad on the supply of these LST radiators has been very straightforward,” says TeamQ’s Gregg Pratt. “Delivery via our merchant in Luton has been excellent with radiators being delivered as and when we needed them, to allow us to progress the project smoothly from ‘day 1’ without having the whole supply on site, getting in the way of things. It’s been a model for how a project should unfold.”

More information about the Stelrad LST range can be obtained by visiting www.stelrad.com.

HOW THE HEATING INSTALLER AWARDS CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS

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Everyone deserves recognition for a job well done, and plumbing is no different! That’s why the Heating Installer Awards was created, to recognise and celebrate plumbers and heating installers who deliver top quality work and brilliant service to their customers.

Now in its fourth year, the Heating Installer Awards champions excellence within the industry, and makes sure that those who deserve to be shouted about are! Our work has not been in vain, with many of those involved telling us that their businesses have benefited from being associated with the awards.

In honour of our fourth year, we’ve put together the top ways that we believe the awards can help plumbers and their businesses. Here they are…

  1. Positive perception – people think (and rightly so) that if you have won an award, been a runner up, or even got through the initial stages, then you can do a great job! You wouldn’t have been shortlisted without a decent level of skill, ability and customer service. As Huw Jenkins, last year’s runner up, put it: “Since being nominated for the awards my customers (new and existing) have a lot more faith in me.”
  2. Trust – in being associated with the awards, customers automatically have an increased level of trust in you, because you couldn’t have won an award without being trustworthy! Shaun Scott, current Heating Installer Awards champion, said: “People know they will get a good quality of work, they trust me and recommend me.”
  3. Recommendations – more business! As Shaun said, more people are recommending him and therefore he’s receiving more business. This can lead to more choice for you and your business, even giving you the opportunity to expand or take on an apprentice.
  4. Partnerships – by being associated with the Heating Installer Awards, entrants are able to engage with other plumbers and businesses that they may not previously have had contact with, including our great sponsors: Danfoss, Geberit, Glow-worm, Installer Magazine, Polypipe and Stelrad! This can lead to a host of new opportunities, from recommendations from peers to product trials from companies.

This year’s entries are open until 8th February, so if you or someone you know deserves all of the above, then let us know or enter directly here! We’d love to hear from you. You can also find us over on Twitter – @HIAwards

STELRAD LST i PLUS FOR GROUND BREAKING NEW CARE VILLAGE IN YORK

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Stelrad’s LST range of safety radiators that ensure the casings of the radiators do not exceed 43 degrees C have been selected for a number of care and nursing home projects around the UK and Ireland, but the latest project to select these is something rather special.

Few buildings in the city of York are as iconic as the majestic Terry’s Chocolate Works Clock Tower and sitting adjacent to this now is one of the country’s leading luxury care homes, The Chocolate Works Care Village.  Once home to the directors of Terry’s, the beautifully restored former headquarters building now offers a comprehensive range of care options from fully supported luxury care apartments to residential, nursing and dementia care.  The £10 million restoration of this practically derelict, Grade II listed building was the brainchild of Springfield Healthcare Group CEO, Graeme Lee, whose vision of a luxury Care Village for the people of York and the surrounding area has become an awe-inspiring reality. When it is completely let it will provide a quality home for 102 elderly people in stunning surroundings.

The newly refurbished building features 124 Stelrad LST i Plus– Low Surface Temperature  radiators, to provide warmth in the residents’ rooms and in the common areas – the corridors and meeting rooms. The radiators were installed by the M&E contractors for the project, Wheatley Mechanical and Electrical from Garforth, near Leeds.

Low Surface Temperature radiators are designed to be installed in environments where safety concerns are paramount. It is common to see LST radiators in hospitals, nurseries, schools, retirement homes and care homes. LST radiators by design, are easy to keep clean and reduce potential injuries due to rounded corners and smooth finishes.

“This is an impressive project and we’re delighted to have our radiators selected for it,” says Stelrad Specification Manager for the region, Joel Cumberbatch. “Specifiers are increasingly taking a closer look at our range of LST products and deciding they offer the safety levels required when older people are living close to a heating system in their homes or meeting up in public areas. It clearly makes sense to limit the level of heat that can be touched by people in their vicinity and the carefully designed casings around the radiators limit the maximum heat they can come into contact with to no more than 43 degrees C – meeting the NHS Guidance for ‘safe hot water and surface temperature’. These radiators are also finished in antibacterial paint as standard, making them the number one choice for safety critical environments.”

Graeme Lee, Group CEO for Springfield Healthcare Group said: “Everything about the Chocolate Works Care Village is exceptional and that includes the heating system. It’s an older building with high ceilings a major feature of the design, so its vital that we are providing the right level of warmth and comfort for our residents. The Stelrad LST radiators offer this and the level of safety that is essential when older people are living in the property.”

More information about the Stelrad LST range can be obtained by visiting www.stelrad.com, whilst you can find out more about the Chocolate Works Care Village by going to chocolate-works.co.uk/about-care-village-york/.

CHAMPION SHAUN TAKES HIS PRIZE TRIP TO DENMARK

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This post is a little different as it comes from our 2018 winner, Shaun Scott. As part of his prize for winning the Heating Installer Awards 2018, Shaun was whisked off to Denmark by our sponsor, Danfoss. Here’s how he got on…

Ever since winning the Heating Installer Awards last year, I’ve been looking forward to the prize from Danfoss. The time finally came on 9th October, when I boarded a plane to Aarhus in North Denmark.

As soon as we landed we headed to Silkeborg to visit the Danfoss factory. At the factory we saw TRVs being produced and packed, ready to be distributed all around  the world! It was great to see the manufacturing process – it was an interesting side to plumbing that I would never have imagined witnessing! After leaving the factory we travelled south for a night in Nordborg, home of Danfoss’ headquarters.

The next morning we got up early and went to the Danfoss headquarters, where we were treated to a historical tour of the Danfoss museum. The museum is the original farm house of Danfoss founder Mads Clausen, who founded the company in 1933, in an office above his mum and dad’s house. It was amazing to see the transition from a family home to the successful company Danfoss is today.

We then headed to the Danfoss owned Science Park, which has been around for over 10 years helping to encourage children and young people to engage in science, technology and entrepreneurship.

After some lovely food and drinks we made the last journey of the trip, south to Hamburg in Germany, before flying home. It was a fantastic trip, we were really well looked after and the whole experience was really incredible from start to finish. When you work with products every day, it’s really interesting to see what they do behind the scenes to manufacture and distribute them. It was a side to the industry I definitely wouldn’t have had the chance to learn about without the Heating Installer Awards. I’ll be disappointed to pass on my crown in May, but I’m excited for the next winner who gets to go on the trip!

So if you want the chance to visit Denmark with Danfoss, make sure you enter the Heating Installer Awards. It was one of the highlights of my career so far and I have the awards and Danfoss to thank for that!

TOP TIPS FOR COPING WITH WEATHER CHANGES

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It happens every year, yet somehow it always seems to come as a little bit of a shock! The nights start to draw in and we wake up when it’s still dark. There’s lots of advice out there on how to keep houses warm and fashion tips on how to look great in the cold, but here at the Heating Installer Awards we like to look out for our own! And after last year’s bitingly cold beast from the east that lasted well into spring, we think that it’s important to prepare for what might come this year:

  1. Make sure that your vehicle is prepared for the change in weather because breaking down in the cold is enough to ruin anyone’s day. Make sure you check tyre treads regularly, as well as test your tyre pressures, and monitor oil and water levels – all the activities we love to say ‘I’ll do that next week’ about! As well as this, it’s a good idea to always keep some de-icer, an ice scraper and a blanket in your van, then at least if you do happen to breakdown or get stuck in bad weather, you’re prepared.
  2. On this note, make sure you’ve got a good breakdown policy in place, just in case. No one wants to be stood on the roadside in the middle of winter for any longer than necessary – especially when there’s a job to get to!
  3. Working in winter can be chilly; especially for you guys who are likely to be working on a project where you’re installing/fixing a heating system, meaning the house or building is probably cold. So make sure you invest in the right clothing. Look out for affordable winter clothing in the sales, such as insulated and waterproof trousers and jackets, and some top quality thermals and fleeces. Some heavy duty, sturdy winter boots will also come in handy, as well as some anti-slip gloves for working in the rain or snow. Helmet liners are also a great way to keep your head and neck warm.
  4. With the the clocks going back, the evenings will start getting darker even earlier now, so remember to factor in shorter days to your work schedule if you will need natural light to complete a job.
  5. Finally, you never know if a customer will offer to put the kettle on, so make sure you get yourself a good flask. Nothing beats a hot cup of tea or coffee!

As the saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. But that’s why you’re reading this, to prepare! So make sure you follow up on this advice and keep warm this winter.

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Heating Installer Awards – Privacy Notice

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At the Heating Installer Awards, we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of visitors to our website, subscribers to our e-newsletters and people who enter the awards.

This notice explains how we use any data we collect about you, the limited conditions under which we may disclose it to others, and how we keep it secure.

Who we are

The Heating Installer Awards is an annual awards campaign run by Refresh Public Relations Limited (Company Number 7094330), trading as Refresh PR.  Refresh PR is a public relations agency providing business to business and consumer PR consultancy services to organisations nationwide.  Our registered office is Refresh PR C/O Lloyd Piggott, 2nd Floor, St George’s House, 56 Peter Street, Manchester, England, M2 3NQ.

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When someone visits www.heatinginstallerawards.co.uk we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is processed in a way which does not identify individuals. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to uncover the identities of those visiting our website.

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As part of the registration process for our e-newsletter, we collect personal information. We use that information for a few reasons: to contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information about your award entry; to keep you updated about the awards; to check our records are correct; and to check that you’re happy and satisfied every now and then.

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As part of registering an award entry on our website, we collect personal information. We use that information for a few reasons:

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Following hundreds of entries, a scrupulous judging panel and huge public vote, the winner of the UK’s Heating Installer Awards 2018 has been decided.

Shaun Scott of Derek Scott Plumbing and Heating, was announced as the national winner during a special presentation at industry trade show, Installer2018, on 9th May 2018. Representing Scotland and already a brand ambassador for the plumbing and heating industry, Shaun is currently the face of WaterSafe and has recently worked to highlight awareness surrounding the use of lead within the industry. Shaun was closely followed by the national runner up, Huw Jenkins of Wales.

Sponsored by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Danfoss, Polypipe, Sentinel, Vaillant UK, Wolseley, Avanti Gas and Installer Magazine, the awards recognises heating installers that go above and beyond the call of duty. The award scheme runs annually to create a positive talking point in the industry, working to promote the excellent customer service delivered by heating installers which can often go unrecognised.

Speaking of his new title as the UK’s Heating Installer Awards winner 2018, Shaun said: “It feels great to be awarded Heating Installer Awards winner 2018. It’s amazing to get recognition for hard work and effort. I go into my job everyday to help people out, but this isn’t just for me – it’s for all the loyal customers that have looked after me as much as I’ve looked after them over the years.”

Neil Davies, Trade Marketing Director at Sentinel, added: “This is the second year we have been involved with the Heating Installer Awards and it’s encouraging to see that the talent within the industry remains as strong as ever. Those shortlisted exemplify the quality of work and attitude required to work within this industry. They are all committed to providing service that goes above and beyond what is required and all deserve recognition.

“All of the regional finalists were worthy of the title but huge congratulations to Shaun for his success.”

Steve Keeton, Marketing & Technologies Director at Vaillant, added: At Vaillant we like to promote best practice and quality workmanship in the industry and these awards give us the opportunity to reward this. Shaun’s entry for the Heating Installer Awards demonstrated everything the awards is about.

“As technology advances, heating installers have to continually upskill, keeping on top of current trends and the installers shortlisted have shown they are some of the most innovative tradespeople in the UK.”

Rachel Smith, General Manager at Polypipe Underfloor Heating, said: “We work closely with the best installers on a daily basis and are always looking for ways to celebrate the talent the industry has to offer. Seeing the entries for the Heating Installer Awards reinforced just how much talent there is.

“The awards received more entries than ever this year and they were of a very high standard. We would like to congratulate Shaun on winning this year’s awards and encourage installers to consider entering next year.”

Gareth Ash, Marketing and Technical Support Manager at Danfoss, added: “Danfoss has been proud to sponsor the Heating Installer Awards for two years and year-on-year, the quality of entries improves. It is encouraging to see so many installers proud of the high-quality work they carry out.

“We would like to say a huge congratulations to Shaun for his success. Shaun is dedicated to changing the perception of the industry through his quality workmanship and work with WaterSafe, and is a deserved winner.”

Stephen Egerton, Marketing Operations – Heating at Wolseley, said: “Any initiative that shouts about the talented installers and good work within the industry, we are proud to be part of. Installers today don’t just have to carry out quality work; they provide advice and guidance to other installers and are helping change the face of the industry.

“Shaun is a worthy winner for the Heating Installer awards 2018 and we are looking forward to see what 2019 brings.”

Kimberley Rigg, Marketing and Development Manager at Avanti Gas, added: “The Heating Installer Awards is a great way for us to champion great work within the industry and is an opportunity for installers to shout about the positive work they carry out on a day-to-day basis.

“For us, the winner of the Heating Installer Awards should go above and beyond for their customers every day, be passionate about the industry and be a shining example to other installers. That kind of commitment to your customers is something we value highly at AvantiGas – Shaun embodies this and we’d like to extend our congratulations to him.”

Huw Jenkins, of Thornhill Plumbing and Heating, Cardiff, came runner up in the awards.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be awarded runner up in the Heating Installer Awards and to be awarded the best heating installer in Wales. It’s great to be able to represent the industry and help other installers raise their standards across, which is very important. I’ve had a great day here.”

Nominations for the Heating Installer Awards 2018 opened in October 2017, asking installers, homeowners and customers to submit exemplary examples of work over the past 12 months.

A panel of industry experts then met to shortlist nine regional winners, with the shortlist going to a public vote. Thousands of votes were cast, with Shaun crowned the overall winner.

The 2019 competition will open later this year. For further information and to register interest for next year’s awards, please visit www.heatinginstallerawards.co.uk.

EU Study Show Energy Saving Potential of Thermostatic Radiator Valves

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A new report from the European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) shows that energy costs for millions of households across the EU (including the UK) could be reduced significantly by upgrading heating systems with basic thermostatic radiator valves (TRV).  Heating controls manufacturer, Danfoss, believes the new report provides compelling evidence for installing TRVs as an upgrade for existing heating systems as well as in new build properties.

Eu.bac prepared a detailed country-by-country analysis based on data from the European Environment Agency on energy use and heating costs in EU homes. The study estimates that about 500 million uncontrolled valves are still mounted on radiators in homes across the EU, wasting energy and money year after year.

An uncontrolled radiator valve runs non-stop, even when the room has become warm. A TRV can be set to heat a room to the required setting. Once the room temperature reaches that setting, the valve turns the radiator off. When the room temperature drops again, the TRV turns the radiator back on. “Fitting this kind of thermostatic radiator control means homes can be kept comfortably – and affordably – warm,” explains Gareth Ash, Marketing and Technical Manager at Danfoss.

The study concludes that EU citizens would save a staggering €12 billion annually and reduce CO2 emissions by about 24 million tonnes if all of the 500 million radiators with uncontrolled valves in the EU were upgraded with TRVs. The estimate is based on an average energy saving of 18 % when installing a TRV, a conservative figure that could turn out to be significantly higher.

The eu.bac study found that the typical cost of installing TRVs would be paid pack in energy savings in just two years. “And if you compare this to the 20 year minimum lifetime of a high quality Danfoss TRV, for example, the potential savings once installed are huge,” claims Gareth Ash.

Summing up, he says: ” Easy to install, TRVs are a cost-effective way to achieve better control of your home heating and energy costs. Given the proven benefits, and since the purchase price of these high efficiency valves can be similar to uncontrolled valves, it seems obvious that every radiator should be fitted with a TRV.”

Danfoss is a leading manufacturer of world-class heating products for the residential and commercial markets, with factories throughout Europe, including in the UK and Denmark. Products range from domestic heating controls such as programmers, thermostats and TRVs to balancing valves, pressure and flow controllers, heat exchangers and energy meters for district and commercial heating applications. The company’s extensive product range is supplied through a national network of stockists. A comprehensive range of customer support services is also available, including installer training courses, CPD seminars and the Danfoss Assist mobile website at www.Assistyou.Danfoss.co.uk. For more information visit www.heating.danfoss.co.uk

The Heating Installer Awards Announces 2018 Regional Winners

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Following an intense judging day which saw the best talent within the plumbing and heating industry shortlisted to just nine outstanding installers, the regional winners of the industry famous Heating Installer Awards have been revealed for 2018.

The regional winners are:

  • North West – David Thompson, Ground Heat Installations Limited
  • North East and Yorkshire – Neil Bumford, Bumford Heating Limited
  • South West – William Hale, D J Hale and Co
  • South East – Daniel Wells, DW Heating and Plumbing Limited
  • East Midlands – B.A.R. Plumbing and Heating
  • West Midlands – Ian Smith, IJS Trade Services
  • East of England – Mark Partridge, Bright Green Renewables Ltd
  • Wales – Huw Jenkins, Thornhill Plumbing and Heating
  • Scotland – Shaun Scott, Scott Plumbing and Heating

Hundreds of entries were whittled down to the top nine, with each winner representing their own region of the UK. They will now face an online, public vote to decide the UK’s number one heating installer.
Representatives from Danfoss, Polypipe, Sentinel, Installer Magazine, and Vaillant UK, the award sponsors along with Wolseley and Avanti Gas, judged the entries on technicality, professionalism, exceptional service and customer testimonials, at the judging day which was held at Vaillant HQ in Belper. The panel was also joined by Peter Booth, winner of last year’s Heating Installer Awards.

The winners selected each demonstrated a desire to go to great lengths in order to deliver incredible levels of service for their customers, using innovative solutions that improve the quality of life of families and businesses across the UK.

Judge Becky Appleyard-Kelly, representing Polypipe, said: “Over the years we have witnessed the positive influence the Heating Installer Awards is having within the industry and we wanted to be a part of that. This was our first year sponsoring the awards and we are incredibly proud to be a part of an initiative that celebrates exceptional levels of work.

“The level of quality of the entries received this year was very impressive and it was a difficult job to choose just one for each region. Each finalist should be very proud of themselves and we are excited to find out who the overall winner is.”

Judge Paul Honeyman, representing Vaillant, said: “We have been sponsors of the Heating Installer Awards since it began in 2015 and the quality of entries is improving year on year. The judging day was a reminder of how many talented installers there are within our industry.

“From one-man-bands to larger companies, the awards celebrate those installers that go above and beyond for their customers and who display exemplary levels of work on a day to day basis; they set the benchmarks the rest of the industry should aspire to.

“Congratulations to all of the regional winners. The British public has a difficult job in selecting a national winner!”

Jessica Green, judging on behalf of Sentinel, said: “As advocates of the heating industry, and the installers that work within it, we were incredibly impressed to see not just the quality of the work that is carried out across the country each day, but the amount of passion those within our industry have for what they do.

“The Heating Installer Awards judging day was a fantastic opportunity to witness this talent and dedication first hand: it really made us smile. The British public has a really tough choice ahead of them as we enter the final part of this competition.”

Judge Gareth Ash, representing Danfoss, said: “This is our second year judging the Heating Installer Awards and it was great to see the installer community remains as passionate as ever! The entries this year were fantastic, and it was a tough job to judge.

“We already know the industry is filled with talented and dedicated tradespeople that put their customers first, and the Heating Installer Awards is a great way to celebrate this. The winning regional installers are not only a credit to their region, but the UK as a whole.”

Mark McGettigan, judge and editor of Installer magazine, said: “As media partner of the Heating Installer Awards, we have seen the entries develop and improve over the years and this year was the best we’ve seen in terms of quality. It was incredibly interesting to see an increase in the number of renewable energy entries, which gives us a wider view of the landscape of the heating industry.

“Congratulations to all of the regional winners, and may the best man win!”

Peter Booth of G.V. Booth and last year’s winner, said: “It was fantastic to see so many talented installers enter the Heating Installer Awards. I see examples of quality installations from other installers everyday on social media and I really enjoy people showcasing the work that they’re proud of, no matter how big or small the job is.

“The quality of entries was very high – I even gave one full marks, something I didn’t think I’d be able to do! I encourage everyone to continue celebrating good news within our industry and vote for the overall winner of the Heating Installer Awards 2018.”

All regional winners will now be put forward to compete for the title of the UK’s Best Heating Installer 2018, which will be announced at Installer2018 in May following the online public vote.

Those wishing to vote should visit www.heatinginstallerawards.co.uk/finalists. The deadline for votes is 9pm on Friday 27th April. Full terms and conditions can be found on the website.

 

What you love about the industry

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What’s your favourite thing about the industry you work in? At Installer2017, plumbers and heating installers shared what they loved about the industry on balls from our (super fun) ball pool, and we’ve collated the answers to find your top answers.

From the opportunity to make friends, to being the heroes that ‘don’t wear capes’, you had an array of reasons why you love the industry you work in.

  1. Being sociable

The most popular entry in our ball pool was how sociable the industry is! Simply by viewing the conversations that happen over Twitter and social media every day, we can tell many of you love the social element that surrounds the job and the sense of community that comes with it. From attending events and meeting fellow installers to just having a brew with work colleagues, these are just some of the many reasons why installers love the industry. Oh, not to mention the constant ‘banter’ that’s impossible to escape!

  1. Practical work

The job doesn’t just involve being able to have a good chat with people; many of you love the practical side too! Whether it’s a particularly difficult installation or the chance to work with a new product, you love being hands on with the job. It’s this love of the practical side of your work that means you carry out quality installations time after time! Because after all, you have to enjoy what you do to be great at it.

  1. Helping other people

One of the top things installers love about the industry is the ability to help people each day. Whether it’s aiding a homeowner whose heating has packed in, or ensuring people are aware, and adhere to, the Gas Safe Register, installers really care about the people they work with. You help to keep families warm, and as the winter months seem to be getting colder each year, the public commend you.

  1. Teaching the future

Many installers are excited about a new generation of plumbers entering the industry. Across the UK apprenticeship participation stands at a record level. The ability to teach skills and pass on knowledge to the next generation starting out in the industry is another reason why installers love what they do. Our Apprentice of the Month competition is set to open for entries soon, so if you’ve taught an apprentice and are impressed by their work make sure you nominate them. More information can be found on Twitter – @AotMAwards.

  1. Ecofriendly

We love that the community cares about the environment. Many of you told us that you want to be as eco-friendly as possible and love the new environmentally friendly products coming out from your favourite suppliers. From ground source heat pumps to water based UFH, you’re always looking to the future and trying to save the planet, job by job.

  1. Perks of the job

It may seem slightly more trivial, but you love the free perks of the job. The offer of a brew whilst at work and the freebies you receive from companies you work with, all make being an installer that little bit better.

  1. Job satisfaction

Many of you love the satisfaction you get from your hard work, after providing the public with service of an excellent quality. Whether it’s the diverse nature of the job or carrying out innovative work, each night you go home feeling proud, and that’s what makes those cold winter months and long summer days worth it. If you’ve done a job you’re particularly proud of, enter it into the Heating Installer Awards today!

 

You can find out how to write the perfect entry here and what’s different about the awards over on our blog page. Or, to enter now, head here – http://heatinginstallerawards.co.uk/enter/