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 […]

UK insulation robot wins international award

A UK company that developed a robot which insulates homes has bagged an international award. Q-Bot Limited was picked as the best start-up at the Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Awards held at a major industry conference in Seattle, US. The company uses a four-wheeled robot inserted through an air vent to survey […]

Poor quality installations reflect ‘poor knowledge’

A lack of knowledge is being reflected in poor quality installations. That’s according to the owner and director of bioenergy firm Re:heat, Neil Harrison. He told ELN: “There’s very low barriers of entry which means people are coming in with a very low level of knowledge. “There’s not necessarily the support and mechanisms in place […]

Lib Dems pledge to insulate 10m homes by 2025

The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious plans to insulate up to 10 million homes in the next 10 years. The party has announced plans to introduce a new Green Homes Bill to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable heat across the UK in the next Parliament. It has pledged to offer at least £100 […]

One million measures and the dizzy heights of insulation

  On the windy rooftop of a tower block in the heart of Tower Hamlets, the Energy Secretary is hard at work in a hardhat. When ELN arrives, Ed Davey is hearing all about… abseiling. Men dropping themselves down the side of 15-floor buildings may not sound like the obvious way to insulate them. But […]