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UK criticised for “woeful” air quality plans

Air pollution in the UK is at unacceptably high levels and the government has been criticised for not taking the issue seriously, following the release of a “woeful” and “disappointingly…

Post-occupancy study shows Passivhaus saves a fortune

The UK’s first document archive to be built to Passivhaus standard has saved the owners about £60,000 (AU$103,000) a year in bills, a post-occupancy study has revealed. The savings are…

Energy efficient public buildings get a boost in Europe

Upgrading Europe’s school, hospitals and other public buildings will now become easier following the Europe Commission’s change to energy performance contract (EPC) rules. The Commission has also launched the pilot…

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Europe’s net zero ambitions not backed up by actions

In both the UK and Europe the aspiration to meet net zero emissions by the middle of the century (in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change) is not yet backed up by measures to achieve that goal.

Impact investment moves into new sectors

You can now buy a bond in the UK that will reward you for prisoners who don’t re-offend. It’s called the Peterborough social impact or prison bond.

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How can we stop building occupants wasting energy?

You’ve probably heard stories about pesky building occupants who just won’t go along with what the clever designers intended for their low-energy building. There has been much head-scratching about how…

Energy management provider Simble cracks UK market

A recently upgraded energy management platform from Australian software as a service (SaaS) company Simble is making its mark in the both the Australian and UK markets thanks to its partnership with major lighting manufacturer Powercor.

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How construction can improve social value

A movement is underway in the UK to encourage the construction industry to do more to improve civil society cohesion and ethics. This is steering the direction of Government legislation.

Graphene stars in Passivhaus retrofit of Victorian townhouses

Graphene stars in Passivhaus retrofit of Victorian townhouses

Passivehaus homes used to have a distinctive look but with the help of a few prize-winning materials such as graphene there’s now more variation in look and style than ever before – even Victorian-era townhouses are getting the Passivehaus treatment.