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Leading Housing Association team learns lots from Passivhaus site visit

Posted on July 5th, 2018

Stephen Edwards| Catalyst Housing

Stephen Edwards sustainability manager of Catalyst Housing summarises a recent Green Register site visit.

Catalyst are one of the UK’s leading housing associations and Green Register members. They are a member of the G15 group and provide a wide range of affordable housing with over 21,000 homes in London and the South East. In May 2018, Catalyst Housing’s Sustainability Team invited colleagues from the Property and...

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Where next for Energy Efficiency?

Posted on July 13th, 2017

Jonathan Atkinson | Carbon Coop

Jonathan Atkinson, Project Manager of The Carbon Coop based in Manchester, argues that community lead whole house retrofit can be achieved at quality and reasonable cost and so should inform government strategy and policy

Just about everybody agrees that the UK is not building enough new homes. There have been a number of legislative attempts to up the numbers, but with government finances likely to remain stretched,...

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More new homes? Let’s look at some radical alternative options.

Posted on May 31st, 2017

John Palmer| Enhabit Ltd

John Palmer MD of low-energy buildings consultancy, Enhabit Ltd, summarises The Good Homes Alliance's recent Alternative Housing Model Seminar. 

Just about everybody agrees that the UK is not building enough new homes. There have been a number of legislative attempts to up the numbers, but with government finances likely to remain stretched, perhaps now is the time for some radical alternative options

The...

Posted in Events, General News, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Sustainable Development

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Understanding Deodorant and Squirrels better (and of course more) thanks to the recent Indoor Air Quality, Air Tightness and Ventilation event

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

Mike Andrews | Energy Saving Experts

Mike Andrews, Director and founder of The Energy Saving Experts, comments on The Green Register's recent Indoor Air Quality event. 

I recently attended The Green Register’s training day ‘Indoor Air Quality, Air Tightness and Ventilation’, and like many of their courses I have attended over the years, I found it an extremely interesting and enjoyable day. My main business is providing Part L calculations, so why...

Posted in Building envelope, Events, Retrofit

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Influencing national builders merchants' definition of sustainability

Posted on April 24th, 2017

Will Kirkman | EcoMerchant

Will Kirkman, co-owner and managing director of EcoMerchant, reflects on how green focused building professionals involved in high standard builds, (self, custom or private) can influence how national builders merchants define sustainability.

One of the criticisms in the government’s “...

Posted in General News, Have your say, Retrofit, Sustainable Development

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Local authorities' new kid on the block - can they help today's broken housing market?

Posted on March 1st, 2017

Dan Weisselberg | The Green Register

Dan Weisselberg, The Green Register's Business Development and Outreach Manager shares his views on the broad role Passivhaus can play in our broken housing market.

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Posted in General News, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Sustainable Development

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What would improve the quality of energy strategies submitted at the planning stage?

Posted on February 1st, 2017

Chris Hocknell | Eight Associates

Chris Hocknell, Eight associates’ Technical Director shares his views on how to evaluate and improve the quality of energy strategies at planning. Eight Associates are members of The Green Register.

Energy strategies require careful evaluation at planning. An effective energy statement provides a roadmap for those working on the strategy post-planning approval – ultimately dictating the building’s energy...

Posted in Building envelope, Carbon emissions, Features, Legislation, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Recommended

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A Passivhaus ‘Feast’ | The Green Register Passivhaus ‘Bitesize’ Courses

Posted on January 1st, 2017

Neil Turner | EBS

In November I attended a series of four half day Passivhaus ‘bitesize’ courses run by The Green Register (TGR), Warm and AECB CarbonLite in Bristol. Based on my career background (previously with Warmcel and now with TGR partners EBS: www.ecologicalbuildingsystems.com) I was fully aware of the typical building envelope insulation and airtightness requirements for Passivhaus construction but wanted to...

Posted in Events, Features, Have your say, Recommended

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Building Facades - Can they mitigate rising urban temperatures?

Posted on December 1st, 2016

Brian Murphy | Green Building Encyclopaedia

A recent announcement anticipated temperatures of 48 degrees C in London in 2050, 14 degrees higher than the Midlands peak of 34 degrees C in July 2016. Urban climate specialists argue that building façade design needs to respond to alleviate the consequences of future high temperatures.

Today’s 100% glazed sealed facades, favoured by letting agents and developers, (and often essential in the noisy trafficked and...

Posted in Building envelope, Carbon emissions, Have your say, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Uncategorised

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A day out with The Green Register

Posted on November 1st, 2016

Bronwen Thomas | Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards

A window to another world… airtightness, wet stone, fancy sticky tape and ‘breathing’ walls. How we can reduce energy use, but through two very different methods, but with the same concern for moisture within the wall.

When I agreed to facilitate a day of TGR training, I wasn’t bargaining for such a mind expanding day that covered everything from the cultural impact of weather on the urban geography of the British Isles, to magic...

Posted in Building envelope, Events, General News, Have your say, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Recommended

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