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UK among world's most efficient countries

A report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has recently been released, ranking countries on their energy efficiency. The UK was ranked in the number five position, indicating that it's one of the world's most energy efficiency countries. The 23 countries... More >

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Experts call for higher quality housing

The Academic-Practioner Partnership has recently published a paper highlighting the "one-sided" approach to housing policy. This paper, which was prepared by an informal partnership of academics, housing and regeneration practitioners and housing and health researchers... More >

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Challenge of sustainable and affordable homes "one of the biggest of our age"

With buildings accounting for more than one-third (37 per cent) of the UK's total greenhouse gas emissions, focussing on bringing down the energy use of homes and commercial space could help us to reach long-term carbon targets. But there are other issues for those in the building and housing... More >

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Developers urged to take responsibility over energy efficiency

Developers are being urged to take responsibility for making homes more energy efficient. This comes after a committee of MPs said the government has not done enough to make housing greener. London-based developer HUB specialising in mid-market housing says that the property industry needs to be... More >

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8 things to think about when considering underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is an increasingly popular choice for many homeowners and property developers - especially in bathrooms and wetrooms. But why is underfloor heating the preferred option and what do you need to know before you choose this option?  1. Aesthetics If you're trying to... More >

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Energy consultation 'empowers' housing associations

The current Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a scheme that requires energy companies to fund efficiency projects, such as the installation of solid wall insulation in communities. The current version of the ECO is scheduled to end in March 2017 and a replacement scheme - which... More >

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Hotel in Guernsey gets makeover

The La Collinette Hotel in St Peter Port Guernsey has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment project, which upgraded the restaurant, bar and swimming pool areas. Works in the restaurant, which has seating for 40 people, included the installation of new underfloor heating. The new heating... More >

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Celebrity style inspiration for your wetroom

A wetroom can be a practical addition to any home. It offers easy access for those with decreased mobility, plus it's easier to clean and can save space in more modest-sized bathrooms. But it's not just a functional addition to your property - a wetroom can also bring a touch of... More >

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Local authority energy efficiency projects helping to reduce fuel poverty

There seems to be more and more emphasis on saving energy and creating low-carbon homes - but achieving those aims can be difficult when support from the government is diminishing. Homes are responsible for around a quarter of the world's energy demand and this is a major concern in the UK,... More >

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New-build housing in Fife 'taking shape'

As part of Fife Council's Affordable Housing programme, the local authority has been working on a number of projects to increase the number of low-cost homes across the region. Recently, Councillor Judy Hamilton, Fife Council's executive spokesperson for housing and building services... More >

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Somersham Victory Hall to get acoustic makeover

Community halls are wonderful facilities for a local area, providing a place for clubs and other groups to meet up and spend time. Unfortunately, many of these old buildings are falling into disrepair and are not suitable for purpose anymore - meaning the groups that use them need to find other... More >

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More action required to make homes and buildings energy efficient

There's an increasing focus on bringing down energy use and carbon footprints - this is great news for the environment, but some experts believe that more needs to be done to decrease the amount of energy it takes to run a home. This is especially true in the winter, as a significant... More >

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How to deal with airplane noise

Heading to the airport can often mean the beginning of a great adventure - a holiday to an exotic destination with sunshine, delicious foods and the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. But as your flight is taking off for your dream getaway, the rumbling of the jet... More >

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What are the top trends in bathroom design?

If you're looking to add a sense of luxury to a home, there are plenty of options to consider - but one room that's sometimes forgotten in the upgrade process is the bathroom. Bathrooms may be practical spaces in the home, but they're also a great place to add high-end touches. After... More >

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How to create an accessible bathroom

When planning a new bathroom, most people spend their time selecting the right tiles and bathroom furniture - but accessibility is another important consideration. There are many reasons a household may need an accessible loo and homeowners can plan a bathroom remodel to suit the specific needs of... More >

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7 reasons why you shouldn't skimp on thermal insulation

When you're trying to build or refurbish a home on a budget, there are numerous opportunities to cut costs. For example, you could select cheaper floor coverings and avoid the premium paints. But one place where you shouldn't skimp is on the thermal insulation. The Energy Saving Trust... More >

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Noise complaints for music venue in Leytonstone

A music venue in Leytonstone may need to look into installing acoustic insulation, following a noise complaint. Recently, the Luna Lounge in Church Lane was visited by a council officer after the complaint was made. A Noise Abatement Notice was issued, requiring the venue to restrict its music. Two... More >

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Manchester Town Hall refurbishments could cost more than £400 million

A major project to repair and refurbish Manchester Town Hall and nearby Albert Square could cost between £250 million and £400 million. That's according to a recent council report, which took into account survey work that has been conducted since December 2014. The building,... More >

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What does the end of DECC mean for energy efficiency?

There have been plenty of surprises since Theresa May became prime minister on July 11th - and one of those was the shock announcement that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was to be axed and merged into an expanded business department. Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, has... More >

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330 homes in Derbyshire get efficiency retrofit

A project to improve the energy efficiency of 330 social houses in North East Derbyshire has helped residents save money on energy bills and reduce their carbon emissions. The regeneration work, which was carried out between June 2015 and January, included the installation of thermal wall... More >

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