Grants, Incentives & Schemes

May 11
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” […]

Apr 14
Step away from the Gas!

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Thinking of Installing Renewable Heat Technology into your home – what should you consider? Energy prices continue to rise inexorably, and we’re all feeling the pinch. The introduction of the latest renewable energy tariff, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), is designed to help more of us move away from traditional fuels – and prove that […]

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
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 18
Expert offer regarding forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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With the Government’s previously delayed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheduled for announcement in the coming weeks, please contact Richard Hiblen, a renewable energy expert with more than 14 years’ experience, for more information. Green Square can offer not only their opinion on the long awaited announcement and what it means to homeowners and small businesses […]

Mar 17
PassivSystems partners with Good Energy to offer a new FIT app

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PassivSystems Limited, a provider of smart technology systems for domestic energy use and solar PV efficiency management, today announces that it is to partner with Good Energy, the renewable electricity company, to provide its customers with a simpler way of claiming Feed-in Tariff (“FIT”) payments for the electricity generated from solar panels installed on their […]

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 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 […]

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 04
Green Deal Code of Practice

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This code of practice is issued by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change under regulation 10 of the Framework Regulations and sets out requirements for those persons acting as Green Deal Providers, Green Deal Assessors, or Green Deal Installers, or Certification Bodies. It substitutes and revokes the Green Deal code of practice […]

Jul 24
BRE launches new scheme to help product manufacturers reach new markets

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BRE has launched a new Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification scheme allowing product manufacturers to communicate their sustainability credentials to customers. A world leader in certifying sustainable products, BRE has launched the scheme to offer a comprehensive package of services in line with the new EN 15804 standard to help product manufacturer to access European […]

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 […]

Jul 01
npower offers free boilers nationwide under Government scheme

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npower today announced it will be offering free boilers to select UK households under the Government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO). From 1 July, UK residents who own their own home, or rent it from a private landlord, could be eligible to receive a brand new energy efficient boiler from npower. The scheme is available […]

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 […]

Jun 26
Help shape the future of sustainable refurbishment

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BRE launched a new founding member’s initiative for users of the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in Manchester yesterday. Introduced in 2012, BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Scheme provides a robust design and assessment method for refurbishment projects, helping to cost effectively improve the sustainability and environmental performance of existing dwellings. […]

Jun 25
Code for Sustainable Homes Awards recognises green housing pioneers

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St Edmunds Developments was one of nine organisations awarded for their efforts in delivering homes under the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) scheme at a BRE event in Westminster yesterday. The developer built the 100,000 home to the Code which when introduced in 2007 challenged the sector to design and build with significantly lower […]

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 […]