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Guide to Hiring an Asbestos Abatement Company

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Hiring an asbestos abatement company, and not doing it yourself, is the wisest and safest decision when it comes to removing asbestos from any residential, commercial or public building. Asbestos abatement companies will properly test for the toxic mineral, follow strict regulations and processes, and carry the right abatement removal equipment to keep them, others and you safe from exposure. The Asbestos Abatement guide assists with this.

Asbestos.com is a website and advocacy group that helps the victims of asbestos exposure and their loved ones. They connect visitors with the resources they need to understand and fight asbestos-related disease, all at no cost. They research the latest data about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases to ensure an accurate, up-to-date site, and maintain relationships with doctors and cancer centers to promote patient access to cutting-edge treatment.

Their free services include: providing literature on asbestos and related diseases; providing access to our on-staff nurse; matching patients up with qualified doctors in their area; managing a support group for asbestos victims and their families; helping veterans receive VA benefits for asbestos diseases; educating the public about Social Security disability and legal options; and much more.

 

 

The Retrofit Pattern Book

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The Retrofit Pattern Book is bringing tried and tested retrofit techniques out into the open. This online guide allows designers and manufacturers to show their best practice details to others, at the same time opening up the possibility that refinements and incremental improvements might be discussed and suggested by peers.

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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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LogPile – wood fuel and wood fuel equipment database

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LogPile is the National Energy Foundation’s online database designed to help the general public find suppliers of wood fuel (logs, pellets, etc) and wood fuel equipment (stoves, boilers, etc).

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Passive House Association of Ireland

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The Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI) works to increase awareness of the benefits of low energy design and Passive House Principles across the Irish construction industry.

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SAVE

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Not a business but a local voluntary initiative: SAVE (Support Aylesbury Vale’s Environment) is an active network of 150+ individuals. Many of these represent local community groups with Transition, environmental, waste, energy, conservation, economic, and social community interests, with a direct voice into local communities within the Vale.

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Climate Week

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Climate Week is a national campaign inspiring action on Climate Change. In March each year it culminates in thousands of events showcasing practical ways to combat climate change . In 2011 over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK. To register an event or to find one to attend near you, visit www.climateweek.com

UK Green Open Home Networks

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There are a growing number of Green Open Home Networks across the UK hosting annual events to encourage you to retrofit and refurbish your home. They usually take place in the months shown. For groups opening for the first time in 2014 also see the Green Open Homes website.

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BREEAM Domestic Refurb Scheme

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BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment is a design and assessment method for sustainable domestic refurbishment projects, helping to improve the sustainability and environmental performance of existing dwellings in a robust way.

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Good Homes Alliance

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The Good Homes Alliance (GHA) is a group of housing developers, building professionals and other industry supporters whose aim is to transform the UK housing sector to ensure Good Homes are built that are sustainable in the broadest sense.

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