Could transparent wood be the building block to a cleaner future?

Researchers made the material by removing a light-absorbing component from the cell walls of balsa wood and injecting acrylic and polyethylene glycol

Home being tested with a thermal scanner
London homes ‘most energy efficient in the country’

A new report suggests people living in Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and the City of London pay among the lowest bills in England and Wales

E.ON uses satellite imagery to tackle fuel poverty

It has teamed up with space experts to use near real-time and archived data to reduce heat loss in homes

Ukraine gets €53m energy efficiency boost

The IFC, a member of the World Bank, will manage the funding from the EU and Germany

New £10m recycling facility turns glass into insulation

The plant at St Helens is capable of processing more than 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars

Ireland extends energy efficiency grants for households

Ireland has extended the range of grants and level of financial support for householders who want to make their homes more energy efficient. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) said around 1.7 million homes could be eligible for new and increased grants. They range from €300 (£265m) for attic insulation to €700 (£617) for […]

Liverpool council’s energy saving deal with E.ON

Liverpool City Council is launching a £1.5m warmer homes scheme alongside Big Six supplier E.ON. The deal will offer all private landlord tenants and homeowners, up to £775 worth of free or subsidised insulation and boiler discounts, for those who are eligible. They don’t have to be an E.ON customer. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: […]

Firms to tackle non-destructive testing of pipes under insulation

A consortium of organisations is to tackle the non-destructive testing (NDT) of corroded pipes under insulation and temporary engineered pipe wraps. It is said to be one of the major challenges in the North Sea. The group, which includes the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, TRAC Oil & Gas and the University […]

Experts advise further insulation and cladding tests

A panel of experts have suggested large scale insulation and cladding tests to help landlords make decisions on measures they may need to put in place to make their buildings safe. It follows the fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which led to at least 79 deaths. The tests will help establish how different types […]

Mancunian community energy finds key to home retrofits

A community energy group in Manchester has found a way to effectively carry out domestic energy efficiency retrofits. Carbon Co-op says its Community Green Deal can cut energy consumption and emissions by up to 60% by combining expert technical advice and supervision with a modest financial incentive, in this case a zero-interest loan. By bringing multiple […]