Nov 30
Marks & Spencer first major company to sign up to the UNICEF carbon offset project

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Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project. This initiative will improve the health and lives of vulnerable children while cutting carbon emissions that cause climate change. • 40,000 Bangladeshi families to benefit • 150 new jobs to be created • Fuel efficient cook […]

Nov 29
Homeowners do not understand low energy technologies

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Homeowners are unable to take advantage of the benefits of low and zero carbon technologies because they do not understand how they work, new research by the NHBC Foundation has revealed. The research was carried out by Reading University in six homes across four separate developments and looked at how homeowners lived with the technologies day-by-day. It […]

Nov 25
Farrell & Clark celebrating Green Gown Award win

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Leeds-based architects, Farrell and Clark are celebrating as their energy saving library retrofit project for the University of Bradford was recognised at the 2013 Green Gown Awards ceremony at the Roundhouse, Derby College. The Green Gown Awards acknowledges exceptional environmental and sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sector across […]

Nov 19
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Q&A

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I was recently asked to give a talk on RHI – both domestic and non-domestic applications – as part of the h.Energy week. The latter is organized by Herefordshire New Leaf, a not for profit environmental organisation, and the week entails a series of visits and talks which are open to the wider public. The talk […]

Nov 15
Period Window Specialists Ventrolla: Year in review

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With 2014 just around the corner, David Greaves, Managing Director of Period Window Specialists Ventrolla, looks back on what has been an eventful year for this British business celebrating its 30th birthday. It has seen the company undertake significant investment including the upgrade of its manufacturing capability as well as taking steps to grow its […]

A clearer view on warmer homes, install secondary glazing

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With weather forecasters predicting a long, cold winter and another round of inflation-busting price hikes by energy companies, it seems hard-pressed UK households will be facing another testing few months. One guaranteed and highly cost effective way of keeping your home warm over the winter, as well as reducing bills, is by insulating windows using […]

Nov 14
As winter creeps up, Linden Homes has some tips for energy smart customers

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With research showing that new homes are up to six times more energy efficient than older second hand ones – it is no wonder more and more house hunters are opting for brand new. And with energy prices on the up, and numerous incentives to help curb the cost of moving, there has never been […]

Nov 08
Friday funny…energy efficient windows!

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Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive, double pane, energy efficient kind. Today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them. He complained that the work had been completed a year ago and I still hadn’t paid for them. Helloooo………… just because I’m blonde doesn’t mean that […]

BRE National Solar Centre is relocating to Eden Project

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BRE National Solar Centre will relocate its offices and create its first solar test site at the Eden Project in St Austell. BRE established the National Solar Centre in April this year, with support from the European Regional Development Fund*, to drive innovation, cost reduction and increased confidence in the photovoltaic (PV) marketplace through knowledge […]

Nov 06
Trend drives energy savings at Jaguar Land Rover

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With a relationship that stretches back over 20 years, Trend Control Systems has played a key role in helping Jaguar Land Rover achieve significant energy savings and meet its sustainability based objectives. As two of the greatest British vehicle brands, the names Jaguar and Land Rover are synonymous with quality and prestige. Indian automotive giant, […]

Half a million pounds injected into new homes research

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Half a million pounds will be injected into the NHBC Foundation this year to fund cutting-edge research and guidance into new homes, the organisation has announced. As a sign of its long-term commitment to its research arm, NHBC – the UK’s leading insurance and warranty provider for new homes – has nearly trebled its funding […]

Nov 04
BRE Innovation Park leads to major new opportunity for Scottish company in China

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Scottish company Applegreen homes has been invited to showcase its model ‘home for the future’ in China, after launching its innovative modular home solution on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig. During his trade mission to China, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, accompanied by BRE Director, Rufus Logan attended a ceremony in China this morning […]