Energy Efficiency

May 11
The Sustainable Workplace – what do Occupiers want?

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Rebecca Pearce, our EMEA Head of Sustainability explains that occupiers are now becoming more sophisticated about their approach to sustainability. Sustainability is more important than ever for the built environment. The pace of new legislation is increasing, prompted by public debate, scientific evidence and gatherings such as the critical UN Climate Change Conference in Paris […]

The Cost of Green Construction

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What impact does cost have on decisions about sustainability? Andrew Smith, Director in our Cost Consultancy team examines the cost of going green and looks at the incentives. Almost every part of a new building can be designed and built more sustainably, but there is, more often than not, a cost premium of doing so. […]

Apr 02
Going Green is Getting Easier

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In the last decade numerous programs have been rolled out to make green home ownership a reality instead of a pipe dream. The debate of over need and viability has been finished for years and real steps have been taken to transition from concepts and ideals to plans and implementation. Now instead of “artist’s concept” […]

Fix up your garden – the green way

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You’ve got mega plans for your garden. Water features, lavish lawns, major renovations and remarkable reworkings – but can you make your improvements a green dream? Indeed, keeping your carbon footprint low while renovating your home can be a major struggle. But it can, and must, be done. Global warming, if eco-warriors like Naomi Klein […]

Jan 10
Shades Of Green – What Makes a Green Home?

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There is a lot of debate about what qualifies as a green home. While some would say if a house has a wind turbine or a few solar panels to supplement the energy used with natural renewable energy then it is a green home others might argue that even lacking any renewable energy sources a […]

Jul 01
Retrofitting Your Home Green

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Just because you are looking at a vintage home rather than a brand new home built with the latest sustainable building technologies and green additions does not mean you cannot have a home that showcases the latest energy efficiencies and green designs. In fact, since it is not practical to think that the entire architectural […]

Apr 01
PassivSystems: Intention to float on AIM

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PassivSystems, a provider of intelligent connected energy services for residential homes and for optimising solar PV assets, today announces its intention to seek admission of the shares of a newly formed holding company, to be named PassivSystems Group PLC, to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. Dealings are expected to commence […]

Mar 26
Low Carbon project celebrated at Westminster

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Employers investing in skills and training within the low carbon market were last night celebrated at a reception in Parliament. The Green Skills Alliance (GSA), made up of Asset Skills, ConstructionSkills and SummitSkills, held the event to mark the culmination of a two year programme to develop infrastructure to support employers involved in the energy […]

Mar 24
Scottish laird takes delivery of Ecoease secondary glazing panels

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Simon, owner of the the A-Listed Craufurdland Castle based near Kilmarnock in Ayreshire, took delivery of a number of Ecoease secondary glazing panels in late 2013 and they are already proving their worth and paying their way. It’s no easy task draught proofing an 800 year old Scottish castle but incumbent Laird Simon Craufurd believes […]

Mar 10
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 […]

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 […]

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 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) […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

Jul 14
Energy saving measures boost house prices

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Making energy saving improvements to your property could increase its value by 14 per cent on average – and up to 38 per cent in some parts of England – new research released today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals. For an average home in the country, improving its EPC (Energy […]

Jun 24
Desco embarks on innovative new project with Rathfinny Estate

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Award-winning mechanical and electrical building services engineering consultancy, Desco, has started work on the development of a specialist accommodation project at England’s largest and most environmentally friendly winery, the Rathfinny Estate. As work on the 1,200 ton winery in the South Downs moves further forward, the estate is preparing to welcome the first round of […]

Pioneering ReallySmartHouse Reduces Carbon Emissions in Social Housing and Empowers SMEs

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Free workshops will inform and educate on cutting-edge sustainability techniques and technologies ReallySmartHouse, a pioneering and award-winning project aiming to stimulate low-carbon economic growth, has announced a series of free-to-attend workshops on a variety of sustainability topics for built-environment SMEs in the East of England. With the aim of reducing carbon emissions from new and […]

Mar 20
Pioneering national switching initiative results in energy saving of £282,000 on annual bills in the UK

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UK Together announces results of its first nationwide collective energy saving buying initiative. Over 3,700 switches to better deals and UK savings of £282,000 on annual energy bills. The first round of UK Together, the national collective switching initiative, closed at midnight this Sunday, March 17, with thousands of members saving hundreds of pounds on […]