Green homes to make splash at old pool site

Building has begun on more than 40 energy efficient houses at a former swimming pool site in Cumbria. Costing £6 million and due to be ready in 2015, developers say the homes for rent at Grange-over-Sands will bag a level three in the Code for Sustainable Homes based on the building fabrics alone. The national […]

Ash from burnt waste could be made into gas

Ash leftover from rubbish that has been burnt in power stations could be turned into hydrogen gas, according to a new Swedish study. A researcher at Lund University claims to have developed a technique which uses the ash to produce hydrogen gas. The technology works by putting the ash in an oxygen-free environment and dampening […]

Wanted: green house builder

A Scottish Government-funded programme is looking for a partner to design and build a resource-efficient house which could be a template for the construction industry in future. Zero Waste Scotland wants architects, builders and developers to throw their ring into the hat for the project which could potentially save the industry millions every year. The […]

Home heating oil starts Cornish blaze?

A fire which spread to at least five terraced houses in Cornwall is thought to have been caused by a domestic heating oil tank. At least 100 firefighters from the Cornish Fire and Rescue Service tackled the blaze which began on Sunday evening at Well Lane in Constantine, near Falmouth. All residents were accounted for. […]

Big Six must ramp up insulation, says Huhne

Big Six energy suppliers have been told to “pull their finger out” by the Energy Secretary. Chris Huhne said they must ramp up their efforts to insulate British houses if they are to hit government targets for the industry by 2012. Energy companies were told last year to boost how much help they give to […]