low-carbon

Work begins on ECOHOUSE skills centre

Construction has started at West Lothian College’s ECOHOUSE development. The ECOHOUSE skills centre for sustainable living will feature two semi-detached houses built at the college’s Livingston campus. Training and upskilling opportunities delivered there will include air tightness testing, MHVR (mechanical heat recovery ventilation) testing, EPC calculations, solar thermal installations, installing, testing and commissioning of air […]

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UK100 responds to Autumn Statement

Responding to the Autumn Statement, Polly Billington, Chief Executive of UK100, a network of local authorities committed to Net Zero and Clean Air, says: Confirmation today that Britain is returning to austerity will alarm local leaders up and down the country. Local authorities are still grappling with the effects of the first round of spending […]

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Wates and Lloyds seeking sustainable solutions

Wates and Lloyds Banking Group are running a second competition to find sustainability innovations. Green tech innovators and providers of sustainable solutions are invited to showcase their products for the chance to be piloted with Lloyds before potentially being rolled out at scale. This is the second time Lloyds and Wates have teamed up to seek […]

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Barclays pilots Greener Home Reward to support energy efficiency

Barclays is trialling a ‘test-and-learn’ cash reward initiative to see if it results in a greater uptake of greener home improvements. The bank’s research found that 57% of homeowners believe their mortgage provider should help them to make energy efficiency-related home improvements and 83% said that the removal of price barriers in the form of […]

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OVO starts Zero Emission Boilers trial

OVO is installing Zero Emission Boilers (ZEBs) in customers’ homes, as part of UK Power Networks’ project Neat Heat, in the South East and East of England. The project sees OVO, UK Power Networks and tepeo come together to provide real-world data on how tepeo’s new solution interacts with the electricity network, allowing OVO Energy […]

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Housing developers “not ready” to meet Future Homes Standards

The housing industry believes it is unlikely to meet the requirements set out in the government’s 2025 Future Homes and Buildings Standards, according to research carried out by members of The Housing Forum’s Futures Network. The research was carried out among senior industry figures attending a number of events this year, including a series of […]

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British Gas releases UK Net Zero index

A new index released by British Gas will track each year how UK families feel about the journey to net zero, their role in it and readiness to make changes to their homes and lifestyles. The index reveals that although there is widespread awareness of net zero, understanding is limited. When net zero was explained, 71% […]

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New social housing report launched on net zero and tenants

Placeshapers, Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) and Tpas England have published a report on net zero, technology and tenants. Its findings are based on a roundtable hosted by the three organisations with social housing tenants across England alongside heat pump manufacturers Mitsubishi and Vaillant The aim of the roundtable was to better inform social housing tenants […]

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Researchers developing new ways to use smart meter data

Researchers from Loughborough University are developing innovative ways to use smart meter data to help equip the electricity network with low-carbon technologies. Launched in partnership with National Grid, the SMITN project (Smart Meter Innovations & Test Network) will use data from smart meters to give electricity network planners added information, helping them to manage load […]

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Wates Group launches green tech education programme

Wates Group has introduced an education programme to give young people experience of how green technology at home can support the transition to net zero. Wates is partnering with Rewise Learning to create the first ever ‘House of the Future’ kit, to be used in technology lessons – in Cardiff and London – to support […]

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Revealed: Europe’s greenest capitals

New research has revealed that Paris has more green space than any other European capital city. The study by Drinking Straw analysed the number of parks, gardens, wildlife areas, forests, playgrounds and bodies of water compared to the size of the population to see which areas have the most green spaces per 100,000 people. Paris […]

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