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Links for home owners, builders & renovators
  • Act on CO2: A handy money-saving guide to help cut energy consumption and carbon emissions from the home. Covers everything from recycling the growing your own food. Visit their website to find out how climate change could affect you, which now also includes a laymans guide to Feed-in-Tariffs.

  • National Trust Green Energy: For every 1850 KW of electricity generated by fossil fuelled power station one tonne of CO2 is released to the atmosphere. The quickest and easiest way to cut your carbon footprint is to switch to a renewable energy provider. The National Trust in partnership with Npower offer a 'green energy' product that guarantees you only receive energy from renewable sources, without paying extra for the privilege.

  • Old Home Superhome: A campaign run by the Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA), the UK's leading not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable eco retrofit within the private sector. By establishing a network of retrofit 'show homes' up and down the country, their aim is to share experienced based knowledge with other budding ecovators. If you've completed an eco refurbishment and improved energy efficiency by over a 60% the SEA would love to hear from you. See their website for more information.

  • AECB: The Association for Environment Conscious Building is a network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. It brings together builders, architects, designers, manufacturers, housing associations and local authorities, to develop, share and promote best practice in environmentally sustainable building.

  • Association for the Conservation of Energy: ACE aims to reduce overall energy demand to ensure a secure and sustainable energy future. Through our lobbying, campaigning and research we help to achieve sensible and consistent policy, legislation and targets. ACE works to raise a positive awareness of energy conservation and encourage increased investment in all energy saving measures.

  • Climate Outreach and Information Network: COIN is a charity formed in 2004 to directly engage the public about climate change. COIN inspires lasting changes in attitudes and behaviour through the use of innovative action learning methods and by assisting people to communicate their own messages to their peers.

  • Great British Refurb: A campaign promoted by Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs which encourages people to "Live in a low energy home that is cheaper to run, more comfortable to live in and massively reduces your carbon emissions". Visit their website to join

  • UK Green Building Council: The UK-GBC was launched in February 2007 to bring clarity, purpose and co-ordination of sustainability strategy to the sector. The Government's ‘Sustainable Buildings Task Group’ had earlier reported that no one body or organisation was providing clear direction for the sector as a whole. The UK-GBC was established to fulfil this role.

Links for commercial building property managers
  • Carbon Trust: The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. They provide specialist support to help business and the public sector cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. If a 0% pay-as-you-save business loan would help your business 'go green' visit the Carbon Trust.

  • Display Energy Certificates: A DEC is mandatory for every publich building in the UK. Typically displayed near the door of every school, library, police station and council building, this commercial Energy Performance Certificate is designed to show you, the taxpayer, how efficient or how wasteful your public buildings are. If you answer to shareholders, investors or a board, you could be next for a mandatory DEC.

Links for RSL's, local authorities & social housing providers
  • Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University: The ECI's publication "HOME TRUTHS: A LOW CARBON STRATEGY TO REDUCE UK HOUSING EMISSIONS BY 80%" is a must-read for any housing association or RSL looking to cut carbon emissions and eliviate fuel poverty. If you're looking for answers or a low carbon action plan start with Brenda's executive summary

  • CESP: A £350m Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) which is designed to improve energy efficiency standards and permanently reduce fuel bills for low income areas.

  • CERT: The £3.2 billion Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) is the Government’s primary mechanism for improving the energy efficiency of the existing housing stock. Local authorities and Registered Social Landlord’s (RSL) can utilise the funding available from the energy suppliers to fund carbon reduction
    measures in their own housing stock and to set up schemes to improve private sector housing in their area.

  • CSEP: The Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) is an open grants programme run by BRE as an award partner of the Big Lottery Fund. CSEP will provide £8 million to community-based organisations for the installation of microgeneration technologies, such as solar panels or biomass boilers and energy efficiency measures including loft and cavity wall insulation.

 

The £28 billion/year eco retrofit industry is just getting off the ground. Check back soon for more updates.