‘Green homes saving twice as much energy as expected’

Green homes in the US are saving twice as much energy as predicted. That’s according to green building certification programme, Built Green, which says certified homes used up to 40% less electricity than non-certified homes, in many cases doubling estimated improvements. Researchers analysed data provided by utility Seattle City Light and compared model-based predictions with […]

Centrica buys water tech firm for £13m

Centrica has added a water technology company to its growing “internet of things” portfolio. FlowGem Limited, a UK business developing innovative technology to remotely detect water leaks, has been sold for £13 million to Centrica Connected Home. The Connected Home part of the business specialises in the “internet of things”, which is the interconnection of […]

Green home opens its doors

A Scottish couple are to open the doors of their green home to the public this weekend. Sandy and Ann Dickson will invite Ayrshire residents into their inspirational green home as part of a series of ‘Green Designs’ open doors events managed by the Energy Saving Trust. Visitors can look around, speak to the owners […]

Eco home goes back to the future

Billed as the ‘House of the Future’ when it was first built 15 years ago, Watford’s INTEGER House has had a makeover to bring it back up to date. ELN reporter Thomas Grimwood went on a tour with John O’Brien, Principal Consultant for building research firm BRE to check it out.

Japan could overtake US and Germany on solar

Japan is on the verge of installing more than 5 gigawatts (GW) of new solar power capacity, taking it ahead of the United States, Italy and Germany in 2013. The new research shows the Japanese photovoltaic (PV) market is set to grow by 120% this year. Installations are expected to exceed 1 GW in the […]

Energy waste in households research gets funding

Bath University has secured a grant of £1.5 million from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council for research into energy efficient behaviour. Academics are investigating attitudes to energy use in the home and aim to design an innovative ‘smart system’ to change habits and reduce energy-driven carbon emissions. The team says the UK’s move […]

House buyers to get better energy information on prospective houses

Energy information on properties will be made clearer through new and improved Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). According to the Government, homebuyers will now have a better idea of how to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Alongside the recommendations for improvements, the new certificates will indicate to the consumer whether they can be funded […]

Government set to save £1.3m through energy management

The Home Office has entered into energy management contracts with public service provider Amey and British Gas Business across 90% of its estate on a ‘payment by results’ basis. The contracts come after the two companies saved the department £212,000 in eight months. The scheme aims to save £1.3 million through making 350 government buildings […]