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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

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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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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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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

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Passivhaus boasts impressive results

The BBC’s Inside Out programme recently took a visit to what is the UK’s largest Passivhaus development, near Saffron Walden in rural Essex. This kind of coverage is great news, as it raises the profile of the super energy-efficient building technique that may have a greater up-front cost, but has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:45

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Read all about it - super low-carbon homes court the public

There were the days when only lavish rooms, sweeping driveways, swimming pools and fancy cornices got you column inches in the property press – but now, green credentials are catching up as something worth crowing about. First up, a set of straw bale homes in Essex built by a housing association,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 14/10/2013 - 09:15

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