Heating costs make up the largest part of UK households energy usage. What technologies should housebuilders be incorporating and how would this impact homeowners as well as serious issues such as fuel poverty. The supply of homes has long been a contentious issue for UK buyers, as the struggle to get on the housing ladder becomes more troublesome. Whilst demand has been increasing at an exponential rate and until now housebuilders have been struggling to keep up. However, this imbalance could be about to change. According to recent research, the number of new homes being built in the UK is at a seven-year high. Construction on approximately 37,080 new homes occurred... Read More
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Across the UK, some of our oldest and most prestigious buildings lie on the campuses of our universities. Our rich heritage of university education dates back centuries and in many cases, the original buildings are still in use. Durham University, the University of Oxford, the University of Glasgow – all examples of existing universities that have buildings as old as the 19th century – or in some cases older – still being regularly used to teach the next generation of academics. Of course over the years, there have been many retrofitting projects undertaken to ensure that they are still safe for occupants and are suitable for students to either live... Read More
In any dwelling where vulnerable people reside, it is the responsibility of the landlord to provide a safe living environment as part of their overall Duty of Care. Now, the increasingly pressing issue of fuel poverty should fall under that umbrella too. In the context of social housing, the considerations for councils and social landlords are more complex than you might initially think. How they heat these premises is just one example of something that can make a genuine difference to their residents – should the attention it deserves be applied correctly. It begs the question, why aren’t more councils prioritising the installation of heating systems into their social housing that are... Read More
Jan Kriekels is the CEO and Owner of Jaga. It is Jan’s commitment to sustainability that drives Jaga’s entire philosophy. Here, Jan gives his take on the Paris Climate Summit COP21. Any time that a global consensus to drive sustainability happens is great. Events such as the Paris Climate Summit COP21 are undoubtedly key to reversing the energy-thirsty habits we have developed. But whilst the gesture is encouraging, unfortunately, the commitments that seem to result are only recommended – nothing agreed is obligatory. It is a start, but not enough. The goal is to limit further warming of our planet to well below 2°C, with 1.5°C being the target. Now, at... Read More