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Building using waste is far from a rubbish idea

A rubbish house in Brighton has been getting a lot of attention recently. Not a really bad one, but one made almost entirely out of waste products. From a waste timber frame to inside-out carpet tiles providing a waterproof outer ‘skin’, the experimental home in the grounds of the University of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 07/08/2014 - 08:45



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Harley-Davidson sparks electric bike debate

The idea of an electric motorbike seems to run contrary to all stereotypes of ‘petrolhead’ bikers - but when Harley-Davidson get involved, that’s when ears might start to prick up. The iconic bike makers have unveiled Livewire - its first plug-in bike , and to say it has stirred something of a buzz...

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



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Independent energy takes its place on the grid

The number of commercial-scale independent renewable energy projects rose by 40 per cent in 2013, with almost £1million invested every day, according to Energy Entrepreneurs Report 2014 , published by SmartestEnergy. This follows news that electricity generated from renewable sources has risen by...

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



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Green energy information - whatever the weather

They say the simplest way to forecast the weather is to look out of your window - but that approach might be less useful in seeing how well your renewable energy system is likely to be working. This is where WeatherEnergy aim to step in and help. It is part of a European project called Energizair...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/07/2014 - 08:45



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A taste of life off-grid

The Green Homes Network enables people in Scotland considering energy upgrades to their home, or taking the plunge with a full-scale ‘eco home’, to connect with those who’ve been there and done it. We talked to Network member Russell Quinlan who, with his wife, has built an off-grid log house in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 21/07/2014 - 08:45



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Are we becoming energy efficiency experts?

Secretary of State Ed Davey recently told delegates at Ecobuild that homes are using a fifth less energy than in 2004. The Carbon Brief took an in-depth look at the claim, and while quibbling a little about whether the headline stat is quite as simple as it seems, as all those working towards green...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/07/2014 - 08:45



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Speeding up future road technology

The Future Technology Centre in Sunderland is ready for business - and it already has nearly a full complement of companies signed up before opening its doors. The centre is all about making the technological breakthroughs that will drive sustainable transport , and robustly testing them in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 16/07/2014 - 08:45



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Milestones towards zero carbon homes

Innovation is all about staying ahead of the game - and, just as the idea of the Passivhaus is starting to come to mainstream attention , so begins the buzz about the next wave of energy efficient building - the Active House . It’s about producing more energy on-site; more energy, in fact, than its...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 14/07/2014 - 08:45



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Green role for Britain in China's building boom

China might not be the first nation you think about when global leaders in sustainable building are being discussed - but it seems that could be set to change. The UK’s Building Research Establishment (BRE) has begun a broad collaboration with China, looking at everything from aligning green...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:45



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Waste not, want not for green building future

Think of large construction projects, and it is likely most people will think of a mesh of concrete, steel dust and rubble before the word ‘sustainability’ pops into mind. But things may be changing thanks to new technologies and smart thinking. Managing and re-using waste is a key concern for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:45