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Green Register's Take on Ecobuild

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

The Green Register (TGR) had a small-but-perfectly-formed stand at Ecobuild in Earl's Court this year. The position of our stand was much better than last year's so we received many more visitors including lots of familiar faces - friends, fellow colleagues and TGR members - and all of us staffing the stand were grateful for these visits which kept us going throughout the 3 days.

But we had lots of interest from those who hadn't heard of us. Sadly some industry professionals were telling us that they have been made redundant, yet they were interested in using this time to gain more skills, particularly in sustainability – which is where TGR can help! It was good to have the...

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UK Government CO2e Targets & Seeing Through the Eco-hype

Posted on August 7th, 2009

Guest blog by Robert Borruso, TGR Expert Trainer

The profile of renewable technologies has been growing relentlessly over the past few years, spurred on by countless government initiatives and regulation. Some planning authorities now even insist that a proportion of all the energy used in any new development comes from renewables sources as a planning condition. With the latest targets for UK CO2e emission levels set at 34% below 1990 levels by 2020, and with the government’s own delivery plan containing plans to cut CO2 emissions from the power sector by 50%, you could start to tentatively believe that the promise being made since the early 90s by some green groups that with...


Full House at New Accredited Eco-Refurbishment Course

Posted on July 23rd, 2009

The Green Register held its new Accredited Eco-refurbishment seminar in Bristol on 24th June with a satisfyingly full house. We had three things in mind when creating this course - architects workload slowing down, people not being able to afford to move (and so needling to refurbish/expand their current abode) and the demand for advice on refurbishing houses using eco-principles and hey presto the course was born.

There were so many aspects of eco-refurbishment we wanted to explore on the day that we ended up having 9 speakers and they did a fine job of covering all the main issues. We started off with Forum for the Future describing their Refit West programme, followed by Arup...


Thrifty Dave, Darling Alistair & the G20

Posted on February 23rd, 2009

It pains me to say this and even more to write it down but ‘Thrifty Dave’ (aka David Cameron) is correct in that the way forward through the economic gloom is to become more thrifty, although quite how the Tories intend to achieve this is not clear, least of all to themselves. We cannot ‘grow our way out of a recession’ as darling Alistair stated last week in the Budget report and at the G20 meeting held in London a few weeks ago our great leaders went even further by closing their eyes and throwing inconceivable amounts of money at the problem, perhaps hoping that the sheer number of bank notes would patch up the gaping hole in the economy.

I do not for one minute claim to be any...

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