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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

Clean Energy EU: European Commission sets energy targets for the next decade

12 Dec 2016 - The European Commission has released the long-awaited Energy package, gathering legal proposals on energy policies.Towards an Energy Union based on former 2030 targets and Paris AgreementThe package intends to create an Energy Union based on the principles enounced in February 2015.  It is grounded on the targets and commitment announced during the Energy Council in October 2014 ahead of the COP21 Paris Agreement.The European Union had agreed on EU-wide 2030 targets and ... read more

Going sustainable to rejuvenate the suburbs

29 Aug 2016 - Peripheral areas often face poverty, crime, waste, pollution and decay. A new trend, however, considers suburbs the best places to develop green initiatives and energy efficiency interventions. Now a social housing building in Zaragoza, Spain, is piloting the regeneration of a suburbSuburbs are often spaces of poverty, unemployment and urban decay. But now many peripheral areas are becoming laboratories of innovation, hosting initiatives for a sustainable future.This new trend ... read more
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