Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Community heating – costs to users

Posted on December 21st 2009

Evidence is emerging about the high running costs for community heating schemes that are required to meet planning   requirements. Often these include Combined Heat and Power facilities and biomass boilers in addition to the more  conventional gas boilers. Heat meters are used within each dwelling to measure the heat energy provided through the  circulating hot water system. On a recently …

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Ecology credits are important

Posted on December 7th 2009

The Ecology credits (Eco1-4) play a very important role in achieving the Code for Sustainable Homes at Level 3 or if a higher standard is required. Ecology credits are heavily weighted—the maximum 7 credits for Eco1-4 actually achieves 9 percentage points in the final assessment. This weighting is higher than for the Energy credits and second only to the Water …

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