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Under floor heating planned for new school

A new school being built in Newport is set to feature state-of-the-art technology such as under floor heating and automatic sensors. The South Wales Argus reports that a group of year seven pupils from Hartridge High were given a tour of the construction site along with their headteacher Peter... More >

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Beware pushy wall insulation salesmen, residents warned

Residents in Merseyside have been warned to be vigilant when it comes to door-to-door salesman trying to sell cavity wall insulation. The St Helens Star reports how the local council is advising people to be wary before signing up to any services from cold callers. "Anyone thinking of having... More >

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Eco-home nominated for RIBA award

A home in West Yorkshire has been nominated for a design award thanks to its high-tech heating insulation. The five-bedroom property known as Apple Hayes has been nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects' Stirling Prize in the regional finals, the Ilkley Gazette reports. Ilkley... More >

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EST to become a social enterprise

The Energy Saving Trust is hoping to secure charitable status after being commissioned to deliver £8 million's worth of eco homes. Over the course of three years, the body will retrofit social housing in the south-west under a project backed by the European Regional Development Fund. This... More >

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Heating insulation helps warm homes

Residents living in more than 100 homes in Moss Bank have seen their properties receive upgrades in heating insulation. The St Helens Star reports that housing association Helena Homes commissioned contractor Forest to carry out a number of eco-friendly renovations. A range of cutting-edge... More >

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Court orders landlord to install heating insulation

A landlord has been ordered to improve thermal insulation and install central heating at a property in Staffordshire. The Sentinel reports how Stoke-on-Trent City Council won a tribunal that forced Barbra Mountford to carry out the renovations to her rented home. Pensioner Lessie Willott has been... More >

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Beware bogus heating insulation traders, police warn

Police have issued a warning about bogus heating insulation installers who have been knocking on doors in South Petherton. The Chard and Ilminster News spoke to PCSO Rachael Napper, who explained how there have been reports of an increase in the number of suspicious people calling at properties in... More >

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Fuel poverty 'a huge problem'

Homeowners looking to invest in heating insulation may be interested to hear one expert's comments on the problem of fuel poverty. Speaking in a podcast for the British Medical Journal, professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London Michael Marmot explained how... More >

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Chris Huhne announces energy saving plan

Secretary of state for energy and climate change Chris Huhne has announced that the government plans to set an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gases. Speaking in parliament, the minister explained that the UK will sign up to the Fourth Carbon Budget with a view to lower emissions by 50 per... More >

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Ground source pumps 'provide low-cost under floor heating'

Individuals looking to install under floor heating throughout their home may want to consider also fitting a ground source heat pump. Tim Abbey told Plumbing Park how the device has helped to considerably reduce energy bills at his six-bedroom property. "When we were planning the new home, we... More >

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External wall insulation planned for tower blocks

Grants from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be used to help bring external wall insulation to tower blocks in Blacon. The Chester Standard reports how three buildings in the area and three in the city centre will benefit from the renovations as part of a £3.5 million... More >

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Could under floor heating boost a home's value?

Homeowners may want to install under floor heating in their property after one expert claimed renovations could boost the sale value. Anna-Marie DeSouza, editor at Build It magazine, described how investing in a home is a "highly profitable manoeuvre under various circumstances". She... More >

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Install insulation 'ready for another cold winter'

Homeowners should consider installing heating insulations in preparation for winter 2011. This is according to Lichfield District Council, which has advised individuals to start planning ahead for another potentially cold end to the year. It was suggested that by taking advantage of a new scheme... More >

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Sustainable measures 'save tenant £1,000 a year'

A property in Heywood has been transformed into an energy-efficient home in the hope it will inspire sustainable redevelopment. Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale and renewable energy specialists AlternEnergy worked together to install a variety of eco-friendly measures including heating insulation... More >

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Green tourism award for museum

Initiatives such as heating insulation have helped Wandsworth Museum receive a Green Tourism award. The Wandsworth Guardian reports how the institution's approach to sustainability has been recognised by the Green Tourist Business Scheme. A series of eco-friendly renovations have been carried... More >

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Under floor heating 'more efficient than radiators'

Installing under floor heating is a more energy-efficient way to warm a home, it has been claimed. In an interview with Get Hampshire, Restoration Man's George Clarke gave property owners advice on the best ways to make a home green. Compared with traditional radiators, under floor heating... More >

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'Hire a professional' for heating improvements

Individuals considering renovating their property by installing under floor heating may want to ensure they hire an expert. Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Council, explained how certain DIY can detract from the value of a house rather than increase it. He warned heating or... More >

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Poor insulation 'contributing to fuel poverty'

A committee is set to meet to discuss how to deal with homes in Northumberland that cannot be fitted with energy efficient measures such as cavity wall insulation The Journal Live reports how fuel poverty is one of the main concerns for researchers from Newcastle University and Alnwick Area Friends... More >

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Wall insulation 'helps home become green'

An eco-friendly house featuring innovations such as solar panelling and heating insulation is set to be opened to the public. Janet Alty is believed to own the greenest home in Leamington after spending thousands of pounds on installing energy efficient technology, the local Observer reports. She... More >

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Hardwood floors 'can last a lifetime'

Homeowners considering what flooring to lay on top of their under floor heating system may want to consider a wood finish. Ed Korczak, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Wood Flooring Association, explained that this type of surface is the "only green"... More >

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Mexicans 'learn about solid wall insulation from Brits'

A team of delegates from Mexico travelled to the UK to learn more about energy efficiency through techniques such as heating insulation. The Nottingham Post reports how a group made up of 18 mayors and government officials viewed solar panels and solid wall insulation during a tour of a Victorian... More >

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Wet rooms 'a popular choice'

Individuals may want to consider wet room insulation after it has been reported that large walk in showers are a key bathroom trend. Lavinia Dargie of Dargie Lewis Designs described the current popular looks being adopted by many homeowners. She claimed that "a wet room area with rain... More >

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Under floor heating 'to keep homeless dogs warm'

A building in Loughborough is to be transformed in the hope of becoming the world's greenest animal rescue centre. The local branch of the Dogs Trust is planning to construct a re-homing shelter that features innovations such as under floor heating and wall insulation, Green Build reports. By... More >

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'Take care' when looking into wall insulation

Homeowners have been advised to take care when approaching companies for advice on cavity wall insulation (CWI) following new research. A study carried out by Which? revealed that some assessors provide poor guidance that could lead to properties suffering from damp. It was suggested that experts... More >

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Insulation salesman 'suffering after conman warning'

Recent warnings about bogus salesman offering heating insulation are affecting reputable companies. This is according the Southport Visitor, which notes that some door-to-door sellers are offering genuine government grants. Since Sefton Trading Standards issued an announcement that there had been... More >

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Green party pledge to insulate homes

The Scottish Green party yesterday (March 24th) announced plans to fit heating insulation in all homes in the country. Co-leader Patrick Harvie launched the Holyrood campaign that also pledged to protect public services and oppose university tuition fees, the Scotsman reports. In order to fund... More >

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British Gas praised for heating insulation offer

An initiative to install cavity wall insulation and loft lagging by energy provider British Gas has been praised by one organisation. The Footprint Trust applauded the company's efforts to reduce carbon consumption by offering all its customers free heating insulation, the Isle of Wight... More >

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Luxury lodges built at hospice

Under floor heating is just one of the innovations helping to bring comfort to terminally-ill patients in Blurton. Three units have been unveiled at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice that feature a range of state-of-the-art technologies, the Sentinel reports. A grant from the Department of Health has... More >

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Heating insulation 'encouraged in Cape Town'

Individuals in Cape Town are being urged to install heating insulation to help lower the city's energy consumption. Sarah Ward, spokeswoman for energy and climate change, told the Times Live that having green solutions fitted in the home can reduce carbon footprints. She noted that lowering... More >

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'Check ice patterns' to assess heating insulation levels

Individuals concerned they may need to install more heating insulation in their loft due to a build up of icicles have been given tips on how to assess their lagging needs. Speaking to the Burlington Free Press, housing expert Henri de Marne explained that an accumulation of ice dams on a roof may... More >

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