House Construction

07 May Combined knowledge

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems have the potential to reduce carbon emissions significantly, as well as being able to displace a proportion of Grid-supplied electricity with locally generated, lower carbon electricity. Paul Riding, head of innovation, Calor, discusses. With residential and commercial developers increasingly under...

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10 Apr Lino’s share

Julie Dempster, marketing manager, Forbo Flooring Systems looks at the environmental benefits of linoleum. With an influx of manufacturers claiming to have strong environmental credentials, specifiers need to be able to identify the most sustainable products available. In order to select products, specifiers need to consider...

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11 Mar Simple measures

A review of insulation materials reveals that PIR provides a simple solution to constructing greener buildings, says Dale Kaszycki, marketing manager, EcoTherm Insulation (UK). While the construction industry continues to work towards the ultimate goal of zero carbon buildings, improving the energy-efficiency of existing housing stock...

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12 Feb Future vision

Wool, if it were to be invented tomorrow, would be hailed as an environmental super material, says Mark Lynn, commercial and technical director, Second Nature. In Watford, just north of London, a remarkable building has recently been completed. The Natural House, a project undertaken by The Prince’s...

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10 Jan Refurb challenge

Denise Freeman, head of marketing, Sto discusses how wsing External Wall Insulation Systems can address the big issue of inefficient housing stock. We all know the figures: 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050; 30% of all carbon emissions come from housing; 80% of the houses...

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18 Dec VIPS: the next generation insulation

New solutions must be found for those problem areas where, increasingly, the space available for insulation is at a premium, says Tony Millichap, technical manager, Kingspan Insulation. VIPS: the next generation insulationThere is increasing pressure on the construction industry to develop new approaches to the issue...

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20 Nov Plumb Center’s eco credentials acknowledged

Plumb Center was recognised as Best Plumbing and Heating Merchant (Environmental Focus) at the recent Builders' Merchants Awards for Excellence. Having been short listed in the final three, the company's dedication to promoting sustainability and renewable technologies throughout its business helped to secure the coveted...

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