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What is BS 8233:2014?

When it comes to constructing a new building, or upgrading an existing one, there's a lot to think about. From choosing the right building products, to ensuring they're installed correctly, there are a lot of standards, regulations and recommendations to sift through. BS 8233:2014 is one... More >


Scottish Labour urges new target for tackling fuel poverty

After the Scottish government failed to meet its commitment to eradicate fuel poverty across Scotland by November 2016, the Scottish Labour party has called for a new target. The Scottish government's goal was a challenging one, but with more than one-third of Scottish homes (35 per cent) still... More >

Categories: Thermal Insulation

Eden Project plans new energy-efficient hotel

The Eden Project has announced its plans to build an on-site hotel.  While the Eden Project - known for its enormous biomes which house various species of plants and include an indoor rainforest - is Cornwall's most visited attraction, these plans are hoped to make it... More >

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Homes in Cardigan and Llanarth get £1.6 million Warm Homes funding

Ceredigion County Council has successfully secured £1.6 million from the Welsh Government's Warm Homes Arbed Scheme. The money will be used to improve homes in the Teifi Ward, Cardigan and Llanarth. The government scheme has been implemented to help support the Welsh government in... More >


The rise of the multi-generational home

Over the last decade, there has been a substantial increase in the number of multigenerational homes in the UK. Recent research from Aviva shows that there has been a 46 per cent increase in multi-family households, while the number of 21-34 year-olds living with their parents has... More >

Categories: Wet Room Waterproofing

Practical tips for planning a wetroom

It's easy to see why wetroom style bathrooms are so popular. For one thing, their clean lines and minimalist appearance are very stylish and can help to bring a spa-like ambience to your home. They also allow you to make better use of space, they're easy to clean and are ideal for... More >


What kinds of sound insulation do you need in an office?

Busy offices can be very noisy places, with just some of the constant sounds including colleagues talking to each other and customers, telephones ringing, keyboards clicking and doors opening and closing. Depending on where the office is located, there may also be a significant amount of noise... More >


Top tips keeping your cellar dry

If you're looking for a way to add living space to an existing home, without a lot of added expense or the hassle of an extension, then one option might be to consider going down. Of course, not every home has a cellar, but for those that do, the basement is often a dark, damp and musty... More >

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The problem of damp homes

It probably comes as no surprise that cold, damp homes are a problem across Europe - but the extent of the problem might not be so obvious. Recently German institute Fraunhofer IBP published new research, which indicated that respiratory illnesses like asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary... More >


MPs: "Treasury failing to take environmental costs into account"

The Treasury has come under fire from MPs for failing to adequately consider long-term sustainability risks into its decisions. In particular, ministers are saying that carbon capture and storage (CCS) and zero-carbon homes policies could be detrimental to both the economy and investor... More >


One-third of working families struggle with fuel poverty

Fuel poverty is an on-going problem in this country, and it causes a variety of problems for the people dealing with it. Being unable to heat your home to an adequate level can lead to respiratory illnesses like asthma, heart problems and mental health issues. Research has shown that there are... More >

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What needs to be done to tackle fuel poverty?

The problem of cold homes is an ongoing issue in the UK, with millions of households across the country regularly having to make the difficult choice between eating and heating. While a variety of schemes and initiatives have been introduced, experts believe that even more needs to be done to... More >

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Retrofit projects need to be more targeted

With so much of the UK's existing housing stock being highly inefficient when it comes to energy use, there have been a number of schemes established in recent years to try to upgrade the homes. This has been seen as particularly important since an estimated 80 per cent of the current dwellings... More >

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Glasgow City Council announces £5 million plan for energy efficiency

Three affordable warmth and energy efficiency programmes in Glasgow are set to receive much-needed funds, local councillors have been told. More than £5 million will be allocated to the schemes. The announcement comes after Glasgow City Council's regeneration and the economy... More >

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The Water Market is Changing

The Water Market is Changing Get ready for lower prices and better customer service Everything you need to know about business water deregulation (and what it means for your business) What's happening to business water supplies in England? In April 2017, the water industry in... More >


A repair job fit for a Queen

When it comes to fitting insulation, fixing boilers, mending pipes and replacing old wiring, there are plumbers, electricians and other tradespersons carrying out such work every day. But one upcoming job will be rather different. A large home in London has not had its pipes, heating or electrical... More >

Categories: Under Floor Heating Insulation

Playing chicken pays off for innovative insulation firm

When it comes to start-ups, one might expect the country's university students to come up with some ideas that are novel, different, eco-friendly and perhaps a little bit wacky. All that may have been true of a number of entrants in the National Association of College and University... More >


Staying warm up north as Manchester builds high

There was a time when Britain was a fairly low-rise country. Not for us the towering skyscrapers of New Cap York or Chicago, those symbols of American brashness and limitless ambition. Instead, Britain was happier with an urban landscape where the tallest buildings were church spires and office... More >

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Housing partnership gets funding for insulation works

The Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) has received a sum of £340,000 to carry out insulation work on 68 homes in the Western Isles. It has been given the money from the Scottish government's Home Energy Efficiency Programmes Capital Acceleration Programme, which is designed to help... More >

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New leisure centre to be built in Altrincham

A major shake-up of the leisure facilities is being planned in the borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, with a centrepiece being a £10 million leisure centre in Altrincham.  The move is among the options being considered as the local authority draws up plans to plough £24... More >

Categories: - Wet Room Waterproofing

Insulation 'has key role in keeping energy bills down'

Fitting more and better home insulation is a key way to keep winter fuel bills down, an expert has told householders. In an article written for the Daily Mail, operations management lecturer at the University of Sheffield Robert Marchand listed a number of steps that householders can take to keep... More >

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Global temperatures 'highest on record in 2016'

This year is on course to break the all-time record for the highest average annual global temperature, new research has said. A study of the weather for the first nine months of 2016 has convinced scientists at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that this year's average will be higher... More >

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Dudley Council relaunches winter home heating scheme

Residents of Dudley are being offered advice and support on home insulation as part of a household heating programme launched by the local council. The winter warmth support scheme has been brought back by Dudley Council this week, after more than 800 local residents were able to improve their home... More >

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Scottish government to consider new recommendations for tackling fuel poverty

Scotland is to consider reviewing the current definition of fuel poverty as part of a series of recommendations drawn from new independent reviews of the issue. The Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force have published reports outlining more than... More >

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