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New project aims to understand and improve building performance

With a significant portion of our energy consumption being attributed to buildings, changing the way the buildings are currently designed, constructed and operates is going to be an essential part of reaching CO2 targets. That's why the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is launching a new... More >

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Trade body warns that health should be a priority over heating bills

Fuel poverty is a major problem for many people across the UK - and it's a particular issue in rural parts of the country where older people are living in poorly insulated homes.  Not only do these people suffer more in cold temperatures - but they are also more at risk from the health... More >

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Low-carbon workplaces provide long-term value

There's no doubt that sustainable buildings - with energy-saving measures like thermal wall insulation, high-quality glazing and low-energy lighting - can save money and carbon in the long term, and increasing numbers of investors are also realising that so-called "green real estate"... More >

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Zimbabwe eco-tourism turns to Scotland for inspiration

With their differences in climate and natural landscape, it might be difficult to think that Scotland and Zimbabwe would have much in common - but both countries realise the importance of having an eco-friendly tourism industry and Zimbabwe has turned to Scotland for inspiration and expertise. ... More >

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Housing association works to reduce its environmental impact

A housing association in Newent has started focussing on reducing its environmental impact.  Over the last six months, Two Rivers Housing has saved £4,000 and cut almost 15,000 kg of carbon through a project run by the University of Gloucestershire. The savings were achieved via a series... More >

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Brits are "increasingly concerned" about climate change

Despite being "increasingly concerned" about tackling climate change in the UK, it turns out that many Brits don't fully understand the sources of carbon emissions. That's according to a new poll from the WWF-UK, which found that more than one-third (37 per cent) of people belief... More >

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Winter deaths on the rise

The problem with excess winter deaths has been labelled a national scandal and campaigners will be disheartened to learn that it's a problem that may be getting worse, rather than better. According to recent research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an extra 4,400 people died in... More >

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India develops boobytrap-safe army/police boots using insulation materials

Insulation materials have a wide variety of applications, mostly in the building sector. In the few instances that insulation is used in other industries, its application tends to be highly innovative. Shoe manufacturers working on army commissions are one example here. Soldiers of any nation... More >

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Growth expected for global spray polyurethane foam market

The global spray polyurethane foam market is forecast to expand at a compounded annual growth rate of seven per cent in the years up to 2019, according to a recently released report by Transparency Market Research (TMR). The research firm predicts that by 2020, the global spray polyurethane foam... More >

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New energy efficiency scheme will damage fuel poverty targets

A new energy efficiency scheme announced by chancellor George Osborne last month has had a backlash from campaigners. Mr Osborne said that the scheme would help to cut an average of £30 a year from the bills of 24 million households. Citizens Advice has warned, however, that poorer households ... More >

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Insulation products with identical R-values can vary in performance

The different materials that are used in insulation products can have a profound impact upon their efficiency under different climate conditions. Experts say that two materials of the same R-value might result in varying performances. A recent article that appeared in Australia’s building... More >

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Badly insulated homes can be life-threatening, says charity

Homes that are badly insulated are not only a nuisance to their occupants; they’re life threateningly dangerous to the weak and the elderly. An exclusive report by the charity Age UK obtained by the Observer estimates that one person will die every seven minutes from the cold in the UK in the... More >

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What public funds are available to help bring down your energy bills?

Many UK households are entitled to support and advice to help reduce their energy and gas bills. In response to the repeated media reports about available public funds worth millions failing to reach the right people, we have compiled a list of the various help schemes currently around. Where... More >

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Private landlords renting out badly insulated homes face penalties in 2018

Recently published figures show that the majority of dwellings with low energy performance ratings are privately owned or homes rented in the private sector. The cold homes are twice as likely to be located in rural regions than urban areas. Commercial and residential landlords in England and Wales... More >

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Window shutters provide high levels of thermal insulation

People who are insulating their homes but are getting stuck with the windows now no longer need despair. Whereas glass has about the least potential in terms of insulating qualities, shutters do a lot better in their ability to control the amount of heat in a home. The thermal performance of French... More >

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Building sector needs to ramp up innovation

Innovation in the construction industry is rife and it seems like every week new materials are introduced. But a recent study shows that the speed of innovation within the sector is nowhere near it could be - and convincing architects and homeowners of the merits of new building materials presents... More >

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More than 50 per cent of all electricity generated on the grid is wasted

The environmental group Greenpeace has put out a report with figures revealing how much energy is wasted due to poor insulation and energy transmission lines. The organisation claims UK homes are the least energy-efficient in Europe. "We're wasting so much energy that we're borderline... More >

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Affordable housing numbers improve, but quality issues continue to plague the sector

What do you get when house building regulations sharpen up and the demand for affordable housing rises? Unfortunately, the answer might be: builders who deliver substandard properties that meet requirements on paper but are a downright nightmare to the people who live in them. Experts in the UK are... More >

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Insulation - not just for thermal efficiency

We all know that insulation is an important part of improving the thermal efficiency of your home - but it has other uses too. In particular, insulation plays an important part in the acoustics of a room. In recent years, developments in digital sound technology have advanced to such a degree that... More >

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Scottish government’s insulation support popular among population

Schemes by the UK government to promote better insulation in residences have varied in their popularity, but they're proving much more popular in Scotland. In fact, recent figures suggest that three in ten Scottish homes have taken up the offer of free impartial advice from the Home Energy... More >

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Low income earners could be missing out on free energy perks

People on low incomes are likely to miss out on free energy efficiency measures, according to executives at energy companies in the UK. Thousands of households, especially in the low income bracket, are missing out on free energy efficiency perks such as new boilers, because they are not aware... More >

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Low income earners could be missing out on free energy perks

People on low incomes are likely to miss out on free energy efficiency measures, according to executives at energy companies in the UK. Thousands of households, especially in the low income bracket, are missing out on free energy efficiency perks such as new boilers, because they are not aware... More >

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UK scores near bottom place in EU energy efficiency ranking

Recent research into energy efficiency across towns and cities in the EU revealed that the UK ranks 14th on fuel poverty, with a higher proportion of people struggling to pay their energy bills than any other European country assessed, except Slovenia and Ireland. The town of St Ives has the least... More >

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UK homes have low energy performance

Dilapidated buildings might be interesting when it comes to buying a home on the cheap, but people who go for this sort of thing will soon realise that unless they start out by making a few smart decisions at the fundamental level, they will end up owning a house that can be rather expensive in term... More >

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Energy Management Exhibition to focus in on commercial water market deregulation

The annual Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX) is on at ExCeL in London, running from from November 16th to 17th. The two-day conference, which usually generates a few news headlines, is organised in partnership with the Energy Managers Association (EMA), and will focus on important legislative... More >

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Insulating the foundations of existing houses

What does foundation insulation amount to? Many people wonder whether there is any point in going to extreme lengths to install foundation insulation after their house has been built. But the rationale behind insulating your home from the ground up, even if it is an old home, is compelling. The... More >

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