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The future of LED lighting gets brighter

We revealed last week that the UK is in the top five nations in Europe for buying energy saving light bulbs, but lagging behind in the purchase of ‘next generation’ lighting such as LEDs. More testing, information and certification of the kind we’re involved in through the PremiumLight scheme...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 29/01/2014 - 08:45

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Will our energy future be skin deep?

This blog is not afraid to dig into the slightly more free-thinking end of energy-saving innovation. Generation by dancing , living lighting and even using jeans to insulate your home have been covered in the past, so to arrive now at a wristband whose creators claim can reduce the need for home...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 24/01/2014 - 08:45

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The struggle for supremacy in sustainable building

Sustainable building is not just about flats and housing – some of the most striking examples of all can be found among commercial new builds. But what is the most sustainable building of all? Well, it appears it depends who you ask. The Change Initiative (TCI) in Dubai certainly makes a strong...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 23/01/2014 - 08:45

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Why it still pays off for businesses to invest in renewable energy

Guest blog by Frank Hartkopf from Mr Renewables Small and medium sized businesses thinking about investing in renewable energy technology have encountered some uncertainties recently. With the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme having been capped, is it still financially viable to invest in solar...

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Computer giants need to strive for energy improvement

Although there really is no such thing as energy efficient computing or gaming – advancement of digital technologies tends to see increased electricity consumption – you still want to see the big players in the market trying to mitigate the problem. And it appears they are – some better than others...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/01/2014 - 08:45

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High-profile retrofits pave the way forward

Retrofit has been the subject of many recent news stories. The BBC highlighted the Non Domestic Retrofit of the Year, Waltham Forest College – an award-winner for a reason. Solid wall insulation, new cladding to the exterior of the building and a heat exchanger for the swimming pool have seen...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 15/01/2014 - 08:45

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Solar gains for those most in need

Solar panels are often associated with a certain technological chic in wealthier parts of the world – but it’s a technology that has great potential to benefit those most isolated and in need, too. Solar power is gaining an increasingly prominent role in crisis-hit areas – and the technology is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 13/01/2014 - 08:45

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Celebrities for green transformation

Lots of celebrities claim ‘green credentials’ – but it seems like a few are going beyond lip-service in a bid for tangible change. Take Black Eyed Peas founder Will.i.am – who is the current director of innovation at Intel as well as maintaining a pop career. He’s on a mission to turn marketing...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 10/01/2014 - 08:45

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Eco-opportunity knocks in China

With China’s huge population, massive economic growth and burgeoning infrastructure, there’s no doubt that the Asian powerhouse poses a stern test for global sustainability. But it also offers big opportunities, according to WWF-UK’s green game-changers report . In China, electric vehicle...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 08/01/2014 - 08:45

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Materials for a low-carbon future

“It’s all glass and metal”: a common criticism of modern architecture. But in whatever form they appear in aesthetically, material choices are going to play a big role in determining just how low-carbon the coming years will be – and those two will certainly have a part to play. First up, aluminium...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 06/01/2014 - 08:45

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