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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The recent developments on the RE:FIT scheme are an excellent indication that plans to reduce carbon emissions from the UK’s built environment are accelerating. The programme was initially London specific, whereby the Mayor of London and European Union European Regional Development Fund helped the likes of NHS bodies, central government agencies, schools and universities, borough councils and heritage organisations to guarantee cost savings in the development and delivery of more energy efficient measures in their buildings. Now, 16 energy service companies have been selected to work in conjunction with the HM treasury and the Local Government Association to provide the same support and guarantees to public sector clients outside of London. It... Read More
As most of the UK glides blissfully into spring, the winter we leave behind has left a disturbing mark on many households. A study carried out by the University College London (UCL) – and brought to public attention via BBC News[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35862763] and a BBC Panorama documentary – has calculated that an estimated 9,000 people died last winter in England and Wales because their homes were too cold. Why? The unacceptable issue that seemingly will not go away: fuel poverty. People being priced out of acceptable living standards due to high energy costs; people not being given suitable access to the energy efficient technologies that can sidestep a reliance on costly fossil fuels. The... Read More
Reducing the volume of CO² emitted from our buildings is essential for us to become more environmentally conscious. Doing so requires us to embrace alternative sources of energy. There are viable alternatives to our over-reliance on coal, gas and oil. Like these traditional means of powering life, it’s the planet itself that provides them. The only difference is that the consequences of their use are considerably less damaging to the atmosphere. Now is the time to utilise the potential. Rather than continuing to burn fossil fuels, we should be concentrating our efforts on the alternatives: *FIRE: solar power *Sunlight is the most powerful energy source that we can utilise. Solar technology is still... Read More