UK commits £2.5m for low emission retrofit technologies

It will support testing of new technologies for the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme

Nottingham homes future-proofed with green upgrades

A number of homes near Nottingham have become the first in the country to be upgraded to the energy efficiency standards expected in 2050. The 10 apartments in Sneinton have been fitted with new outside walls, a solar roof and upgraded heating systems as part of a pilot project designed to make older homes more […]

Fifth of Britons rate interior deco over green upgrades

More than a fifth of people in the UK would prioritise building an annex to get more space in their home above investing in energy saving measures. That’s according to the results of a Europe-wide 8,000 person survey published by E.ON, which asked respondents what they would do if they had to spend a large […]

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 […]

Retrofitting shopping centres ‘could be key to EU efforts’

Retrofitting shopping centres could play a significant role in reaching Europe’s green goals. That’s according to the EU-funded CommONEnergy project, which says “temples of consumerism” need to be turned into “lighthouses of sustainable consumer behavior”, by being properly accounted for in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The research adds wholesale & retail sites represent 28% of non-residential […]

Is the government planning a diesel scrappage scheme?

The UK Government is reportedly planning to propose a scrappage scheme for older diesel cars. Motorists are expected to be offered cash to scrap or retrofit polluting diesel vehicles that emit high levels of nitrogen dioxide. It is part of the government’s plan to tackle air pollution in the country. The Department for Environment, Food […]

Finnish ferry finally forgets fossil fuels

The oldest operating ferry in Finland has been converted to electric power. Heavy duty electric vehicle and machinery manufacturer Visedo retrofitted the historic Föri ferry in the city of Turku with a new zero emission drivetrain to deliver greater efficiency, less noise and reduced operating costs. The boat, which was previously converted from steam power to […]

New scheme ensures retrofits are done right

A new scheme aims to make sure domestic energy efficiency retrofits are properly carried out. The initiative, which has been launched by construction industry approvals body the British Board of Agrément (BBA), will focus on reducing the risk of cavity wall insulation being improperly installed in homes. The Cavity Assessment Surveillance Scheme (CASS) checks the […]

‘Show Homes could inspire energy efficiency retrofits’

The UK Government should increase its support of ‘Show Homes’ to inspire energy efficient retrofits. That’s according to a new study from the National Energy Foundation (NEF), which demonstrates the benefits of Show Homes in raising awareness of energy savings through retrofit and renovation. In particular, it identifies the award-winning SuperHomes as beacons of inspiration for homeowners – these are more […]

Lithuania gets €90m to upgrade apartment block efficiency

Lithuania has secured €90 million (£78.11m) to upgrade the energy efficiency of its multi-apartment buildings. Through the ‘Jessica II’ fund, Šiaulių Bankas and the European Investment Bank (EIB) will finance the refurbishment and modernisation of at least 9,000 apartments. Helping domestic home-owners cut their energy bills and improve the living quality of their homes is one of the key […]