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Plumbers unprepared for move to energy-efficient homes, heating report warns

A new January 2012 Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) report on low-carbon domestic heating warns that plumbers are unprepared for a transition to low-carbon heating and that government plans for insulation and green energy are not adequate for the changes needed. About a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions come from heating residential buildings, largely with gas. If the UK is to meet emission reduction targets this will need to change, by homes switching to using new technology such as heat pumps. Plumbers will need the necessary skills to install such equipment properly - the study found cases of inexperienced or underqualified installers causing serious problems. The report is available online at

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