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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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The future of eco-technology: An interview with Damian Tow

Eco Technology Show Director, Damian Tow, reveals his plans for this years show, while emphasising the importance of behaviour change to help adopt new technologies to ensure the success of sustainable options for the future. How will this years Eco Technology show be different? We have a Big...

Submitted by Ozge Ibrahim on Mon, 23/06/2014 - 08:45

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Leeds to lead in energy retrofit

The Government recently announced £88million funding to be shared between 24 councils under the Green Deal Communities scheme, which aims to fuel a street-by-street approach to energy efficiency across the country, from Peterborough to Plymouth, London to Leeds. It’s great news for all the local...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 04/06/2014 - 08:45

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Renewables could lead in stabilising energy supplies in Europe

Recent unrest in Eastern Europe has shaken the confidence of the world’s rich and powerful nations – particularly where energy is concerned. Securing energy supplies and the pressing need to increase the prevalence of low-carbon options is also a global issue, making it a key focus of the latest...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 28/05/2014 - 08:45

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Scotland cracks on in tackling home energy

Over 58,000 homes in Scotland upgraded their boiler or got insulated under the ECO scheme last year – a higher rate per 1,000 homes than England. While this will no doubt cheer green Scottish nationalists, a caveat is that ECO got a little help from the Scottish Government’s own fuel poverty...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 08/05/2014 - 08:45

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Top tech versus top tips in the home

The collision of smarter homes and smarter phones is bound to throw up some interesting developments. One that has piqued wide interest is the launch of a new thermostat which its makers claim learns your heating behaviours with the potential to cut nearly a third from your heating bill. It is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 06/05/2014 - 08:45

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How to boost a nation’s energy capacity

In the last few decades, there have been many ambassadors for energy efficiency, including ourselves. But it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been an entire nation emblematic of the impact of widespread energy efficiency measures – until now. Japan has managed to replace half of its nuclear capacity...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 25/04/2014 - 08:45

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Living the self-build dream

H ighlighting the importance of planning ahead to help ensure success, Julian Roberts continues to chart his progress as he builds his own eco home. I’m not shy of admitting that when it comes to doing practical things, I’m bottom of the class. If the truth be told, I’m not building my own house at...

Submitted by Julian Roberts on Tue, 08/04/2014 - 09:00

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Going green: A Latin American dream

Latin America is fast creeping up the global energy ranks, capturing six per cent of global clean energy investment in 2012. The climate favours such growth – and copious sunshine means the development doesn’t need any additional government support. Some experts consider the region to be the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:45

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Personalising energy and climate change

The new IPCC report has, for the first time, unequivocally linked climate change with food shortages and human conflict. Add tensions in Eastern Europe to the mix, energy and its consumption is dominating the headlines and has become the stuff of nightmares on a daunting scale. Political leaders...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/04/2014 - 08:45

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