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Sustainability articles

  • Solar power and the capacity crunch

    Going off-grid was once the sign of a truly ‘deep green’ approach to life. But with the National Grid facing a capacity crunch this winter, changes in technology and a new UK Solar Strategy just published, now may be the right time to rethink our attitudes to solar power. Melanie Thompson of Get Sust! investigates ... read more ...

  • A sustainable future for Scotland?

    Scotland is said to be home to a fifth of the UK’s total academic construction research capacity. With the vote on national independence just a few weeks away, the Yes/No camps are stepping up their rhetoric, and the latest poll suggests the nays have it. But whichever way the vote goes on 18 September, Melanie Thompson of Get Sust! predicts a bright future for sustainable construction in Scotland – especially for R&D. read more ...

  • Towards zero carbon

    The government has recently published its reply to the consultation document 'Next step to zero carbon homes – Allowable solutions'. This reply details the probable future policy in relation to 'allowable solutions' for new build homes in the UK. That reply document is briefly discussed here. read more ...


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