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Graham Walden

The Pitfalls Housebuilders Should Avoid

We often see housebuilders encounter the same pitfalls when installing solar PV across their sites. The biggest of these happens when developers choose to install solar PV through mechanical and electrical contractors, who will then subcontract out the installation process to solar specialists. This seems like the simplest solution because…

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Meeting New Build Energy Targets

Housebuilders have regional targets to meet on each new development, which specify how much energy site-wide should come from renewables. So what are the best energy-saving options for housebuilders at the moment? Well, there are numerous materials and technologies developers can use to support energy targets; they could install more…

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Frugal Innovation in Housebuilding

Housebuilders face a number of challenges in getting a new development off the ground; securing the right land at the right price, obtaining planning permission, making sure planning requirements are met, and – crucially – putting in place a strong supply chain to design and complete the build. Just about…

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Settling Into Our Bright New Home

We began 2018 in our wonderful new offices, just across the road from our existing facility on Hoo Farm Industrial Estate, and we’re starting to feel very settled! The move is part of a 12-month period of expansion for our company, which has also included the recruitment of 10 new…

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Using Technology to Live More Sustainably

In the previous post in this series, we began to break down the barriers to becoming more self-sufficient as individuals, so now I’d like to share with you some examples of what that might look like. On my own house, solar panels generate up to 70 per cent of my…

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Creating Sustainability in a Sharing Economy

In the previous post in this series, we looked at the role of the government, the local councils and us as consumers in creating a more sustainable future, so let’s now look at how close we are to becoming more self-sufficient. As a society, we’re not too far away from…

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The Future of Energy – A Need for Self-Reliance

In the previous post in this series, we looked at the global markets and events influencing energy prices, and because of these variables, the price of electricity is only going one way – and it isn’t down. We live in an age of fragile world markets, politically-motivated events, concerns around…

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The Global Landscape of Energy Production

Every minute of every day, five thousand times as much energy as we need hits the earth in the form of solar energy. That surplus isn’t going anywhere; it just gets absorbed into buildings, into the ground, the desert or the sea, warming everything up. But what if we could…

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How sustainable is your home?

With the uncertainty around Brexit and the current instability around energy production, it will become increasingly up to us as individuals to become more self-sufficient in our homes and lifestyles. That’s why we’d like to share with you our latest research into the UK’s energy landscape, and give you a…

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Health and safety aspects of photovoltaic solar installations

Health and safety aspects of photovoltaic solar installations This is a chance for principal designers and safety professionals to hear John Conway from Eco2solar on the health and safety aspects of photovoltaic (PV) systems installation and maintenance. John will cover the following topics: The reasons for choosing PV over other…

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