PAS 2035

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What is it and what does it mean for you? In May 2019, the British Standards Institute (BSI) published a document called BSI Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2035. You will not have heard about this on the national news. However, if you work in the energy efficiency sector, it will have...

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What the Future of the ECO?

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That’s the question Andrej Miller tried to answer at yesterday’s PEPA conference. Andrej is BEIS’s Head of the ECO – so if anybody should have a clear steer on this, it’s him!  His message was loud and clear. It is the government’s intention to...

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What does Whole House Retrofit mean to me?

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In the 21st Century, one of the key considerations for any homeowner is the energy efficiency of the property. With fuel prices continuing to rise, as well as an environmental imperative to both reduce energy consumption and also to adopt more sustainable energy sourcing, it’s clear that there...

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Labour’s “Warm Homes for all”: public interest policy or electoral spin?

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With the battle for Downing Street well underway, political parties from all areas of the spectrum have begun the tradition of rolling out promises to appeal to the public.In what is arguably one of the most controversial and contentious general elections in living memory, mainstream party leaders...

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Brexit and the future of UK energy efficiency.

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The UK is set to leave the European common market as part of its withdrawal from the EU. However, despite Brexit, the government and several European bodies have recognised that negotiations within the energy sector should take priority prior to any withdrawal agreement, or even in the face of a...

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PAS 2035 and the impact on the Each Home Counts Review.

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In 2015, the government commissioned Dr Peter Bonfield to chair a review of UK home energy efficiency measures and renewable energy measures, standards, enforcement, advice and protection. The idea of the review was to cover issues pertaining to the following questions: • Is there any framework in...

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Will the construction industry modernise, die or stay roughly the same?

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The report cited five drivers for change: a quality-driven agenda, a commitment to people, integrated processes and teams, committed leadership and for a focus on the customer. It called for reform in the construction industry to deliver: integrated project processes, decent and safe working conditions,...

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Dictionary definition of word jargon

Jargon Buster

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A-value Water absorption coefficient of a material in kg/m2s0.5. Absolute Humidity is the measure of water vapor (moisture) in the air, regardless of temperature. It is expressed as grams of moisture per cubic meter of air. (g/m3) ACH Air changes per hour, the number of times per hour that...

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What are the drivers of the construction revolution? Are they for real?

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In my last article I asked whether construction would modernise, die or stay roughly the same. Looking back into recent history suggested that it was likely the status quo would prevail, and many posters shared that sentiment. But are the drivers for change this time around irresistible? Do they...

client confidence, consumer confidence, housing, housing crisis, skills, supply chain

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Should we get #retrofitpositive again?

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When The Green Deal collapsed in 2015-16, the energy efficiency industry was understanbly upset and angry with constantly changing government policy. However, at the time, I wrote that in order to start doing the right things, you have to stop doing the wrong things first. That involved three years...

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Current housebuilding model storing up problems for the future

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Although the UK is falling well short of the Government’s target to build 200,000 new homes a year, the rush by mainstream housebuilders to meet demand whilst maximising profit could, in itself, be storing up problems for the future.

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Standing up for buyers of new homes

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We all know of someone who’s had a bad experience of the housing market, from dealing with incompetent solicitors and unscrupulous agents, to unnecessarily complicated contracts, gazumping and poor workmanship. For many years there was nobody to turn to when things went wrong but thanks to one...

buyers, homeowners alliance, new homes

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Vegetarian construction? It could be the future!

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With the key theme of transforming Europe’s existing housing stock, this year’s International Refurbishment Symposium is set to tackle the many issues facing the retrofit sector with the help of several high-profile speakers. Amongst them at the event – part of Eco Connect London on September...

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The Retrofit Academy CIC Responds to the Each Home Counts (Bonfield) Report

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The Retrofit Academy CIC was set up to address the skills and knowledge gaps that were clearly and obviously impacting upon the quality of retrofit projects being delivered under the ECO and Green Deal. These gaps were largely the result of the failure of the educational establishment to incorporate...

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Leading academics discuss why the time is right to bring global thought-leaders on sustainable refurbishment together

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The idea for an international, high-level symposium on sustainable refurbishment was borne out of frustration. Despite huge investment into R&D by governments and industry, we keep getting sustainable refurbishment wrong. We fail to develop approaches that successfully incentivise uptake....

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