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Lockdown Silver Linings

Posted on June 22nd, 2020

Although lockdown has been stressful at times, one silver lining has been the positive impact quarantine measures have had on the environment. Photos have shown the increase in visibility thanks to a drop in air pollution, the levels of harmful gases such as nitrogen dioxide have fallen in cities across the UK, and wildlife has been seen exploring urban areas that are now much quieter.

As lockdown continues to ease across the UK, our team at TGR have been thinking about the different environmentally-friendly aspects of quarantine that we can continue to practice. Some of the pledges we have made are:
• Walking or cycling as much as possible
• Having local...

Posted in General News, Have your say


Job opportunity at Haworth Tompkins- Head of Sustainability & Regenerative Design

Posted on July 4th, 2019

A new job has opened up at one of our members- Haworth Tompkins - in London.

Haworth and Tompkins has a strong reputation for work in the cultural, urban regeneration, educational and residential sectors. The team puts enormous effort into understanding a building’s context and the needs of its users, a process which often yields original or unconventional solutions.

The studio’s projects include: the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. They are looking for an experienced candidate to continue to develop and lead the practice’s sustainability and regenerative design strategy. The...

Posted in General News


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...


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,...


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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: 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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