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Does improved efficiency lead to fewer tenants going into arrears?

A new study has been launched to find out if having a more energy efficient home leads to fewer tenants going into arrears. The research is being undertaken by Sustainable Homes, a company which provides sustainability consultancy and training services. According to the company, there is already a... More >

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Warmer Homes Scotland initiative launched

Last week, Nicola Sturgeon announced a new £224 million national drive to help thousands of Scots heat their homes. The new Warmer Homes Scotland initiative has been launched to help as many as 28,000 people stay warm and reduce fuel poverty over the next seven years. It will involve the... More >

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Efficiency project launched in Southampton

An energy efficiency project is set to cut energy costs for more than 1,500 homes. The £27 million citywide project is being delivered as a partnership between Southampton City Council and British Gas as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). It is a continuation of the recent... More >

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Academics suggest green home owners should get better mortgages

Energy academics at University College London (UCL) say those buying energy-efficient homes should get bigger and cheaper mortgages than if they had purchased a badly-insulated or draughty home. These experts believe they have uncovered an anomaly in the way banks assess a borrower's ability to... More >

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£5 million project in Paisley to reduce risk of fuel poverty

A £5 million project in Renfrewshire will improve the energy efficiency of hundreds of homes in Scotland and help tackle fuel poverty in the region. Work is already underway in Paisley, a town just south of Glasgow. The first phase will involve more than 700 homes in the Gallowhill... More >

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First NVQ Level 3 certificate in insulation awarded to former nursery nurse

The first ever NVQ Level 3 certificate in external wall insulation has been awarded to a former nursery nurse. Rachel Howarth has swapped careers and made history with her qualification from Salford City College. The skills and knowledge she has acquired through the programme should help her make... More >

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Homes in Solihull benefit from new thermal insulation.

A project in Solihull has resulted in warmer, more energy efficient, homes for thousands of residents. The £25 million scheme was a joint effort by Solihull Community Housing and British Gas as part of the Energy Companies Obligation. Over the course of two years, 30 high-rise... More >

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Refurbishment of second Newport tower block complete

Newport's three social housing tower blocks are going through an extensive refurbishment programme and work on the second building was completed earlier this month. Hillview Building, in the Gaer, now reaches the Welsh accepted standard, reports the South Wales Argus. And the building has... More >

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High-rise housing in West Bromwich transformed with thermal insulation

Four high-rise housing blocks on the Charlemont Farm estate in West Bromwich have received an £8 million facelift. Refurbishment work included installing new roofs, external wall insulation, windows and balcony doors, giving the properties a fresh appearance and improving their energy... More >

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Eco-homes constructed in Ealing

Last month, a project to build some much-needed affordable family homes was completed in Ealing. The west London properties have been constructed to very high standards, particularly in terms of energy efficiency, and the project was completed on time and within budget, an achievement... More >

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£35 million project transforms south Cambridgeshire

A £35 million housing project in the Fulbourn area of south Cambridgeshire has been completed, resulting in hundreds of families having new homes they can be proud of. The project, which has taken eight years to complete, was undertaken by Accent Nene housing association. In total, 159... More >

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Non-traditional properties to get external wall insulation

More than 1,000 non-traditional homes in Wrexham are due to be fitted out with new external wall insulation over the next four years. The project to upgrade the properties is part of Wrexham Housing's extensive works programme, which has been established in an effort to ensure all its... More >

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Energy efficiency could drive Scottish economy in the future

Improving the sustainability and energy efficiency of homes could be a boon for the Scottish economy - as well as the natural environment. That's according to a research paper recently published by the Scottish Green Party. It says that Scotland could create 200,000 jobs over the next 20... More >

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Zero-carbon homes "essential" for Scotland

Last month, chancellor George Osborne announced that the government was scrapping the 2016 target for all new homes to be zero-carbon. He said he was aiming to "reduce regulation" for builders, but critics say the move is likely to result in new houses with less thermal wall... More >

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Tenants in Hemel Hemstead can look forward to cheaper fuel bills this winter.

​The problem of fuel poverty is one that can be found in neighbourhoods across the UK and a number of projects are in progress to upgrade the existing housing stock to make them more energy efficient and reduce fuel bills. One such project was completed earlier this year in... More >

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Changing perceptions of energy efficiency

Following the announcement that the Green Deal is being scrapped, many people are wondering what the future holds for energy efficiency projects - and importantly, the funding they receive. One person who is working to find a solution is Steven Fawkes. Mr Fawkes is one of only six direct... More >

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Museum in Bristol gets energy-efficiency makeover

M Shed, a harbourside museum in Bristol has received an energy-efficiency makeover. The museum, which tells the story of Bristol through a combination of film, photographs, personal stories, quirky objects and interactive displays, expects that the improvements will save around £50,000 a... More >

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Charity publishes guide to help improve efficiency in the arts sector

Improving sustainability and energy efficiency is a goal for many businesses, both for economic reasons and social consciousness. And this is just as true for the arts sector as it is for other industries like housing and retail. That's why green charity Julie's Bicycle was established.... More >

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Norwich Theatre Royal awarded three-star energy rating

Norwich Theatre Royal has been awarded a three-star energy rating from green arts charity Julie's Bicycle. The accolade is the highest possible for creative business and demonstrates the theatre's commitment to energy efficiency and the environment. Assessors from Julie's Bicycle... More >

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Dundee announces £351 million in capital works

As much as £391 million could be invested in capital projects in Dundee over the next five years. That's according to a new report from the council, which details long-standing development plans and outlines what public money will be used to pay for the projects. It also unveils a number... More >

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£5 million fund will help the poorest households in Scotland make their homes warmer

Nearly 2,000 homes in Scotland will benefit from a £5 million fund to improve their energy efficiency, it has emerged.  That's according to housing minister Margaret Burgess who said last week that the money will be used to fund measures that will make it cheaper to keep homes... More >

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Government needs to encourage landlords to improve energy efficiency

The government needs to find a way to encourage landlords to value the importance of energy efficiency in the homes they manage. That's according to Easyroommate, a flat-sharing website. The firm recently carried out research, which found that 60 per cent of the 500 landlords surveyed... More >

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Warehouse sector - £75 million energy overspend

Improving energy efficiency with measures like installing thermal insulation and upgrading your boiler can be a great way for households to save money on their fuel bills. But it can also provide a number of benefits for businesses. A recent report from the Energy Efficiency Financing (EEF)... More >

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Thermal Modelling of Junctions - Third Party Accreditation

 The performance of Marmox Thermoblock in several common wall/floor junction details has been independently assessed and certified by the BRE.  Junctions incorporating the 100mm and 140mm wide block have been modelled by the BRE to provide a series of y values and temperature factors... More >

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London launches second Business Energy Challenge

The London Mayor's office has launched the second Business Energy Challenge. The annual event began last year and was set up to encourage private sector businesses to work harder to meet city-wide emissions targets. It also aims to celebrate organisations that have made the biggest... More >

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Environmentally friendly nursery opens at University of Aberdeen campus

A new nursery facility has opened at the University of Aberdeen, providing a place for the pre-school children of students and staff. The Rocking Horse Nursery has been been designed to showcase the university's commitment to providing a family-friendly campus community and it also... More >

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Social housing leads the way on energy efficiency

In a perfect world, all new-build homes would be constructed with the highest level of energy efficiency possible - including excellent thermal wall insulation, low-energy boilers and triple glazing. And, while there are some basic standards that all dwellings must conform with in order to be... More >

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Energy efficiency poses "severe challenges" for social housing

There are many reasons social landlords may be considering improving the energy efficiency of their properties. For one thing, new legislation means that within the next few years, landlords will no longer be able to let out properties with low energy efficiency ratings. In many cases, local... More >

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Climate Change Committee recommends increased energy efficiency investment

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is urging policy makers to prioritise investment in domestic energy efficiency for low-income households. They say the UK government must resource initiatives adequately in order to make homes warmer and healthier. This will help to bring down carbon emissions as... More >

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Energy saving is a 'top concern' according to research

The first phase of the EnerGAware project, which is looking into home energy usage and internet access, has been completed by DCH Housing and Plymouth University. Almost 400 people completed surveys and residents of varying ages also attended focus groups. All of those involved said they had a... More >

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