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Good home insulation 'worth over £600 a year off energy bills'

It is generally well understood that the more and better quality insulation a home has, the greater the savings on energy bills, as less of the heat generated to keep a property warm in winter will leave via the roof and walls.  Just how much benefit, however, may not always be appreciated.... More >

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Underfloor heating study reveals huge benefits in older homes

Last week, the government published its long-awaited Clean Growth strategy, which looked at various ways of reducing carbon emissions across the life and economy of the UK. This included homes, which account for 13 per cent of total emissions. While much of the focus was, and has been, on... More >

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Huge surge in basement planning applications

The UK's shortage of housing is not just frustrating those who want to get on the property ladder, but also ensuring that the majority of homeowners are not living in the kind of house they really want. To try to correct this, many people are aiming low. According to a Halifax survey, only 22... More >

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BREEAM backing boost adds to insulation awards credibility

This November will see the first ever National Insulation Awards (NIA) ceremony and like any other new event, the first year might be expected to be a fairly humble one, a minor event that will grow in importance over time. However, it seems the event will do much better than that, as it has shown... More >

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Castle set for new role as spa attraction

A castle in Staffordshire has been put up for sale, with the historic building set to take on a new role as a wellbeing centre. Caverswall Castle is a Grade 1 listed property in the Staffordshire Moorlands, six miles from Stoke-on-Trent. With extensive grounds and a moat, it is an attractive... More >

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Leeds mills set for transformation into apartments

Leeds may not have quite led the way in the building of new apartments across Britain, but it is certainly one of the busier cities in this sector of the housebuilding industry.   Like Manchester and London, many of Leeds’ new apartments are sleek steel and glass towers, with the... More >

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Former shipping offices transformed into a hotel

At any time, a number of buildings might be undergoing a significant transformation as they are given a makeover and transformed for a new use.    Whether it is a former factory or mill, warehouse or offices, many buildings with considerable history and heritage are being revamped and... More >

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Former factory set for sweetest of conversions

For many years, Rowntree and the city of York were synonymous, a sweet maker whose influence was such that local football side York City even briefly switched to a chocolate-and-cream striped kit in the 1930s in tribute. But times have changed.   Rowntree was subsequently taken over by Nestle... More >

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Refurbishment to help maintain heritage

There is nothing worse than seeing an historic old building being left idle to slowly decay and crumble. In the years after the second world war, many buildings of the kind that National Lottery cash would rescue nowadays fell into ruin. This long list of country houses includes historic places... More >

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Plans unveiled for revamp of central Manchester building

Plans for the long-awaited revamp of the former London Road Fire Station building in central Manchester have been published by developer Allied London. It wants to transform the Grade II-listed building with a major refurbishment plan that will include a new boutique hotel and spa in a newly-built... More >

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Expert appointed to speed up construction

Demand for home insulation and cellar waterproofing work could soon soar if the appointment of a housing expert to a key role in the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) leads to the hoped-for increase in new building. The government has appointed former director of growth and partnerships at Barratt... More >

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​TfL ​plans refurbishment of Tube station

A major refurbishment of a London underground station - which may include substantial work to fit new insulation and waterproofing - is being planned by Transport for London (TfL). The project will see a major revamp of South Kensington Station, which is served by the Circle, District and... More >

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Report outlines huge insulation challenge

The UK has taken some steps to improve the amount of insulation in homes, but the country is still well behind where it needs to be if it is to meet its carbon emissions targets by 2050. A report delivered to Parliament by the Green Building Council (GBC) has noted that four out of every five homes... More >

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UK house building continues to rise

With modern energy performance legislation being what it is, new-build homes in Britain need to be well-insulated. That means any increase in the number being built is good news for the insulation industry, as each new home means a new insulation fitting job. Since the recession of 2008-09 and the... More >

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Waterproofing potential for flood resilience shown in new house

A home has been designed with a number of special features designed to show how effective waterproofing can be in making a home resilient against flooding. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has built what it has described as a 'resilient house', a prototype designed to show how a... More >

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A repair job fit for a Queen

When it comes to fitting insulation, fixing boilers, mending pipes and replacing old wiring, there are plumbers, electricians and other tradespersons carrying out such work every day. But one upcoming job will be rather different. A large home in London has not had its pipes, heating or electrical... 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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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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Top 5 hassle-free ways to keep your home warm

January has never been known for its warm weather, and this year is certainly not proving to be the exception to this rule. With the temperature regularly dropping below zero, it's around this time of year that we all rely on our heating to stay comfortable in our homes. However, even the best... More >

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Constructing zero-carbon buildings requires a 'holistic' approach

According to the EU energy performance of building directive, all new public buildings must be constructed with a near zero-energy consumption target by the end of 2018. All new buildings must meet this standard by 2020.   While this is an admirable aim, achieving it requires some careful... More >

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UK's 40 largest shopping centres consume more than £40 million in energy

The retail sector is typically inefficient when it comes to energy consumption and official figures show the 40 largest shopping centres in the UK consume more than £40 million in energy per annum.   Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important, as government legislation is... More >

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Is the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund about to return?

Homeowners looking to add energy-efficient improvements to their property have received a boost, with one of the government's flagship subsidy schemes set to be reintroduced. Energy secretary Ed Davey announced at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow yesterday (October 7th) that the... More >

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An energy-efficient future?

When it comes to investing in energy-saving measures, half the battle is figuring out whether or not the expenditure will actually pay off over the years. It's something that can often be hard to judge in real terms. While we often hear how X home improvement will save Y amount from your energy... More >

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Lack of supply not interest is holding the Green Deal back, claims Ed Davey

A lack of suppliers rather than low demand is holding back the Green Deal, claims energy secretary Ed Davey. It was recently announced that just 245 homeowners have signed up to the government's flagship energy efficiency scheme despite more than 44,000 having assessments carried out. A joint... More >

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Energy bills pushed up by green taxes

A new report has claimed green taxes are adding extra money on to the energy bills paid by members of the public. Research carried out by the Taxpayers' Alliance shows government subsidies for green energy sources like wind turbines are forcing up energy bills. It was claimed by the body that... More >

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What are the benefits of under floor heating?

Although July may have arrived with more of a fizzle than a bang, the weather experts are promising that the temperatures should be on the rise any day now. That means we can plan for summer activities like barbeques, trips to the seaside and maybe even some home renovation.   That last one... More >

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Under floor heating is the most common feature in high-spec homes

According to new research, under floor heating, along with granite work surfaces and ceiling speakers, are must haves for modern kitchens.   Insurance company Aviva carried out the analysis, which examined more than five million homes for sale in the UK.   The results revealed that some... More >

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UK has EU's highest rate of energy inflation

Energy inflation is higher in the UK than any other country in the European Union (EU), according to a new report. Research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that energy bills have risen by an average of 2.2 per cent in the UK during the past 12... More >

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£1.6m insulation project progressing well

Work to install insulation at more than 100 homes in Watford has gotten underway this month. The £1.6 million project is part of a joint operation run by Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, Watford Community Housing Trust and National Energy Action. Dorothy Thornhill,... More >

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Renewables could save families £1,600 says Greenpeace

A complete reliance on renewable energy sources would save the average British family £1,600, Greenpeace has claimed. The environmental charity believes the UK must switch from burning fossil fuels to sources such as wind and solar power in order to stop consumers being hit with... More >

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