Government

May 11
The Cost of Green Construction

Posted by in Energy Efficiency, Government, Grants, Incentives & Schemes, Non Residential Property | Tagged , , , , , |

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

Posted by in Energy Efficiency, Experts, Government, Grants, Incentives & Schemes, Microgeneration | Tagged , , , |

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” […]

Apr 07
IET project to inform UK’s future electricity networks enters next phase

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has received funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) ‘the UK’s innovation agency’ for the second phase of its Power Networks Joint Vision (PNJV) project. The PNJV is calling for a ‘whole system’ approach to adapting Great Britain’s power grid for decarbonisation, with a ‘systems architect’ at the […]

Mar 25
Green Deal ‘doomed to failure’ because of cost and regulation

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The Government’s flagship Green Deal scheme is “doomed to failure”, according to a leading energy sector entrepreneur. Adam Mitchell, founder of national installer network Futureproof, says regulation, cost of finance plans and the lack of energy savings for homeowners meant that uptake was likely to remain poor. Mitchell’s comments follow the publication of the latest Government […]

Mar 24
Guidance: The Green Deal for social housing providers

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Social housing providers can participate in the Green Deal and help to improve housing stock for their tenants. The Green Deal helps you make energy-saving improvements, like insulation, to your social housing stock, keeping homes comfortable for your tenants. This scheme lets tenants pay for some or all of the improvements over time through their electricity bill. […]

Mar 21
Housing and government leaders pledge joint action on climate change and fuel poverty

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Leaders from the housing associations and local authorities of the Liverpool City Region today pledged closer working to address global climate change and fuel poverty. The pledge was signed at an event attended by over 100 representatives from twenty organisations at Liverpool Town Hall. Delegates heard about the work of the Viridis partnership to work […]

More than 500,000 British homes are warmer, greener and cheaper to heat

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517,000 households have been helped to improve their homes to make them more energy efficient through the Green Deal or Energy Company Obligation (ECO) since the schemes started last year. The Green Deal and ECO were introduced by the government to help people take control of their energy use and reduce their bills. By offering […]

Mar 11
Stockholm unveils ambitious BREEAM In-Use commitment

Posted by in Design Principles & Certifications, Education Buildings, Government, News, Non Residential Property | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 […]

Feb 18
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 11
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 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 […]

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 […]

Aug 06
Government poses four zero carbon routes for housebuilders

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Consultation also considers extending allowable solutions to non-residential sector The government is seeking industry views on whether allowable solutions – the planned routes to future zero carbon housebuilding – should be extended to non-domestic buildings. It poses the question in its consultation on allowable solutions, which sets out four proposed ways for housebuilders to meet […]

Jun 28
£15m fund for rural energy projects opens to applications

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Rural communities across England that aspire to generate their own clean green power are being offered a helping hand today with the launch of a £15 million Government fund. The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), which opens to applications today, is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility […]