Green Deal

Alongside the ECO scheme the coalition government’s flagship environmental scheme the Green Deal was launched on 28th January 2013  The Green Deal provided a novel financing mechanism, whereby the costs of retrofit measures would be levied on household electricity bills over a fixed period. The initiative was governed by a ’golden rule’; whereby the energy savings resulting from the measures[…]

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Benchmarking for energy efficiency

A key niche market in the low energy build sphere is the Passivhaus standard. The core focus of Passivhaus design is to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling. The Passivhaus standard was developed in Germany in the early 1990s by Professors Bo Adamson of Sweden and Wolfgang Feist of Germany and the first dwellings to be completed[…]

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City and metropolitan level policy

Devolution of climate change policy and target setting to a regional or local authority level, has largely remained voluntary in the UK. However spurred on by the Localism act of 2011 there has been a number of bottom up initiatives, such as the Nottingham Declaration, where a number of UK local authorities in 2000 pledging to tackle climate change at[…]

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