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April 15th, 2015

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District Heating and CHP – why engaging users is critical

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After years of talk, district heating and CHP appear to be coming of age with schemes being planned across the UK. But new evidence suggests that to realise the full benefits end users need to be at the heart of the development process from the get-go. Climate Works is working with Lantern (UK) Ltd to establish the most effective way of doing this. Read more

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February 12th, 2015

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CWL news Feb 2015

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From government funding for urban renewable energy to the role of the Merton Rule in local planning policy, a new tool for processing local energy data and innovations in energy storage.

Plus why is E.ON splitting its brand? and Bristol kicks off the year as European Green Capital.

Here’s our latest newsletter.

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January 20th, 2015

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Going for a Merton? The increased importance of the Merton Rule in a changed planning system

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The Government’s policy of cutting regulation has left the Merton Rule as one of the few remaining tools for LPA’s wanting developers to build lower impact, lower running cost new homes that exceed Building Regulations. Read more

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January 19th, 2015

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Battery to the future – new innovations in electricity storage

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Progress and innovation in electricity storage looks set to increase in 2015 as a range of new technologies at the domestic and grid scale come on stream. Read more

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May 27th, 2014

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Zero carbon building – 30 years easier than it sounds

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Homes constructed by Salford Council more than 30 years ago, and using conventional construction techniques come close to the 2016 ‘zero carbon’ standard. Here’s how.  Read more

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April 25th, 2014

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Thermal mass – flipping marvellous

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Used in combination with insulation and controlled ventilation, thermal mass is one of the keys to achieving really low energy buildings. Read more

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June 25th, 2013

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The power of ‘Off’ – cutting I.T. energy demand by 75%

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Recent research shows that the energy consumption of IT equipment can be cut by more than 75% without reducing productivity. This is no small beer for businesses, the public and voluntary sectors, at a time when energy costs are rising year on year. Here’s how. Read more

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June 18th, 2013

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Finding the first 20% energy saving – office & IT equipment

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We know that most businesses & organizations can cut 20-25% of their energy consumption easily and at very low cost. I.T. is one of those areas where energy consumption (and running costs) are often higher than expected, and where simple changes can produce significant cost savings with no loss of productivity. In the next few blogs we will examine the different aspects of this in detail. Here is a brief introduction. Read more

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June 13th, 2013

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Getting the most from PV systems – 5 things to check

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The introduction of Feed-in Tariffs rapidly moved PV from a niche to a mainstream technology across the UK. Here are five things to keep in mind when specifying or considering PV in a business, home or community building. Read more

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June 5th, 2013

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A review of the Merton Rule in four local councils – what works and how it can be improved

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This report sets out the findings of research into the impact of Merton Rule-style policies in four Local Planning Authorities in Cambridgeshire.

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