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Tackling poor practice in wall insulation

• Concerns over cavity wall insulation • Better consumer protection needed • CWI can work well, if appropriately installed Since 1996, 6million homes in the UK have had cavity walls insulated – but there are growing concerns that cavity wall insulation can cause problems. Yesterday, Welsh MP Hywel...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 20/04/2017 - 10:01

20/04/2017

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Insulation innovation: the robot that will insulate your home

• Robot could be the future of under-floor insulation • Huge potential in fight against fuel poverty, says founder • Small companies pushing construction industry forward Suspended timber floors in early-twentieth century properties and robots perhaps don't seem the most natural allies, but for Tom...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/05/2016 - 16:47

27/05/2016

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Water way to insulate

Water way to insulate Inventor Matyas Gutai has developed a novel approach to insulating our homes, sealing water between glass panels to be used as walls. The water absorbs heat in the summer and distributes it during cold periods and this is controlled by the homeowner via a remote monitoring...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/04/2015 - 09:01

17/04/2015

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A Google Earth for energy efficiency?

A company in the United States aims to provide a visual heat map of the entire nation, using techniques similar to Google Earth. Essess is featured in a BBC video , in which the company’s CEO Tom Scaramellino, explains its rationale and methods: “About 30 per cent of a building’s total energy use...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 11/03/2015 - 09:00

11/03/2015

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A low-carbon future for Germany?

A pair of German physicists recently set out to find a practical way for their nation to meet a target of 100 per cent renewable using existing technologies (hitting carbon targets while keeping the economy on track), and the results were positive. Not only that, but the study found that there are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 03/02/2015 - 09:00

03/02/2015

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Opportunities for home energy makeover

An ambitious home energy efficiency plan could add nearly £14 billion to UK GDP by 2030, according to a new report from campaign group Energy Bill Revolution. An apt year, considering a deal on EU climate targets up to then has just been agreed. The group says such a GDP boost would mean £3.20 was...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/11/2014 - 08:45

12/11/2014

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The rise in building energy efficiency

A new £50million pot , co-funded by the Green Investment Bank, will see packages of energy efficiency measures installed in hospitals across the UK, with one of the first recipients Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. It’s hoped that changes by the hospitals involved will cut bills by 20 per cent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 13/10/2014 - 08:45

13/10/2014

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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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Are smart homes a clever move?

Lloyd Alter in the Guardian the other day made a plea for dumb homes and dumb cities, riling against the recent rash of smart everything. I came across this via a tweet from Nick Grant (@ecominimalnick) saying that “in a Passivhaus a smart thermostat would be bored silly :)” Yes, but… but… it’s not...

Submitted by Steven Harris on Fri, 13/06/2014 - 08:45

13/06/2014

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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

04/06/2014

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