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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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Building the future of energy efficiency

Building regulations are a big part of ensuring the homes and buildings of the future are both lower carbon and lower in terms of running costs - and newer, tougher standards are coming in the spring of 2014. The measures require a six per cent cut in domestic buildings, and nine per cent for non...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 04/09/2013 - 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