Each Home Counts – Bonfield Review

bonfield-review-each-home-counts The Each Home Counts – Bonfield Review has finally been published and considers issues relating to consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement in relation to home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in the UK.

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Keeping cool, while staying warm

summer heat in the city, shown on mercury thermometer in front of the window, with a 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) and the Sun in the back. photo is taken with DSLR camera.

Careful attention to building design is essential to meet the challenges of warmer summers, while also reducing the amount of energy that we use during the colder times of the year…

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Response to the Hansford Report on Solid Wall Insulation

Hansford Peter Hansford, the Government’s Chief Construction Advisor, today published his report into Solid Wall Insulation. This is our response.

Kingspan Insulation Ltd welcome the publication of the Solid Wall Insulation: Unlocking Demand and Driving Up Standards report.

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The implications of axing Zero Carbon Homes in 2016

Axe So, the government have at best ‘postponed’ the introduction of zero carbon new homes, leaving them under a potentially indefinite review. What are the implications and what does this mean for house building?

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Response to Government ‘Fixing the foundations’ Plan

Here’s our response to the government’s “Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation” published today.

Improved Energy Efficiency for new homes is apparently a ‘barrier to keeping the country building’ and to ‘hard-working people’s dreams of home ownership’.

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A goodbye (to the Code)

The government is now in a state of “purdah”, (the period of time immediately before elections or referendums when specific restrictions on the activity of civil servants are in place). Just before that happened however, a whirlwind of last minute… Read the rest
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Towards Nearly Zero Energy (non domestic) Buildings

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Non Domestic building standards are generally considered to be difficult to develop and address. The diversity and breadth of possible building types can be vast and as a result of this complexity, new standards get less attention and consideration compared Read the rest

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Meeting the Home Quality Mark

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BRE is developing a voluntary sustainability Home Quality Mark for new homes that will allow developers to differentiate their product in the marketplace. It will recognise performance beyond minimum regulatory standards to provide increased quality and choice for the consumer…Read the rest

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For Rent: glass house with good boiler: E rated?

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Last week, it was announced that up to 1 million tenants renting from a private landlord can look forward to warmer homes that cost less to heat.  From April 2018, landlords will be required by law to get their leakiest Read the rest

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When does Zero Carbon start? Is it 2016?

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We received the following query through a blog comment recently: “Please can you tell me more when the Zero carbon starts. Is it 2016 ?” Thinking about how to answer this one sent me off on a bit of a Read the rest

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