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Builders create wet room for young girl with rare genetic disorder

For many of us, a wet room is a luxurious option for a bathroom, making the space feel bright and airy and giving it a spa-like atmosphere. But a wet room design is also a practical choice for people with limited mobility. Recently, a family in Glasgow was treated to a new wet room by a... More >

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May 23-28th is Noise Action Awareness Week

We all need a bit of quiet time now and again, but in today's world full of traffic, mobile phones and piped-in music, it's sometimes hard to find a place that isn't full of noise. That's why Environmental Protection UK has coordinated Noise Action Week, providing an... More >

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Lincolnshire College building receives award

A building at Oxford University's Lincoln College has received a prestigious award for conservation, thanks to the excellent work carried out during refurbishment and expansion. The Berrow Foundation Building dates from 1906. Over the years, its Victorian design had lost many of unique details... More >

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Derbyshire leisure centre gets wetroom-style makeover for changing areas

Wet-room style facilities are ideal for locations where mobility and access are of concern. They're also a great choice for public areas where a modern, streamlined look is desired, along with providing facilities suitable for people who use wheelchairs. That's why, when West Park... More >

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Pub in Bargoed gets green light thanks to acoustic insulation

A large pub-restaurant in Wales has been given the go-ahead, despite concerns about noise bothering local residents. The venue, which will also host live music events, is situated on High Street in the centre of Bargoed, in a building that used to be bank chambers. In addition to the... More >

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Is a wet room the right choice for my property?

When it comes to stylish bathrooms, less is generally more. After all, a minimalist design provides a sense of space and functionality, while a lack of clutter creates a place where a person can start and end their day with a clear mind. With this in mind, it's no wonder the wet room... More >

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Passive house standard mandatory for new builds in Dublin council

Earlier this year, a local authority in Dublin passed a historic motion, requiring that all new buildings meet strict passive house standards or equivalent. As part of the county development plan for 2016-22, the new requirement will help to ensure that all new-build homes across the... More >

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Costa plans additional zero-energy shops in the future

Costa may best be known for its hot drinks, but it seems the Whitbread-owned cafe chain is also working to enhance its environmental credentials, with the firm recently confirming plans to open four more "zero-energy" shops in the next year. The news comes following a pilot of the... More >

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Axed Green Deal scheme did not achieve desired results

The UK's 27 million homes are responsible for more than a quarter of the country's energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions - so bringing down their energy use is essential for tackling climate change, as well as dealing with issues like energy security and fuel poverty. So it came as a... More >

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Firms work to create template for efficient older homes

Older homes - particularly those with solid wall construction - tend to be extremely energy inefficient, making them expensive to heat and putting residents at a higher risk of fuel poverty. While there are plenty of measures that can be taken to update heritage properties, such as... More >

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Scottish Conservatives call for £1 billion to be spent on warmer homes

The Scottish Conservative party has launched its manifesto for Holyrood and has called for £1 billion to be spent over the next five years to ensure every home in Scotland is warm. The manifesto proposes that spending on energy efficiency should rise to ten per cent of the... More >

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Efficient homes in Wales could get council tax discount

Improving a home's energy efficiency - through measures like solid insulation, draught-proofing and installing double glazing - can help households save a lot of money on their annual fuel bills. However, under new plans launched by the Welsh Liberal Democrats, those installing energy... More >

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Northern Ireland has worst record in the UK for fuel poverty

Northern Ireland is "bringing up the rear" on fuel poverty, according to Age Sector Platform. The charity, which aims to provide a strong unified voice for older people in Northern Ireland, said that fuel poverty had contributed 2,390 extra winter deaths over the lst four years. It... More >

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Lambeth residents take action against local government cuts

A group of Lambeth residents, including pensioners, tenants and supports, has taken action against local government cuts with a demonstration inside Brixton Tate library. The event, called "Get Warmed and Get informed" was called by Fuel Poverty Action,... More >

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Energy efficiency is a 'must-have' when selling a home

Whether you're planning on selling a house soon or sometime in the future, when it comes to home improvements, there are a number of projects that can help to increase the property's value and make it more attractive to potential buyers. But what improvements should you focus... More >

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New thermal insulation scheme for homes in Midlothian

In a bid to boost energy efficiency and reduce the impact of fuel poverty, a multi-million pound insulation scheme has been announced for homes in Midlothian. The £2.4 million energy efficiency programme will be rolled out by Melville Housing Association in the coming months. Hundreds of... More >

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Fuel poverty in Reading up 30 per cent

Fuel poverty is a problem across the country, and while it would be nice to think that some improvement is being made in reducing the impact of cold homes, the reality is that in many parts of the UK, the number of households in fuel poverty is actually on the rise. In Reading, fuel poverty levels... More >

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Complete house built in laboratory setting

There's no doubt that adding solid wall insulation to a home can make it more energy efficient and reduce fuel bills - but how much fuel is actually saved? Similarly, how much of a difference does it make to draught-proof a home, update the boiler or install double glazing? While all energy... More >

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Affordable housing development completed in Edinburgh

A new affordable housing development, which will be managed by Link, has been officially opened by the City of Edinburgh Council's vice convener for health, social care and housing, councillor Cammy Day. The £5 million construction at Balmwell Terrace comprises 43 new homes for both... More >

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Brighton family describes experience of fuel poverty

Fuel poverty, the condition of a household having fuel costs that are above average and, after paying fuel bills, having a residual income below the official poverty line, is a major problem in the UK. In the 2015 annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report, the government noted that the number of fuel... More >

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Survey shows regional differences in household energy bills

What do you do to try to bring down your monthly energy bill? There are many options to consider - from improving your thermal wall insulation, through to turning down the thermostat or shopping around for a better tariff. And, according to new research from NatWest, the method you choose may be... More >

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HEEPS scheme extended to housing associations

New funding will be available to social landlords for improving energy efficiency across their property portfolio. The Scottish Government has announced that from April 1st, housing associations will be given access to the Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS) loan scheme. Until... More >

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Energy efficiency installations drop following government cuts

One of the best ways to cut a home's energy use, bring down fuel bills and end fuel poverty is by making it more energy efficient - with measures such as thermal wall insulation and modern boilers. However, the number of UK households receiving government help to improve energy use has fallen... More >

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Dundee City Council announces £4 million investment increase

Dundee City Council has confirmed that funding for new-build council and housing association homes will increase by more than £4 million during the next financial year. That's thanks to additional resources for the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, which will provide £10.6m... More >

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Framework established to help tackle fuel poverty in Northern Ireland

In a bid to tackle the poverty and isolation issues that challenge rural communities in Northern Ireland, rural development minister Michelle O'Neil has announced a new framework that will focus on encouraging partnerships and developing solutions. The new TRPSI (tackling rural poverty and... More >

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Easy ways to bring heating bills down

During the cold winter months, heating bills across the country start going up - and many people can't afford the increased costs. Even for those who can, the idea of sending more money off to the energy companies is still undesirable. So what can you do to reduce your heating bill, cut your... More >

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Energy efficiency saves landlords money

It's easy to see why many landlords may not be particularly interested in improving a rental property's energy efficiency. After all, the improvements will cost the landlord quite a bit of money, but all the savings will be passed on to the tenants. However, energy efficiency can... More >

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CHINESE TILEBACKER BOARDS FOUND TO CONTAIN BANNED SUBSTANCES

CHINESE TILEBACKER BOARDS FOUND TO CONTAIN BANNED SUBSTANCES   A range of Chinese manufactured tilebacker boards and wetroom shower trays are under investigation by the Environment Agency after it was found that they have been manufactured using banned substances. The products look... More >

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Affordable homes should be low carbon

Energy efficiency measures like thermal wall insulation and draught proofing can make a big difference to homeowners and the wider community. Not only do they help to cut a household's carbon footprint, but they can also keep energy bills down. Recently, opposition peers pressed the... More >

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Changes in government energy policy add £120 to household bills

Since the last election, the UK government has made some major changes to its energy policy and these changes may have added as much as £120 a year to home energy bills. That's according to a parliamentary report from the energy and climate change committee. It argues that future domestic... More >

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