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Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action comments on spike in cold snap deaths<p>National Energy Action responds to Government plans for Warm Home …

Why ACE supports the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill

On Friday 19th January 2018, Karen Buck MP’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Private Members’ Bill will have its Second Reading in</b> …

Government urged to rethink energy efficiency plans for private sector

<i>The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on the Government to rethink their energy efficiency plans for the private rented sector (PRS),</i> …

KAW's ActiveHouse is a sustainable home that generates more energy than it consumes

Dutch studio KAW employed a range of technical and architectural concepts to minimise the environmental impact of this house in Rotterdam, including …

This Sleek Modern Tiny House Comes In Three Sizes

For folks who love the idea of tiny house living but <i>also</i> love the look of new, modern apartments, The Catalina is here to make all of your butcher …

Countertops

A fluke breakthrough could be the missing link for an electric car age

In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way to make contact lenses more comfortable. With colleagues at the University of Surrey, he developed a …

Electric Vehicles

Groundbreaking new energy storage device charges up in just 20 seconds

A new aqueous energy storage device can be fully charged in a mere 20 seconds – and it could be cheaper than today’s lithium batteries. Korea …

New proposals to help vulnerable people benefit from cheaper energy

Energy

Big six energy companies routinely overcharging customers – exclusive

Analysis for the Guardian shows most companies charging customers the same after switching them to ‘cheaper’ tariffs<p>The UK’s big six energy companies have been accused of dirty tricks after analysis for the Guardian revealed that they are routinely charging customers almost exactly the same amount …

Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning - new edition out now

The new and updated edition of our popular Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning guidebook is out now.<p>The guide was developed to help community groups …

Smart meters: a guide

20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and energy use

Planting 20 percent more trees in our megacities would double the benefits of urban forests, like pollution reduction, carbon sequestration and …

Germany's Power Prices Go Negative, But Who's Getting Paid?

The most wonderful time of the year can be really rough on your wallet. There's the gift-buying, the travel expenses and the occasional Christmas …

2018: A breakout year for clean energy investment

The bullish momentum for global clean energy investment, which rose 3% to $333.5 billion in 2017, will continue this year.<p>There was significant progress in the transition to cleaner energy in 2017, and 2018 should see more of the same. New solar installations will top 100 GW this year, with China …

Renewable Energy

Nissan to start selling rooftop solar panels and batteries

Tesla’s model of selling electric cars and solar panels seems to appeal to other automakers too – now Nissan is getting in on the game with Nissan …

Water-based AC cools the air without using harmful chemicals

Our air conditioners still draw on principles that are around 100-years-old, sucking up power in the process. Researchers from the National …

Make lighting healthier

Artificial illumination can stop us sleeping and make us ill. We need fresh strategies and technologies, argues Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska.<p>Life …

Immune System

The dark side of light: how artificial lighting is harming the natural world

The world is lit at night like never before, and ecologists are assessing the damage.<p>It’s a summer night near a forest lake in Germany and something …

Ecology

European Union moves to strengthen renewable-energy goals

European Parliament says that 35% of energy should be clean by 2030 — but target is not yet legally binding.<p>European lawmakers have backed measures …

European Parliament

Combatting ‘rogue landlords’

• Fuel poverty in the private rented sector continues to be a major problem across England and Wales.<br>• The Housing Health and Safety Rating System …

Private Rented Sector energy efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy

<i>Our Research Director, Kelly Greer, reflects on what the publication of the Clean Growth Strategy means for MEES in the Private Rented Sector and</i> …

Loss of the night: Light pollution rising rapidly on a global scale

<b>(CNN) —</b> Artificial lighting at night is contributing to an alarming increase in light pollution, both in amount and in brightness, affecting places all over the world, a new study has found.<p>Some regions have showed a steady increase in light pollution aligned with economic development, but more …

Breast Cancer

The Tories must seize this chance to make UK homes energy efficient

Politicians may debate the merits of a cap on energy bills but making our leaky houses energy efficient is the solution that all political parties should unite behind<p>As the letters began to fall off the slogan behind Theresa May during her leader’s speech at the Conservative party conference, it …

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention lately when it comes to solar roofs, but start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof …

Housing efficiency guidance released in run-up to new regulations

<i>Real estate software provider Arbnco has released a guidance report for commercial real estate (CRE) investors and landlords to help achieve MEES</i> …

Australian home builder to include a Tesla Powerwall in every new home

An Australian home builder has announced plans to include a Tesla Powerwall in all new homes. Arden Homes says they will outfit all their new homes …

This futuristic metal-clad residence is segmented like a lobster tail

This futuristic residential building in Luxembourg has a segmented facade that resembles the tail of a lobster or an exotic insect. Design studio …

Energy scientists must show their workings

The global transition towards a clean and sustainable energy future is well under way. New figures from Europe this month show that the continent is …

Blackbox

Flowing home in Portugal challenges the rectangular architecture of its neighbors

With its bold curved walls and inner courtyard focus, this minimalist house in Portugal creates a strong sense of intimacy while challenging the …

Architecture

Mining magma: Iceland's geothermal well will use Earth's crust to power 5,000 homes

Mind your step: this is the hottest hole in the world.<p>Situated near the town of Reykjanes in southwest Iceland, the geothermal well goes five …