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7 reasons why you shouldn't skimp on thermal insulation

When you're trying to build or refurbish a home on a budget, there are numerous opportunities to cut costs. For example, you could select cheaper floor coverings and avoid the premium paints. But one place where you shouldn't skimp is on the thermal insulation. The Energy Saving Trust... More >

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Noise complaints for music venue in Leytonstone

A music venue in Leytonstone may need to look into installing acoustic insulation, following a noise complaint. Recently, the Luna Lounge in Church Lane was visited by a council officer after the complaint was made. A Noise Abatement Notice was issued, requiring the venue to restrict its music. Two... More >

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Manchester Town Hall refurbishments could cost more than £400 million

A major project to repair and refurbish Manchester Town Hall and nearby Albert Square could cost between £250 million and £400 million. That's according to a recent council report, which took into account survey work that has been conducted since December 2014. The building,... More >

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What does the end of DECC mean for energy efficiency?

There have been plenty of surprises since Theresa May became prime minister on July 11th - and one of those was the shock announcement that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was to be axed and merged into an expanded business department. Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, has... More >

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330 homes in Derbyshire get efficiency retrofit

A project to improve the energy efficiency of 330 social houses in North East Derbyshire has helped residents save money on energy bills and reduce their carbon emissions. The regeneration work, which was carried out between June 2015 and January, included the installation of thermal wall... More >

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What's the best colour scheme for a wet room?

If you're doing up a bathroom, one of the best ways to make it feel spacious and luxurious is by making it a wet room. This style of bathroom has waterproofed floors and walls and no traditional shower enclosure. Instead, the whole room essentially becomes the shower. Wet rooms are a popular... More >

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Scottish government won't eradicate fuel poverty this year

Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, the Scottish government has a statutory duty to "ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that people are not living in fuel poverty in Scotland by November 2016." However, despite a number of programmes put in place to help eradicate... More >

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Fuel poverty households rise to 2.38 million

Despite the large amount of work that has been done to improve the energy efficiency of homes, the number of households in fuel poverty is actually on the rise, according to official figures. Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate change indicate that the number of households in fuel... More >

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DECC announces new Fuel Poverty Obligation Scheme

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced plans to refocus the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme in a way that will help the poorest households. The ECO, which comes to an end in March 2017, will be transitioned to the new Fuel Poverty Obligation (FPO) scheme. This is... More >

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UK 'committed' to dealing with climate change

It's been a almost a week since the UK voted to leave the European Union, and while there are a lot of questions that need to be answered about what happens next, the government says it remains committed to dealing with climate change. Speaking at the Business and Climate Summit, energy... More >

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Manchester to set new design standards for homes

Manchester is the UK's fastest-growing city, and it is working to set new design standards for homes. With at least 25,000 new-built properties expected to be built over the next decade, it is hoped the new standards will ensure the properties are built to be high quality, and with features to... More >

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Former hospital transformed into housing

A £55 million housing development has transformed the former Barnes Hospital near Cheadle Village into 155 apartments, townhouses and family homes. The project, covering a 16.5 acre site was carried out by Henley Homes following a £12.5 million funding deal with... More >

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Demand for sustainable homes 'massively underestimated' says survey

There are many things that buyers look for when purchasing a home. Beautiful kitchens, high-end bathrooms and plenty of garden space are all top of the list for most home buyers. But it seems that something else needs to be added to that list: sustainability. That's according to a new... More >

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What makes a house a passive house?

When it comes to sustainability and energy efficiency, there are a lot of phrases and terminology that get flung around. One example is "passive house". This phrase generally describes a home that is extremely energy efficient, requiring little to no energy for heating and cooling... More >

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World Green Building Council announces plans for 'net-zero' by 2050

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has announced plans to create a new strategy, ensuring all buildings have a 'net zero' climate impact by 2050. Earlier this week, the WorldGBC announced a major new project called Advancing Net Zero, which will accelerate the trend towards... More >

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Dunfermline sees new energy efficient council homes

Thanks to Fife Council's Affordable Housing programme some much-needed affordable housing will soon be available in the Abbeyview area of Dunfermline, as well as on Elliot Street. Work began on both sites in March and the first residents are due to move in during August. The first homes to be... More >

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Funding cuts could be compromising people's health

A poll of more than 700 nurses has found that patient health is being put at risk by funding cuts. And while we're all concerned about the future of the NHS, it turns out that it's not just the health service's funding that we need to be concerned about. The survey, carried out by the... More >

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Brighton music venue served with noise abatement order

A pub in Brighton may need to start looking into sound reduction methods - like acoustic insulation - after receiving a noise abatement order. The Greys in Southover Street is famous for its live music and over the years it has played host to bands from around the world - mostly from the blues and... More >

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Change in flight paths could affect Fife communities

People living in Fife may need to consider installing noise reduction measures for their homes after an announcement that flights paths in and out of Edinburgh Airport could be changing. According to the Courier, a large part of Fife might soon have flight paths overhead - and the noise could... More >

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Office workers want peace and quiet

When designing offices, more and more employers are striving to create workplaces that combine fun elements alongside more traditional office furniture like desks and chairs. Table football, bean bags, smoothie stations and even arcade games can be found in many modern offices.... More >

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Living under a flight path can harm your health, according to study

Living under a flight path can be annoying for residents - with airplanes causing noise and distractions throughout the day, and sometimes well into the night. While many people say they eventually learn to block out the noise, it might also be wise to invest in noise-reduction solutions like... More >

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More than 1,000 homes to be refurbished

In South Gloucestershire, the next phase of a multi-million pound project to improve the condition and energy efficiency of more than 1,000 homes is set to begin.  Merlin Housing Society has appointed developers Keepmoat to carry out the £2.5 million project, which will include... More >

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6 tips for transforming your basement

While basements are fairly unusual here in the UK, for homes that do have these underground spaces, basements can provide a wonderful addition to your existing living space. Unfortunately, many are dark and damp places that aren't nice to be in. The good news is that with a bit of work, a... More >

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How to create a luxurious bathroom

If you're looking for a way to increase the value of a property or make it more desirable to potential buyers or renters, then the bathroom is an ideal place to start.  Depending on your budget and the current state of the bathroom, doing up this space can mean as little as throwing on a... More >

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Estate in Enfield sees efficiency improvements

A variety of energy efficiency improvements have been installed at an estate in Enfield. The the first phase of the project was completed by the Lawtech Group, a national housing contractor. Its aim was to bring the homes on Exeter Road and Beaconsfield Road up to the highest standards, making... More >

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The importance of reducing noise

It's hard to escape noise. For city dwellers, external noise from traffic, local businesses and neighbours is a fact of life, while those living in more rural locations are likely to regularly hear sounds like farm equipment and animals. While all of these sounds are part of everyday life and... More >

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Intensive care units need to find ways to reduce noise

If you've ever spent the night in a hospital bed, you know how noisy a ward can be. There's the noise from your fellow patients, the sounds of doctors and nurses checking in and discussing care options, and all the various beeps and alarms from medical equipment. All of this can... More >

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Expert says scrapping zero-carbon homes scheme will be a mistake

Fuel poverty is a major problem in the UK. While rising energy prices certainly contribute to the problem, the poor energy performance of the country's existing housing stock is a much bigger issue. Despite colder temperatures in Scandanavia and some parts of Europe, those countries have... More >

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Is the UK doing enough to eradicate fuel poverty?

A new report has highlighted key failings in the UK's efforts to deal with fuel poverty. Every year, the National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS) produce the UK Fuel Poverty Monitor. The latest edition was published following the elections in May and highlights... More >

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Affordable homes in Devon development require no heating

An affordable housing scheme in Exeter has exceeded expectations for being environmentally friendly. The development, which was designed to use a combination of natural materials and sustainable technology, was built to passive house standard and it turns out that residents are saving even more... More >

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