Jan 30
Work starts on UK’s biggest Passive House development

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Work has begun to build the UK’s largest development of energy efficient and virtually air tight homes in the UK, which will help home-owners, reduce their energy bills and cut carbon emissions by up to 90%. Little Kelham, at Kelham Island in the heart of Sheffield will offer 107 Passive Houses built by award winning […]

Jan 28
BRE appoints Chris Earnshaw as Non Executive Chairman

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BRE has appointed Chris Earnshaw FREng as Non Executive Chairman of the Group Board. With a distinguished corporate career in the telecoms industry, he primarily worked at BT where one of his principal achievements was leading on the 10-year, £28 billion transformation of the UK telecoms network from analogue to digital, which forms the backbone […]

Jan 27
Construction begins on the UK’s first eco town, North West Bicester

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Construction of the UK’s first eco town, North West Bicester (NW Bicester), in Oxfordshire has begun. Lead developer A2Dominion has started preparing the site for building works to commence for the initial phase, which will form part of the long-term vision to provide up to 6,000 sustainable new homes for Bicester. The first phase of […]

Jan 21
Albion Ventures invests £3.1m in third hydro project

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Albion Ventures (‘Albion’), one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK, has invested £3.1 million in partnership with Perth-based developer, Green Highland Renewables (‘GHR’), to fund the development of a single 1MW hydropower scheme on the Allt Gharagain near Achansheen, in the Scottish Highlands. The scheme will benefit from the Feed-in-Tariff regime […]

Jan 20
ISA welcomes Qatar Green Building Council as a strategic member

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The Qatar Green Building Council (GBC) is the latest organisation to join ISA (International Sustainability Alliance), the global networking organisation dedicated to improving the sustainability of real estate through benchmarking. Qatar GBC is joining as a strategic member, which reflects its special role in acting as a focal point for Qatar-based companies to also join […]

Good Energy tops Which? customer satisfaction for third year running

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Consumer group Which? has awarded top slot in its annual energy company satisfaction survey to Good Energy for the third year in a row. The Which? survey covered customers’ views on customer service, value for money, accuracy and clarity of bills, complaints and energy saving – and Good Energy scored a 5 star rating in […]

Jan 16
Solar farm proposals plan to champion local economy of Somerton in Somerset

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British solar farm developer and operator, Lightsource Renewable Energy, is hoping to submit a proposal for a solar farm which will not only generate clean electricity for 2,000 local homes but also create opportunities for local businesses and employment. The firm has launched a campaign today seeking involvement from the local community in shaping and […]

Jan 15
Hemp and straw risky choice for new build homes

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Natural crop-based building materials – such as hemp and straw – are of ‘growing’ interest for the construction of new homes in the UK, a new report by the NHBC Foundation has found. But the report also advises that there are risks associated with using such materials and highlights that at the current time relatively […]

Jan 14
Smart Grids and the data challenge

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The evolution of the electricity distribution network is at the heart of the debate about future of the electricity system. The distribution network, historically designed for unidirectional power flows and with very limited observability, will need to accommodate increased levels of small to medium scale distributed generation, including CHP-generated electricity, photovoltaic systems and wind farms. […]