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Energy Performance Certificates - the Dutch model

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been in place in the UK since 2008. But have we made maximum use of them in promoting energy efficiency? In the Netherlands they’re taking a radical new approach – by sending every home in the country a document with their A to G home energy rating. Big...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 09:00



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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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Making scamming a waste of energy

Every once in a while we see a certain kind of local news story, and our collective heart sinks. It’s the ones where criminals are going door-to-door, pretending to represent Energy Saving Trust and hard-selling energy-saving goods and services, real or imagined, to people. This recent article in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/04/2013 - 08:30



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Assume nothing when it comes to cavity wall insulation

To live in a world where all data sets on all the important issues are complete and unabridged would be a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, there are scarce interest areas, whether social, industrial or political, where this is the case. Energy efficiency falls into some of all three categories. A...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/03/2013 - 08:30