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 […]

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 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 […]

Jan 20
Good Energy tops Which? customer satisfaction for third year running

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Consumer group Which? has awarded top slot in its annual energy company satisfaction survey to Good Energy for the third year in a row. The Which? survey covered customers’ views on customer service, value for money, accuracy and clarity of bills, complaints and energy saving – and Good Energy scored a 5 star rating in […]

Nov 30
Marks & Spencer first major company to sign up to the UNICEF carbon offset project

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Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project. This initiative will improve the health and lives of vulnerable children while cutting carbon emissions that cause climate change. • 40,000 Bangladeshi families to benefit • 150 new jobs to be created • Fuel efficient cook […]

Nov 15
Period Window Specialists Ventrolla: Year in review

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With 2014 just around the corner, David Greaves, Managing Director of Period Window Specialists Ventrolla, looks back on what has been an eventful year for this British business celebrating its 30th birthday. It has seen the company undertake significant investment including the upgrade of its manufacturing capability as well as taking steps to grow its […]

A clearer view on warmer homes, install secondary glazing

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With weather forecasters predicting a long, cold winter and another round of inflation-busting price hikes by energy companies, it seems hard-pressed UK households will be facing another testing few months. One guaranteed and highly cost effective way of keeping your home warm over the winter, as well as reducing bills, is by insulating windows using […]

Nov 14
As winter creeps up, Linden Homes has some tips for energy smart customers

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With research showing that new homes are up to six times more energy efficient than older second hand ones – it is no wonder more and more house hunters are opting for brand new. And with energy prices on the up, and numerous incentives to help curb the cost of moving, there has never been […]

Nov 08
BRE National Solar Centre is relocating to Eden Project

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BRE National Solar Centre will relocate its offices and create its first solar test site at the Eden Project in St Austell. BRE established the National Solar Centre in April this year, with support from the European Regional Development Fund*, to drive innovation, cost reduction and increased confidence in the photovoltaic (PV) marketplace through knowledge […]

Nov 04
BRE Innovation Park leads to major new opportunity for Scottish company in China

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Scottish company Applegreen homes has been invited to showcase its model ‘home for the future’ in China, after launching its innovative modular home solution on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig. During his trade mission to China, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, accompanied by BRE Director, Rufus Logan attended a ceremony in China this morning […]

Sep 25
New landmark development in Shanghai achieves BREEAM rating

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The new towers that form part of the Shanghai International Shipping Service Centre’s (SISSC) flagship marina development in China’s largest city have used BREEAM, the world’s foremost environmental assessment standard to demonstrate best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. The formal certificates were handed over on 25 September by UK Energy Secretary Ed […]

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
Uptake on the rise, but renewable energy potential still not met, say farmers

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More than three quarters of farmers don’t feel the potential for on-farm renewable energy is being met, according to new figures. The finding has come out of an exclusive survey thought to be the most comprehensive of its kind in the UK which involved gathering opinion on farm-based renewable energy from nearly 700 farmers across […]

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 […]

BRE Trust supports new research centre in Brazil

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Leading UK built environment charity the BRE Trust, will extend its operations in one of the world’s major emerging markets by opening a new research centre in Brazil within the University of Brasilia in the country’s capital. This week, BRE’s Chief Executive Dr Peter Bonfield, signed an agreement with University of Brasilia’s Chancellor for the […]

Jun 24
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 […]

Jun 11
Work begins on BRE refurbished house

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Scottish building contractor Cruden Building & Renewals will start work today on the BRE Refurbished House, one of ten demonstration homes being built on the BRE Innovation Park @ Ravenscraig that will be used to shape future housing in the country. Using historical design information and traditional materials, the builders will recreate a full-scale four-in-a-block […]

Jun 05
Desco celebrates special anniversary in milestone year

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Specialist mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy, Desco, is celebrating the second anniversary of the expansion of its offer into London and the South East. The company, which was established in Sunderland in 1998, has experienced a steady period of growth over the years, with offices in the north of England, the Middle East and Philippines. […]

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 […]

Jan 31
TIPS: New guide helps explain the Green Deal

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Businesses championing the UK Government’s Green Deal scheme can now take advantage of a new consumer guide produced by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies, which doubles as a great sales tool and bona fide reference when explaining to customers what the initiative involves, and how it will benefit them. Endorsed by the Energy […]