The Birds and the Bees

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What you can do to help some of the UK’s threatened species.  

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to discuss the birds and the bees and no, I’m not talking about the well-known metaphor! This article highlights the plight of some of our beautiful flying friends who play an important role in our delicate ecosystem. The article explores how sustainable, wildlife friendly solutions can be incorporated into our homes to provide much needed nesting places for swifts and solitary bees.

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Rainwater Harvesting Rain Activ Storm Attenuation Device

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Changing weather patterns of too much or too little rain has meant that certain areas of the UK suffer from drought while others are experiencing severe flooding. Usually these problems are regarded at as two separate issues. It is however possible to effectively plan for the future when designing your sustainable self-build home. This review considers the Rainwater Harvesting Rain Activ Storm Attenuation Device to address both issues.

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Patrick Wheeler on the Viessmann Vitovalor

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I have always been interested in energy innovation and learning about alternative means of home heating. There are a number of options available that have a reduced environmental impact compared to the traditional gas boiler. But have you considered hydrogen? Hydrogen as a fuel is discussed more and more, it’s a hot topic throughout the HVAC and environmental communities and although the surge in battery viability has seen a slower progress of the hydrogen technology, there are viable products available in the domestic market. I interviewed Patrick Wheeler, Director of VitoEnergy to find out more about the Viessmann Vitovalor Hydrogen fuel cell unit.  Patrick had a lot to teach me about the technology, the sustainability and the financial viability for the end users.

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Top Ten Tips: How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of an Older Property

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If you live in an older property, chances are there is something you can do to improve its energy efficiency. A home’s energy efficiency is defined as using less energy to perform the same task (i.e. heating and cooling.) This Top Ten Tips list has been created with Victorian through to early 1950s homes in mind. Cost estimations have been included, based on 3-4 bedroom semi-detached properties. However, many of these tips will also be of benefit to those living in properties constructed up until the early 2000s, before Part L of the Building Regulations – Conservation of Heat and Power – was first published.

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