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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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May 27th, 2013

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Rising energy prices – cost calculator

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For many  consumers expenditure on energy has doubled over the last 5 to 6 years. Here is a free, simple-to-use, energy cost calculator, which allows you to look at the impact of this type of growth on your energy costs and to compare three growth scenarios which you can set. The results are provided as a spreadsheet and graph.

Download the spreadsheet here: Climate Works Ltd Energy cost doubling scenario tool 27-06-2013 Read more

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May 25th, 2013

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Six principles of low carbon design

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Assessment tools such as the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM are a very good way of assessing the environmental impact of new buildings and wrapping together different environmental indicators.

But unless you have a clear strategy for how the building will be ‘low carbon’ it is easy to get lost in the details.

Here are six questions which can help structure your thinking from the outset. Read more

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