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Government sets out plans to cut emissions from heat


On Tuesday, one year on from the launch of the UK’s first ever heat strategy, the Government set out the next steps to ensure affordable, secure, low carbon heating plays an important role in the nation’s energy mix, now and in the years to come.


Viridian Wins Award for Resident Engagement & CO2 Reductions


Viridian Housing Association, a SHIFT member, joined the likes of Sainsbury’s, BT Group and Marks & Spencer, by beating off stiff competition to win the Sustainable City Award for its exceptional work on tackling climate change.


Boost given to solid wall insulation following planning rules change


Energy Minister Greg Barker has announced a clarification in the rules on permitted development, to ease planning restrictions that may have restricted installations of solid wall insulation (SWI).


New government commitment to ‘Zero-Carbon’ from 2016


The UK government provided re-assurance to the green building community in announcing in yesterday’s (March 20th) 2013 Budget, their commitment to ‘zero-carbon’ homes from 2016 (new-build public buildings and non-domestic buildings must be ‘zero-carbon’ from 2018 and 2019 respectively).


Leading roofing provider joins national eco benchmarking group


IKO PLC, UK market leader in innovative roofing and waterproofing solutions, is proud to become the latest corporate partner of the Baker Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).


Millions pledge to do it in the dark this Saturday. Join WWF's Earth Hour

WWF - Earth Hour

One of our key partners has a great idea.  How about millions of us switch off our lights at the same time for an hour.


Comment: Fortress Britain is building insecurity


Not long ago, Manchester City Council laid on a coach tour for policy experts. As we swept into an estate in a deprived part of the city, the whole coachload gasped and the tour guide exclaimed in shock. The square in the centre of the estate was surrounded by 30 foot high spiked railings and the council building at one end resembled a militarised fortress, writes Anna Minton.


Useful sustainability conference coming up – see you there

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At Baker Homes we exhibit throughout the year.  It is a useful way to connect with
people, and hear their views. There is a good event coming up in May when Greenbuild, the professionals' sustainable refurbishment and building event, returns to Manchester Central.

We are sharing stand E18 with a company called Save Water Save Money.  On the stand wewill have our latest offer on carbon assessments of existing homes and a summary of our new training course “Reducing fuel poverty – for housing managers”.  It would be great to see you for chat.  Come and say hello on the 8th and 9th May. 


Eric Pickles taken to court over decision to scrap home energy efficiency policy


A group of leading manufacturers and suppliers of energy efficiency solutions, are taking Eric Pickles to court over his decision to scrap a Government policy that would have made it a requirement for homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties when building an extension. 


Energy Efficiency: Triple Glazing Exceeds ECO Expectations


What is triple glazing?

Triple-glazing is now used instead of double glazing to create more energy-efficient homes. Already popular in Europe, and originally designed for the harsh winters of Canada and Scandinavia, triple glazing is now increasing in popularity in the UK. Modern windows are made from three panes of glass, providing greater thermal insulation than two panes. Double-glazing consists of two layers of glass with an air gap between them. Triple glazing consists of three layers and therefore two air gaps. While the glass is treated to make it more energy efficient, the air gap can be filled with an inert gas that helps to reduce heat loss.


Knowsley development shortlisted for RICS award

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A development of state-of-the-art eco homes that has revitalised an area of Knowsley has


New building standards – what do you think?


April 2013 is the timetabled month for the report on the review of building standards. The review, led by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), has the intent of simplifying standards, avoiding overlap and removing duplication. The press release accompanying the review announcement states that “homes will always need to be built to high sustainability and quality standards”. Annex A of the terms of reference states that the aim is “to achieve tangible deregulation, to enable quality and sustainable housing developments to be brought forward more easily”. However, in the scope section of the terms of reference, regimes such as sustainable drainage and Energy Performance Certificates are described as placing “burdens on businesses during the house building process”.


Scotland - Calls for Further Investment in Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Measures


Scotland's leading organisation representing housing associations and co-operatives has called for the Scottish Government to invest more in fuel poverty and energy efficiency measures in order to help meet its climate change targets and support those in greatest need.


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