anging plants smother the walls of a new office block proposed for Salford, giving it the look of something from an abandoned post-Covid city, reclaimed by nature. The ivy-covered tower, designed by Make Architects, has been trumpeted as “fossil-fuel free”, set to run on 100% renewable energy and reach net zero operational carbon, with tenants enjoying the “biophilic” benefits of dangling foliage. But not everyone is convinced.
Grants worth up to £5,000 to boost energy efficiency in homes and boost jobs unveiled – and landlords benefit, too.
Burning coal has contributed to the over-heating of our planet. But can abandoned British coal mines help tackle the climate crisis?
A new study by intelligent home climate management company tado° has found that UK homes lose heat significantly faster than European neighbours, even when factoring in outside temperature.
New rules are to be introduced to ensure all new homes built in Scotland use renewable or low-carbon heating.
The regulations, being introduced by the Scottish government from 2024, are part of plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Landlords in the private rented sector who commit to providing affordable housing should be given the same financial support as housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, it is suggested.
Air conditioning is used to avoid greenhouse effect but cooling buildings adds to carbon emissions
The 100 homes on Goldsmith Street aren’t just smart and modern. They may be the most energy-efficient houses ever built in the UK. Could this be the start of proper social housing?
Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report shows
New energy efficiency rules for properties in the private rented sector in England and Wales are now in force with industry organisations urging those letting property to make sure they are compliant.
Partial climbdown means help for more tenants in coldest homes in England and Wales
The consumer group Which? says the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards starting next weekend could affect 300,000 buy to let properties.
Stamp duty in England may be changed to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.
Energy minister Claire Perry told the BBC householders would face "carrots and sticks" to prompt them into saving on heating bills and carbon emissions.
Legal loophole means landlords won’t need to comply with regulations aiming to protect tenants and cut carbon emissions
Homeowners who sell draughty homes could be fined, a report has suggested.
Economic consultancy Frontier Economics says the money raised could underpin government funding for insulating the homes of the least wealthy homeowners.
‘Clean growth’ report steps into scrapping of green deal void and reinstates all new homes be zero carbon by 2020
The NFU has announced the purchase of agriculture energy consultancy FEC Energy – once known as the Farm Energy Centre.
The Country Land and Business Association is demanding a year’s delay in the introduction of minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for rented properties, which it warns will “fail” older rural properties unless there are amendments.
More than one home every minute will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050, experts say.
The authors of a report to Parliament say 25 million existing homes will not meet the insulation standards required by mid-century.
Radical plans to use hydrogen to heat UK homes and businesses have moved a step closer after the Government’s official climate advisers said the plan was “technically feasible” and called for major trials to be undertaken.
Opt in here