Environment

Insulation in the roofspace of a house

Green Homes Grant concerns over quality of work

The government's new Green Homes Grant is due to be launched in England in September 2020. Under the scheme the government will fund between £5,000 ...
Read More
Energy efficient heating system in the home

Home insulation grant for homeowners in England

A £2 billion home insulation grant scheme is due to be introduced in September to encourage homeowners in England to make energy saving improvements to ...
Read More
Building on flood plains has to stop

Government accused of hypocrisy over building in at-risk flood areas

Denbighshire County Council's planning officers recommended that an affordable housing development should be built, even though it would mean building in an at-risk flood area, ...
Read More
Energy efficiency in UK homes

Energy efficiency in UK homes

The energy efficiency of British homes must be urgently improved, according to experts. In 2018, the UK's homes produce nearly 66 million tonnes of CO2 ...
Read More

Household survey on attitudes towards carbon emissions

A household survey of over 2,000 UK homeowners has been published on behalf of the Home Builders Federation, in preparation for a summit to plot ...
Read More

Physical challenges facing disabled people in their homes

You may live in a disability friendly home but looking for a disability friendly hotel room that breaks with tradition may not be straightforward. To ...
Read More

Concern over house prices due to new McDonald’s in Oakham

The picturesque town of Oakham in Rutland has no permanent speed traps, is home to England's largest reservoir and boasts the remains of a Norman ...
Read More

Car-free city centres spread across the UK

A number of cities have made, or are planning to make, their centres free from traffic. In the UK Bath, Birmingham, Oxford and York have ...
Read More

Discover whether you live in a ‘woke’ city

The modern political slang term ‘woke’ has African American origins and refers to the perceived awareness of issues concerning social and racial justice. The property ...
Read More

Re-wilding could seriously damage property prices

If you've put the lawnmower away for the year and need an excuse not to get it out again next spring, you might like to ...
Read More

University students living sustainably on campus

At Staffordshire's Keele University, a group of students is embarking on a one year project which will teach them how to live sustainably. The mainly ...
Read More

RIBA Stirling Prize awarded to ‘modern masterpiece’ in Norwich

The Royal Institute of Architecture's biggest award has this year been awarded to a project by Norwich City Council. As well as the RIBA Stirling Prize ...
Read More

Putting people first at a car-free Portsmouth peninsula

Portsmouth City Council hopes to 'put people first' by changing the way people travel. It plans to create a community that is 'more visible', thus ...
Read More

Possible 20% house price reductions due to air pollution

The not-for-profit organisation, Central Office of Public Interest (COPI), raises national awareness on air pollution. It began its latest campaign, addresspollution.org, in May this year ...
Read More

What is passive housing?

Climate change and our impact on the environment are likely to have a long-term impact on the planet. We look at passive housing, a concept ...
Read More

Refurbished House looks at ‘real’ sustainable renovation

The Scottish Government set out ambitious plans in 2007 to build more low carbon homes although house builders have felt little pressure from home buyers ...
Read More

Meet the frugal family who live in an off-grid home

A family living completely off-grid in Cumbria claims that their only outgoing is council tax. Their home is just outside the small village of Gamblesby, ...
Read More

Your greener and more energy efficient home

No-one can have missed the recent media reports and stark messages about global warming. There is a  general consensus that we must sit up and ...
Read More

New regulations in new builds could mean an end to gas heating

New regulations have been announced following a report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)  that advises the government. The new standard bans the use of ...
Read More

‘A barren public realm dominated by parked cars’

The development of new housing without sufficient transport infrastructure in place has contributed to greater car dependency, leaving non-drivers of all ages isolated, less active ...
Read More

Call for compulsory water meters to help combat water shortages

Few of the increasing number of homes in the UK are without a washing machine, dishwasher, bath or shower, but did you know that the ...
Read More

The world’s first floating environmental-friendly farm launches in Rotterdam

An offshore dairy farm will be the first of its kind in the world, when it opens later this year in the port of Rotterdam ...
Read More

Grade II listed Orfordness Lighthouse at risk from the sea

An impressive Grade II Listed decommissioned lighthouse, built on Orford Ness on the Suffolk coastline, now stands on its own peninsula and is at risk ...
Read More

Network Rail loses legal battle against Japanese Knotweed

Following a Court of Appeal ruling, Network Rail has lost its appeal over damages that could enable land owners to claim damages if Japanese Knotweed ...
Read More

Hidden buildings and historic gardens revealed by summer heatwave

The summer of 2018 will be remembered for reaching the semi-final stages of the World Cup and for the record-breaking hot weather that we have ...
Read More

Thinking of moving your home? A dramatic move at Hemsby, Norfolk, follows in the footsteps of bigger house moves!

Residents of homes along the sandy cliffs of Hemby, on the Norfolk coast, are no strangers to coastal erosion. Indeed, their homes have been tumbling ...
Read More

Report that Japanese Knotweed ‘cannot be eradicated’ sparks horrified industry reaction worthy of Knotweed itself!

Japanese Knotweed (F.japonica) is a problem. It is hugely invasive, can prevent you from selling your home and, indeed, mortgage lenders are unlikely to lend ...
Read More

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland spending more on promoting energy efficient homes than England

Most people would agree that focusing on making our homes more energy efficient would in turn reduce demand and costs. However, an independent climate change organisation ...
Read More

Heat network consumers asked to express their views

There are now around 17,000 district and communal heating networks (HNs) in the UK, delivering heat from a central source to public sector buildings, offices ...
Read More

Good news for 83% of the UK’s population – the UK has not been concreted over!

The news that the percentage of the UK land area that is densely built upon is 0.1% has won the title of UK Statistic of ...
Read More

Extreme weather and lack of maintenance causing physical erosion – leading to environmental disaster in the future as landfill site washes into the sea

In a number of mainly riverside and coastal areas around Britain, the more extreme weather occurrences of the last few years have caused land erosion ...
Read More

Tuck your trousers in your socks and stand on a chair! Rat invasion on its way

Rats are reportedly on the increase this autumn, due to a combination of wetter weather and cooler temperatures. Rats are most likely to seek food ...
Read More

Utility companies paying £2,500 a day to dig up the road

Section 74A of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and the Street Works (charges for occupation of the highway) (England) Regulations 2012 have ...
Read More

Coverack hit by flash flood after spending £300k on sea defences

Some areas across the UK received over two weeks of rain in less than an hour on 18th July, while an inch of rain fell ...
Read More