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Study to show that energy efficient homes are worth more

A study has been set up to access how the energy efficiency measures installed in a home can affect the valuation of a property. The research, which began in March, will cover Europe could change the way housing markets value low-carbon homes. It has received €1.8 million... More >

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Global thermal insulation market expected on the rise

Recent technological advances have helped to improve attributes like fire retardancy and recyclability of thermal insulation. And thanks to these product developments, the global thermal insulation market has seen an increase of customer confidence. Recent figures from market research firm Frost... More >

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The UK's first energy-positive house opens in Wales

A team from Cardiff University has designed and built the UK's first purpose-built energy-positive house. The low-cost energy smart house is capable of exporting more energy to the national grid than it uses. It is hoped that the home will set an example as the UK government works towards... More >

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Edinburgh blocks receive new insulation

In a bid to update its social housing and bring the homes up to Scottish Quality Housing standards by the end of 2015, Edinburgh Council is working through a programme to add insulation to its stock of high rise flats. The council has a number of high rise blocks, many of which were built in... More >

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Abseilers used to insulate properties in Barking and Dagenham

Some insulation projects are trickier than others - and one recent project required a team of abseilers had to be used to get the properties' thermal performance up to an adequate level. Some 37 tower blocks in London are currently undergoing energy efficiency refits, including... More >

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Homes in Ely get efficiency upgrade

A £1 million project to refurbish more than 100 properties in Ely is progressing and is expected to bring a variety of improvements, including cost savings on energy bills, to residents. In total, 121 homes in New Barns Avenue are getting refurbishments, including exterior thermal... More >

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Scottish HEEPS programme invests £5 million on energy efficiency

The Scottish government has invested £5 million towards the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS). The scheme, which sets out to assist some of the nation's poorest households, will help provide funding for thermal insulation and other energy efficiency measures.... More >

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Wrexham Council invests £38 million to improve homes

The social housing stock in Wrexham Council is set to get an upgrade thanks to a £38 million spending programme that was agreed for 2015 to 2018. For the 2014/15 year, the council secured £33.91 million. Next year's £38 million includes an increase of more than £4... More >

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External wall insulation used for social housing in Falkirk

In a bid to improve social housing stock and alleviate some of the causes and affects of poverty of tenants, Falkirk Council has undertaken a programme of works to improve the energy efficiency of its properties. This includes the addition of external wall insulation to reduce fuel poverty and... More >

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Green Deal scheme axed

The Green Deal energy scheme has officially been scrapped. On Thursday (July 23rd), the government pulled the plug on its flagship energy efficiency programme, saying the scheme was significantly under subscribed. Funding has been pulled and there will be an investigation into alleged... More >

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200 businesses urge Osborne to re-think zero carbon homes policy

More than 200 UK businesses have come together to urge George Osborne to re-think the government's U-turn over its zero carbon homes policy. In his "Fixing Foundations" plan, the chancellor has put an end to the policy, which was designed to ensure that all new homes built... More >

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Government funding for home energy efficiency projects to be cut

Homeowners and landlords should start making the most of government-backed funding for home efficiency projects as soon as possible - because the schemes may not be around for much longer. Following last week's budget, officials have started to draw up plans to cut the funding for household... More >

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Quorn demonstrates is sustainability credentials

Quorn, a brand known for its range of vegetarian foods including frozen meat-free burgers and sausages has recently secured a Carbon Trust certification. To earn the certification, the company had to demonstrate that it had delivered significant and consistent reductions to its carbon... More >

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Review finds government energy efficiency off track

The government's domestic energy efficiency initiative was established to fit green improvements to domestic properties across the country. Its target was to install measures such as thermal insulation and efficient boilers in one million homes by March this year with the help of the Green... More >

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National Museums Scotland opens new storage and research facility

National Museums Scotland has opened a new facility in Granton.  The new state-of-the-art building will house collections, research, access and storage facilities and contain more than ten million objects. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP opened the facility. She said: It's... More >

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Insulation: it's not just for winter

It's summer - a time for barbecues, trips to the seaside and... thermal insulation? With the sunshine, long days and dry weather, you could certainly be forgiven for allowing the thermal efficiency of your property to slip your mind. But, it won't be long until the mercury starts to drop... More >

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Understanding your property's thermal envelope

One of the major problems in old homes, as well as newly constructed properties is that they have a poor thermal envelope. That's according to Aurimas Sabulis, managing director of Intus Windows, a company that manufactures energy efficient windows. Mr Sabulis says that for maximum comfort... More >

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24 energy-efficient homes built in North Kesteven

In the East Midlands, two dozen new affordable homes have been added to North Kesteven's growing housing stock. The properties have been constructed as part of the local council's plan to deal with a housing shortage by building 500 new homes over a decade. Council tenants are already... More >

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​UK at risk of missing EU renewable energy target

​​The UK, along with all 28 EU member-states, signed a legally binding agreement in 2009 to transform their power consumption, with the aim of having 20 per cent of all energy come from renewable sources by 2020. However, several nations are not on track to achieve this goal, including France,... More >

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Govt make energy efficiency improvements National Infrastructure Priority

Reducing energy bills and fighting fuel poverty has been made a National Infrastructure Priority by the Scottish government.  Climate change minister for the Scottish Parliament Aileen McLeod said that improving the energy efficiency of the nation's housing stock has been designated as... More >

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Home energy efficiency 'most cost effective way of keeping bills low'

The UK Green Building Council has emphasised just how beneficial it is to the nation as a whole to reduce carbon emissions by improving energy efficiency in homes up and down the country.  Heating insulation, solid wall insulation, and basement insulation are just some of the installations... More >

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Edinburgh plans UK's largest community-owned renewable project

Edinburgh Council has unveiled plans for the installation of community-owned solar panels on buildings across the Scottish capital.  Believed to be the largest community-owned urban renewable energy project in the UK, the project will see public buildings such as schools, leisure and community... More >

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Make home insulation mandatory, IME urges

Insulation should be made mandatory for every home in the UK, according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME). The body's latest report calls for legislation to be introduced that would mean the energy efficiency of the country's housing stock would be dramatically... More >

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Retrofit programme to provide insulation for Walsall homes

More homes in the West Midlands town of Walsall will soon see the benefit of insulation and other energy efficiency measures thanks to a new project from one of the region's biggest housing and social care organisations. The Accord Group is launching the Retrofit scheme, which will deliver a... More >

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£5m scheme to deliver energy efficiency measures in Scotland

The Scottish government has announced details of a 2015-16 funding scheme designed to help the country's poorest households stay warm and insulated. Housing associations and local authority landlords will have access to a pot of £5 million to help cover the cost of measures such as solid... More >

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Report calls for new action on energy efficiency in social homes

The speed of progress in making social housing more energy efficient has slowed, partly because of cutbacks in how much energy companies contribute to improvement works, according to research. After evaluating the environmental performance of 66 social landlords, consultancy and training provider... More >

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Fuel poverty campaigners take protest to British Gas

A group of protesters this week took their message about the impact of fuel poverty on some of Britain's most vulnerable citizens to British Gas, staging a demonstration outside the energy giant's offices in Oxford. Nine campaigners, who were representing the Reclaim the Power group,... More >

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Top tips for loft conversions

Are you putting your loft to good use? For homeowners, lofts can be valuable spaces that provide room for storage - or they can even be transformed into additional living space like an extra bedroom or home office. If you're planning to sell the property, this could be an added benefit for... More >

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£28 million investment to reduce fuel bills in Perth and Kinross

In Perth and Kinross Council, thousands of households in fuel poverty are benefiting from a £28 million investment to make their homes cheaper to heat. More than 2,400 council houses have had their central heating systems upgraded - in most cases these projects included... More >

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How will the new government affect energy bills and efficiency measures?

Since the general election, it has been clear that changes to the UK's energy policy are on the horizon. Conservative Amber Rudd replaced Liberal Democrat Ed Davey as energy secretary and the shake-up will probably have an effect on everything from how much... More >

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