Mar 11
EnglishPoint Marina Newsletter (February 2014)

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Finally, in February, the planks for the Boardwalk and Pool deck arrived at EnglishPoint Marina. Each plank is nearly 20 feet long, the length of the containers in which they arrived. Now the work of laying the planks on the concrete substructures of the Boardwalk as well as the pool deck will begin. In keeping […]

Stockholm unveils ambitious BREEAM In-Use commitment

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The city of Stockholm is unveiling ambitious plans to increase its use of BREEAM In-Use to help manage and improve the sustainability performance of its buildings. In 2013, the city authority certified more than 30 buildings under BREEAM In-Use International, which was launched in June last year. In 2015, the city plans to have assessed […]

Mar 10
Kebony wood selected for the world’s first Quiet Mark Treehouse

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Unveiled at the 2014 Ideal Home Show, the Quiet Treehouse has been designed by Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses and will be donated for permanent use by Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice in Sussex. Kebony has been working with Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses, John Lewis and Quiet Mark to develop an ambitious tree home made […]

Ventrolla roll out on RIBA product selector and NBS Plus

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Construction professionals will now find it easier to access information about the full range of Ventrolla products and services, following the addition of 7 new product specifications to the RIBA Product Selector and the National Building Specification (NBS) websites. Marketing Manager of Ventrolla, Christian Walker, said: “Specification is a vital part of the design process […]

KBB Show proves a big hit for Häfele’s Krushr recycling system

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Leading design solutions specialist Häfele UK is celebrating success following the 2014 KBB Show in Birmingham this week, where its newly-launched ‘Thinking Inside the Box’ stand concept was exceptionally well-received by visitors. The interactive exhibition stand presented Häfele’s extensive range of innovative products including lighting, handles, electrical accessories, storage solutions, waste systems and essential fixtures […]

Mar 07
DSM wins ‘Breakthrough Technology of the Year’

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Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, is pleased to announce that its advanced cellulosic yeast product was named the ‘Breakthrough Technology of the Year’ on 5 March 2014 by Green Power Conferences. The award recognizes a breakthrough technology platform “for the technology that reset the goal for bio-based production.” Green Power […]

What to do if a house purchase falls through

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Losing out on a dream home can be a difficult experience, but there are steps that can be taken to maximise a buyer’s chances of concluding their next purchase successfully, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). NAEA’s latest research reveals that there are, on average at a national level, over eight buyers […]

Mar 06
Green Casinos: No longer gambling away the future?

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Striding into a casino one would be hard pressed to find any semblance of sustainability, ecology or nature. Our casinos have traditionally taken the form of velvet monoliths, bristling with flashing, lurid bulbs. Windowless, unnatural and imbuing all that is fake in a quest to pursue a strange type of atavism or epitome of luxury, […]

Mar 05
Household energy saving improvements and tips

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Millions of people across Great Britain could benefit from making energy saving improvements to their homes and protect themselves against rising energy costs. Here is a short list of improvements that could be made to your home: LOFT INSULATION – Heat rises and it may be leaking into your loft. Insulating your loft, or topping up your existing […]

Mar 04
£7 billion opportunity ignored by 3 out of 4 Brits by not taking up solar power

Posted by in Blog, Infographics, Microgeneration, Statistics & Data, Suppliers & Service Providers, Survey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , |

A new survey found that “9% of households in the UK are considering installing solar” (IET survey). Let’s put that into perspective. 26.4 million households in the UK 2.4 million are considering solar (9% of 26.4 million) 10 million are suitable for solar (ICL research) So, 76% of suitable households are not even considering solar! […]

Mar 03
JELD-WEN launches first 3D how-to video

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JELD-WEN, the UK’s leading manufacturer of timber windows and doors, has boosted its online offering with the launch of a new series of ‘How-To’ videos, including the manufacturer’s first ever 3D video for installing Room Fold doors. The 3D video is the latest addition to JELD-WEN’s extensive online support, which offers unparalleled advice for trade […]

Mar 02
Sustainable Energy and Electromagnetic Field (EMF)

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Sustainability is the latest buzz word in building and business, and for good reasons. Awareness that “the sky is the limit” might not be completely healthy in the long run is becoming mainstream. Until now sustainability is mainly considered in regards to natural resources. Focus is on recycling and natural renewable energy. Another focus is […]

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 […]