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Planning Responsible Retrofit – guidance wheel and report

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The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) has produced a guidance wheel and a report to assist those planning to refurbish an old building. This is particularly helpful for heritage properties where extra care must be taken to ensure any changes made work in harmony with the existing fabric of the building.

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SuperHomes Research Report 2014 Highlights

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Many interesting findings have emerged from our SuperHomes Research Report of 2014. The report brings together feedback from Visitors to SuperHomes, website visitors, enquirers and SuperHome owners. The results are helping to demonstrate the positive impact of our work and eco refurbishment in general.

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Green Deal and ECO Annual Report 2014

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In December 2014 DECC released both its Green Deal and ECO Annual Report and its related latest monthly statistics. Here are some helpful figures from these documents…

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EST heat pump trial Phase 2 Report

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The first wave of heat pump installations in the UK to 2010 look to have left some customers disappointed. It is, therefore, some relief that recomissioning (ie. resizing) and installation of some of the poor performers, means that the EST Heat Pump Trial Phase 2 report (2010-13) is significantly more upbeat.

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Exploring the time dimension of low carbon retrofit

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In Exploring the time dimension of low carbon retrofit: owner-occupied housing Tina Fawcett puts the case for a staged approach to home refurbishment over time as opposed to a major one-off house retrofit.

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At Home with Water report on domestic water use

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In July 2013 the Energy Saving Trust published its At Home with Water report. Some 100,000 households answered an on-line questionnaire about their water use.

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Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery in new homes report

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Published in July 2013, Zero Carbon Hub’s Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery in new homes report points up some potential problems that installers must learn to avoid:

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Effect of EPC ratings on house prices report

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Improve an old home in England from EPC G to A/B rating and its value may increase by 14% says a June 2013 DECC report .

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Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings Report

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The Sustainable Traditional Building Alliance has voiced strong concerns in its report, Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings, which examines existing research and guidance on the retrofit of pre-1919 buildings.

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Understanding Overheating Guide

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The NHBC Foundation has published a guide for house builders, designers and renovators which could be invaluable as global warming means rising temperatures for UK homeowners.

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