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Treasury propose carbon tax for charities and public bodies

October 23, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Treasury has published a consultation on streamlining carbon reporting. Hidden in the consultation, aptly named “Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape” is a proposal for charities and public bodies to report, and potentially pay tax, for their carbon emissions.
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Tackling overheating in the home – National survey

November 20, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
We know there are already cases of homes overheating in the UK and that the incidence and severity is likely to worsen as our climate changes. What we don’t know is how much of a concern overheating is within the mainstream energy efficiency and construction sectors and whether organisations are already gearing up to address this issue.
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The Future’s Bright

October 9, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
InnovateUK, the UK’s innovation agency, is at the cutting edge of developing ways to undertake retrofit cost-effectively and at scale. Lead technologist Rick Holland describes its work and why, despite challenges in securing funding, the future is bright for retrofit.
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Local trades should be at the forefront of making retrofit work

October 2, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
The arguments for reducing energy demand in housing are well rehearsed –   carbon emissions, energy security, living costs and the scourge of fuel poverty. The benefits are multiple, both directly and indirectly, improving housing quality, economic and environmental sustainability, and providing employment in the process.
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Missing a trick? New homes should mean greener old ones

September 19, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes, analyses the recent government announcements on Allowable Solutions – an article which was published by Sustain magazine on 15 July 2014.
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Housing association reduces energy bills by £750 per home

September 10, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
On one of our SHIFT visits to Sanctuary Housing we had the opportunity to view a recently refurbished home. It was the first home refurbished as part of Sanctuary’s forward thinking ambition to ensure that all their homes achieve carbon reduction levels that align with the UK’s commitment.
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Let’s get retrofit for the future

August 18, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
This is an opinion piece by Andrew Eagles from Sustainable Homes, which was published by Inside Housing.
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Regulation restricting CO2 grows from 50 to 500 laws globally

July 30, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
Legislation plays a fundamental role in tackling climate change.  New research, conducted in collaboration between Globe International and the London School of Economics, shows a dramatic increase in the climate laws. The findings of the study illustrate that the world’s stock of climate legislation has risen steeply, from fewer than 50 in 2000 to almost 500 in 2013! Those are becoming more ambitious as countries realise the benefits of tackling climate change and discovered that the costs are manageable.

Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use (Part 3 of 3)

July 16, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.

Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use (Part 2 of 3)

July 15, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.
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Obama – No other country has done as much to reduce energy use (Part 1 of 3)

July 14, 2014 | Sustainable Homes
The historic decree issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency  in June on behalf of President Obama to cut emissions from power plants by 30% was by no means the last word in America’s path to a low carbon future, but it has nevertheless spurred prospects for a global deal on climate change. It also shows that leadership on this issue is possible, especially when the arguments are reframed more along public health grounds, bringing US public opinion onside and isolating Congress.
 
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