Feb 27
The UK’s first ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level Six’ holiday home complex, The Emerald

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Perfect Stays, the exclusive and specialist holiday letting agency, announces that one of its locations has become the UK’s first ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level Six’ holiday home complex. Situated in the heart of Cornwall not far from the coastal town of Falmouth, The Emerald is a prestigious eco development which not only boasts from […]

Feb 26
Mark Group installs loft insulation in 1,000 properties and gets 98% customer satisfaction

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Mark Group has reached a milestone in a three year contract with Plymouth Community Homes, by fitting its 1000th installation of loft insulation for the social housing provider’s domestic properties, across its housing stock of approximately 15,000 homes. The contract will see Mark Group improving the comfort of up to 5,000 homes in total by […]

Feb 21
Climate Change Capital advises ‘European Onshore Wind Deal of the Year 2013’

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Climate Change Capital’s corporate finance and M&A advisory team was recognised for their involvement in Infinis Wind Holdings Limited: a refinancing deal which won ‘European Onshore Wind Deal of the Year 2013’ at the Project Finance Magazine awards held in London last night. CCC’s Advisory team was the financial model builder on the refinancing of […]

Latest US Kebony project at Hunters Point New York City

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Kebony today announces details of its most recent project in the US, Hunters Point South Waterfront Park, New York City, as it extends its US market penetration through its new distribution partner, Pine River Group. Perched on the bank of the East River in New York, the use of Kebony’s sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood […]

Feb 20
Innovation set to make sandbags obsolete

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A highly effective, eco-friendly alternative to the sandbag has been invented and is on sale now. Billed as the most important development in emergency flood protection since the invention of the sandbag, two products – the Hydrosack and Hydrosnake – create a highly efficient barrier to the threat of floodwater in residential and commercial properties. Once […]

Feb 19
Half of UK would consider Community Energy

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Over half of UK adults (51%) said they would be motivated to get involved in a community energy project if it could save money on their energy bill, according to the findings of a DECC Community Energy Survey. The study, based on a sample of 1,089 adults, also revealed though that while four in ten would […]

Feb 18
Reducing the impact of construction on the environment

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Earlier this month Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change confirmed that the UK had met its first carbon budget, the first step in fulfilling our commitment to cut Britain’s emissions by 80% in 2050. It is widely reported that buildings account for approximately half of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. BRE […]

More cash-back for people carrying out Green Deal

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Changes to the UK government’s Green Deal cash-back scheme have been announced, to help more households drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions by carrying out energy efficiency improvements. The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements. The changes include […]

Feb 17
Ventrolla launches new secondary glazing windows website

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Ventrolla has launched a new website, offering expert help and advice on choosing the right secondary glazing solution for your property. Featuring news of Ventrolla’s new discreet secondary glazing systems, the website www.ventrolla.co.uk/secondary-glazing answers all possible questions about these innovative glazing products and the many benefits they offer. Certified in waterproofing, air permeability, acoustic and thermal savings, […]

Feb 11
Albion Community Power invests £1.5m in wind turbine in South Wales

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Albion Community Power (ACP), the recently launched power generation company, has invested £1.5m in partnership with Welsh developer Infinite Renewables to fund the development of a 500kw single wind turbine in Blaencilgoed, in South Wales. The wind turbine, which is the first investment made by ACP, will supply electricity to a local quarry. It is […]

A2Dominion names Willmott Dixon as main contractor for eco town first phase

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A2Dominion has named Willmott Dixon as the main contractor for the infrastructure and initial stage of the Exemplar phase of the UK’s first eco town, North West Bicester (NW Bicester), in Oxfordshire. As the UK’s second largest, privately-owned construction company, Willmott Dixon will work with A2Dominion to build the first 94 of the 393 planned […]

UK Energy Secretary needs to make ECO work for installers

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Energy Secretary Ed Davey was called on today to “overhaul” the way the Energy Companies Obligation scheme is administered. Under the ECO, the “Big Six” energy suppliers are expected to invest around £1billion a year to provide almost 250,000 low income homes with free A-rated boilers and insulation. But leading energy network, Futureproof, said the […]

Feb 10
United Nations recognises postgraduate’s talent for sustainable design

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An architectural designer from Lincoln will travel to the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York to present her pioneering proposals for a sustainable care home as the winner of a global design competition. Manvi Mukesh Vyas, who is currently undertaking the MSc Sustainable Architectural Design programme at the University of Lincoln, created a blueprint […]

Feb 07
New guidance on benefits of building controls and energy management

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BRE has published two Information Papers to help non-technical clients and building occupiers specify building controls to provide a comfortable climate for a building’s occupants with the lowest possible energy consumption. Information Paper 1/14: Understanding the Choices for Building Controls has been produced by BRE, with the support of the Energy Services Technology Association (ESTA) […]

Feb 06
BRE to collaborate on building standards in Mexico

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As part of the UK Deputy Prime Minister’s trade mission to Mexico this week, BRE has signed an agreement with the Government of central state Aguascalientes today which will pave the way for the use of BREEAM and LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) standards in Mexico. The collaboration agreement comes at a time of unprecedented […]

Feb 05
Property developer Citu backs ‘Cold Homes Week’

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We need to address the root causes of the problem: our over-dependence on energy for our badly insulated homes. Chris Thompson, a director at the Yorkshire-based property developer Citu, says that the energy price debate has become too fixated on the price of our energy bills at the expense of addressing the root of the […]

University launches innovative hydrogen car in India

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Birmingham City University is set to showcase the concept and design behind what could prove to be the world’s first affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle. In a partnership with UK motorsport entrepreneur and manufacturer Spencer Ashley and the DYPDC centre for automotive research in Pune, the University’s pioneering project will be unveiled in […]

Feb 03
EDF Energy launches new ‘Climate & Us’ website

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EDF Energy today announces the launch of Climate & Us; a new interactive website which aims to engage and educate individuals, businesses and communities on climate change and how it could affect where they live. Developed in collaboration with the Met Office and the University of Exeter, the website will host a range of up-to-date […]

CIOB headquarters achieves Ska Gold standard

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The new headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in Bracknell have achieved a Ska Gold sustainability rating. Prior to moving from its long term home in Ascot, the Institute took the decision to create a sustainable office environment that puts technology and employee comfort at its centre. Project managed by fit-out specialists Morgan […]