Energy-efficient housing project wins Stirling Prize for architecture

Goldsmith Street in Norwich was crowned this year’s winner of the award, which aims to celebrate the UK’s best new building

CCC: UK homes are ‘largely unprepared for climate change’

The Committee on Climate Change warns the nation’s legally-binding climate targets will not be met without the reduction of emissions from buildings

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Inefficient new-build homes add £200 per year to energy bills

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit says scrapping the Zero Carbon Homes policy was an error

Dutch-style domestic efficiency upgrades halve energy bills

Nottingham City Council has secured more than £5 million in funding from the EU to extend the programme

Major European banks pilot energy efficiency mortgages

Under such schemes, buyers can get reduced interest rates on their mortgages for greener and more energy efficient homes

Northern Ireland halved fuel poverty between 2011 and 2016

The Housing Executive said the improvement was largely due to lower average fuel prices, improved energy efficiency and increased income

New process to speed up small-scale energy storage connections

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a new fast-track application process for connecting small-scale electricity storage projects. The online process, an upgrade from a lengthy paper application form, is expected to help domestic and commercial customers in London and the South East save time and money. That includes those who generate electricity from solar panels […]

Neighbour endorsements best sales tool for solar arrays?

Would you install a solar array because you’ve seen one on your neighbour’s roofs? New research from the London School of Economics (LSE) found households, businesses and farms are more likely to install solar panels if others in the neighbourhood have done so. It suggests neighbour endorsements spur installation as it decreases concerns of solar […]

Brits see future homes powered by sweat, sewage and renewables

The British public see future homes powered by sweat, sewage and more renewable energy. That’s according to a poll, which asked more than 2,800 Brits for their predictions on future sources of energy in homes. The majority (91%) of them believe there will be changes in the way homes are powered while 84% of them […]

Up to 1.5m ‘cold homes’ in Scotland

There are up to 1.5 million cold homes in Scotland. That’s according to figures released by the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland, whose members include WWF Scotland, Changeworks and the National Insulation Association. They urge all political parties to commit to ridding Scotland of the “scourge” of cold homes by 2025. According to its fact sheet, Glasgow […]