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June 2008

Free guide to alternatives to uPVC windows
Sustainable Homes in conjunction with Hastoe Housing Association has produced a residents guide on alternatives to uPVC windows. Sustainable Homes, a training and advisory consultancy operating in the field of sustainable housing, specialises in providing training on environmental standards, such as the Code for Sustainable Homes and EcoHomes for new build and existing buildings ... more   back to top

Merton Rules OK !
Merton Council has been recognised at a national awards ceremony celebrating local government achievements. The LGC (Local Government Chronicle) Awards were held recently and Merton picked up an award in the Sustainable Environment category, for the borough's work on its nationally renowned Merton Rule guidance... more
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Low impact plans praised
A proposed 'low impact' eco village planned for rural Pembrokeshire has been praised highly as a benchmark for environmental rural regeneration by the Design Commission for Wales. The proposal, by Lammas Low Impact Initiatives Ltd, is for a new settlement of 9 eco-smallholdings, a campsite and a community hub building... more  back to top

Eastbourne homes get the green light
A row of state-of-the-art eco-friendly houses will be built in Eastbourne. Town planners approved the five family homes going on the site of existing dilapidated garage blocks at the rear... more
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Competition to find new green
building materials

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest £4 million in collaborative research projects leading to the development of new green building materials. The Components and Materials for Low Impact Buildings competition is intended to stimulate the development of new materials to help meet targets for zero carbon and low water usage in new buildings.

This funding competition is the first activity of the new Low Impact Building Innovation Platform, which was launched by the Technology Strategy Board on 8 May. The Platform aims to enhance the construction industry's response to regulatory and procurement driven markets for lower environmental impact of buildings.

The Technology Strategy Board's investment will provide partial funding for winning projects, which must involve businesses working collaboratively with other businesses and/or with research organisations and academic institutions. The organisation will welcome applications for support that involve;

• The development of components or materials for green buildings (reduced energy and water usage, and reduced waste production) that meet consumer needs.

• Overcoming technical barriers and developing new processes for incorporating greener components and materials into buildings.

• Adapting components to make them compatible with greener building.

• Conversion of products already existing in different sectors to address the challenge of lowering the environmental impact of buildings.

Explaining the background to the competition, the Technology Strategy Board's Chief Executive, Iain Gray, said: "The Government has set clear targets to reduce net carbon emissions to zero for new houses from 2016, and for new non-domestic buildings by 2019. UK businesses that meet these exacting standards will be well placed to take advantage of the growing domestic and global demand for environmentally friendly buildings. This competition - which is just the first activity of the new Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform - focuses on the key area of components and materials "

The Technology Strategy Board is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB), established by the Government in 2007 and sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The activities of the Technology Strategy Board are jointly supported and funded by DIUS and other Government Departments, the Devolved Administrations, Regional Development Agencies and Research Councils.

Further information about the competition, including the dates of briefing events and application deadline, is available at Components and materials for low impact buildings.

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House building programme 'is damaging environment'
The South East's strong economy and house building programme may have a high environmental price, a report from the South East Regional Assembly warns. It says just 11 out of 41 targets have been met in the region when it tracked performance on housing, transport, economic and environmental targets... more  back to top

Work about to start on Suffolk green homes Work on 15 new affordable eco homes in Thetford is set to start this summer, a housing association announced last week. Suffolk Housing Society was granted planning permission to build a mix of four flats and 11 homes for rent, sale or shared ownership off Jubilee Close last year. The association's management board approved the £2m... green... more   back to top

Minister says UK needs renewable power
Environmentalists have accused the government of hypocrisy after Business Secretary John Hutton said that the UK should follow the lead of California by investing in renewable power in response to high energy prices. He also said that the only effective way to insulate oil consuming countries from future price increases was... more  back to top 

New homes are green but look conventional Two new green homes built by Raven Housing Trust in South Nutfield, Surrey, have been visited by Housing Corporation Director for the South East, Fiona Cruickshank and members of her staff, who were surprised by how traditional the highly efficient buildings looked. The Mid Street homes are some of the first homes funded by the... more  back to top

Housing Associations told to buy cheap not green
The Housing Corporation is allocating £200 million for Housing Associations to buy up houses which developers are finding hard to sell in the current slightly depressed economic climate. The money, announced recently by prime minister Gordon Brown, will be taken from the existing £8.4 billion national affordable housing programme(NAHP)... more  back to top



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