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Show Homes – An effective force for inspiring domestic retrofit

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If this Government is serious about cutting carbon emissions and renovating our aged housing stock, then it must stimulate demand. The SuperHomes network has attracted over 1 million visits to its articles, videos and houses. What better way is there to create demand than by supporting initiatives which are proven to work?

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Solar shading impact report

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Against the backdrop of global warming and rising energy prices, there is a pressing need to design buildings that do not overheat, exploiting passive design strategies. In this context, the British Blind & Shutter Association commissioned the National Energy Foundation (NEF) to assess the impact of solar shading in the UK built environment. NEF’s Solar Shading Impact report presents an evidence-based investigation into the current and potential impact of solar shading, leveraging on the full benefits intrinsic to the optimal use of shading.

Housing retrofits – a new start

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In November 2016 The Energy Technologies Institute shared its Housing retrofits – a new start report aimed at the government and industry. It makes the case that progress with retrofits will depend on recognising that efficiency savings are a very weak driver. Improved comfort and amenity are stronger drivers.

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Upgrading and insulating traditional stone buildings

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If you are exploring how to insulate a traditional stone building, you will find this helpful.  Anthony Gwynne of Forest of Dean Council has written a detailed report on upgrading stone buildings.

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STBA’s moisture risk assessment and guidance

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STBA’s moisture risk assessment and guidance report explores the problems caused by moisture in buildings and the mechanisms for moisture transfer. At the time of sharing it here, this is still a draft consultation document.

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The Retrofit factfile – making the case for retrofit

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The Retrofit factile is a short summary of facts and publications relevant to retrofit – the upgrading of existing homes to new energy efficient standards. It makes the case for retrofit and goes on to explore the potential benefits for buildings, people and the economy.

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Solid Wall Insulation – Unlocking Demand and Driving up Standards – Hansford

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Solid Wall Insulation – Unlocking Demand and Driving up Standards is the report that followed a review commissioned by The Green Construction Board, led by Peter Hansford and published in November 2015.

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Each Home Counts – Bonfield Review

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Each Home Counts was published in December 2016. It followed a review by Peter Bonfield exploring the potential for a better quality and standards framework within the renewables/energy efficiency sector.

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Building the Future – The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient

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Published in October 2014, Building the Future makes the case for the same radical new approach to home  energy efficiency called for by The Energy Bill Revolution. This campaign calls for all low income homes to be improved, by 2025, to bring them up to B and C on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and for all other households to be offered 0% interest loans to improve their homes to an equivalent EPC standard by 2035; delivered as part of a major infrastructure investment programme.

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Energy Efficiency Benchmarks for SuperHomes Report

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The Energy Efficiency Benchmarks for SuperHomes Report reveals that, on average, SuperHomes are using 40% less energy per square metre per year than the average UK home.

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