renewable energy

13 03, 2015

Heating from the ice

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Heat pumps extract warmth from ice cold water The BBC reported how in Norway a county capital in Norway, 40 miles from Oslo, is extracting heat from the local fjord.  With average annual temperatures of 8 degrees, Drammen has installed a district heating system to meet the heating demands of not only the 65,000 residents, but

20 11, 2013

Parliament committee urges government to keep Code for Sustainable Homes

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The latest report from the Environmental Audit Committee, Code for Sustainable Homes and Housing Standards Review, urges the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to keep the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH), which has helped evolve sustainability standards in Building Regulations since its introduction in 2007. At last some common sense from parliament, and

21 08, 2013

What now for sustainability in housing?

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With the news of Government's review on housing standards in England, the Code for Sustainable Homes looks likely to end with the key factors integrated into new Building Regulations standards.  But what now for ensuring that sustainability in new housing isn't 'fobbed off'?  That new developments will be able to meet the 'zero carbon' criteria