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5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre

In 2013, Greg Barker, the then Minister State for Energy and Climate Change officially opened the BRE National Solar Centre, the UK solar industry was flourishing with approximately 8,800 new PV systems being installed every month adding over 1.1GW of capacity within the year. A...
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03 Mar 2016

BREEAM: Costs plummet while value multiplies

What payback can you expect from BREEAM certified buildlings, and what additional capital cost is incurred.
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25 Sep 2015

People and places: The Hive, Worcester

Collaboration between Worcester County Council and the University of Worcester has led to the development of a library that is capable of serving both the general public as well a university. Both parties instilled a strong sense of learning, innovation and sustainability right...
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25 Sep 2015

Inspiring Places: National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire

The National Botanic Garden of Wales embraces a self-imposed mission to inspire, educate and conserve. After talking with Nancy, the Education Development Officer at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, it quickly became evident the passion which the Garden has for educating the...
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25 Sep 2015

Preserving our planet: Materials Recycling Facility, Milton Keynes

It may not be the prettiest day trip, but educating the youth of today on the issues surrounding waste is an important and necessary task. The problems related to waste are becoming increasingly apparent as time goes by. In 2012 the UK produced 26.4 million tonnes of waste from...
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25 Sep 2015

People & Places: RSPB Saltholme Visitors Centre, Teesside

RSPB Saltholme Visitor Centre provides a beautiful wildlife viewing experience, on a former industrial site. The Centre was designed to promote sustainable practice as well as encourage visitors to learn more about sustainability. This is definitely portrayed in the final design...
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25 Sep 2015

Energy & Climate: Electric Mountain, Llanberis

  This is not a new concept, but definitely one still worth shouting about! Situated within the Elidir Mountain in North Wales is Dinorwig, the largest pumped storage hydro-electric power station in Europe. Pumped storage enables the National Grid to store energy during...
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25 Sep 2015

Inspiring places: Chiltern Hills Gateway Centre

The centre is located in the beautiful Chiltern Hills at Dunstable Downs and provides a unique experience and facilities for those visiting the Chiltern Hills landscape. Commissioned by Bedfordshire County Council in partnership with The National Trust, the centre replaced an...
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25 Sep 2015

Inspiring places: The Sky Garden

This week the ‘Sky Garden’ on 20 Fenchurch Street was opened to the public. Billed as the “UK’s tallest public park” the garden offers uninterrupted views across London, from the 35th floor of London’s newest iconic skyscrapper. Designed by renowned Uruguayan architect Rafae...
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25 Sep 2015

Inspiring places: Think Low Carbon Centre

Any building can be designed and made to conserve energy; Think Low Carbon is a mindset for smarter energy use in buildings by promoting the technology and techniques needed to make business and homes low carbon. A lot of these technologies and techniques are demonstrated in the...
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