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Making Net Zero Energy work - Q&A with Karen Strandoo

The housing sector is exploring alternative models to bring high energy efficiency to improve the quality of our national stock. One such model that Energy Saving Trust is involved in is Energiesprong – a programme originating in the Netherlands that has led to the refurbishment of 111, 000 homes...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 12/10/2015 - 14:00

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Autumn statement 2014: quiet on the green front

Described by some as the Coalition’s “last big economic event” before the 2015 election, what turned out to be the major talking point on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement from an energy and climate change perspective was just how little there was to talk about. This was typified by sustainable...

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UK cities seek green innovation

The UK’s urban areas are thinking smarter about energy than ever before, and there are few better recent examples than plans in the centre of Britain’s second city, Birmingham. A combined heat and power (CHP) system is to be installed in the brand new Birmingham New Street station. A pretty...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 08:45

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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

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Striving for the social benefits of energy efficiency

Good news in London: More money has been allocated to provide energy retrofits in social housing through the Decent Homes programme. Thousands of homes should benefit, and it is great to see money being targeted at the areas of most need, with the highest risk of fuel poverty . In addition, around...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/09/2014 - 08:45

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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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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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Retrofit, data sets and the inventor of the internet

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet to Energy Saving Trust may not seem like the most obvious leap – but it is one we can rightly claim, albeit via one of our closest links. We’re a fairly small organisation, so we sometimes require outside expertise. Zero carbon data specialists...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 09/12/2013 - 08:45

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Sustainable cities: setting an example

Just over a month ago, Bristol was named European Green Capital for 2015, beating Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana. Some might say this is a culmination of work in a city that has always been seen as forward-looking in terms of the environmental agenda; the key hub in a part of the UK that’s trying...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 24/07/2013 - 08:51

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Inside SuperHomes

Guest blog by Roger Hunt Fifteen years ago Aylesbury Vale District Council sustainability officer Robert Smart went to a conference of sustainability 'experts' but came away feeling disappointed by their expertise . He also came away believing he needed to lead by example, and began with his home...

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