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Green living: encouraging investors to go retro

20 Apr 2017 - Making our homes greener and more energy efficient is crucial if Europe is to realise its environmental targets and ambitions. But securing financial fuel to retrofit existing properties is tough, with investors often wanting to inject their cash into projects that deliver relatively quick returnsJust because your home was built in the 1950s or 60s doesn’t mean it can’t be green. Retrofitting – the process of modernising properties using the latest technologies – can save ... read more

Second BuildHeat Newsletter – February 2017

21 Feb 2017 - Welcome to this second newsletter from the project BuildHeat, a four-year initiative to elaborate a set of reliable, energy efficient and affordable retrofit solutions for multifamily houses.At the conclusion of its first year and half of activity, the BuildHeat project is ramping up and we can be confident that the next year will mark a leap forward in our technical progress.During the first 18 months, most of the technological development has happened: the project partners ... read more

In the Spotlight: Salix Homes

20 Feb 2017 - Please, introduce yourself, the demo case and explain why you decided to be part of the BuildHeat project.Salix Homes are a multi-award winning social housing provider based in Salford, Greater Manchester. We’re a not-for-profit charitable organisation who puts our customers at the heart of everything we do, from investing in our homes and communities, to how we go about providing our services.We provide social housing for people in need in Salford. We believe that everyone ... read more

In the Spotlight: University of Salford

20 Feb 2017 - Please, introduce yourself and explain why you decided to be part of the BuildHeat project.Hello, I’m Dr Tara Hughes and I am a researcher at the University of Salford, UK. We research all aspects of energy and buildings and we are responsible for managing and evaluating the human factors of the BuildHeat project.You are an expert of retrofitting buildings: what are the most important aspects to consider when working to retrofit of a residential building?Our previous ... read more

Thermally efficient social housing for young adults

10 Jan 2017 - When young people move out of supported accommodation the leap to independent living can be tough. A new project in the north west of England is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into managed accommodation for young adults, while also improving its thermal efficiencyYoung people can find themselves homeless or in housing need for many reasons. In the UK, once they are 16 years old they are often placed in managed rented accommodation. But these units – ... read more
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