There are a number of websites you can visit for further information on sustainable refurbishment and how to reduce your carbon footprint. You can also find out more information or add your support to campaigns on carbon reduction. We hope you find these links useful.
ACT ON CO2 is a cross-Governmental campaign, which communicates the seriousness of climate change to the public through TV, press, radio and online advertising, explaining the link between CO2 emissions and global warming. The website includes dozens of tips – from using energy saving light bulbs to driving five miles less a week – to help people reduce their carbon footprint.
Rethinking Housing Refurbishment is a BRE (Building Research Establishment) programme, which aims to bring about a step change in the housing agenda by highlighting the contribution that refurbishment has to play in reducing UK carbon emissions and encouraging industry to raise standards of practice. The National Refurbishment Centre (NRC) has been created as part of this programme which will support the practical delivery of green refurbishment and retrofit, based on evidence from a nation-wide demonstration network of up to 500 exemplars. The NRC’s ’Refurbishment Portal’ provides access to detailed information on case studies tailored to specific needs.
T-ZERO is a comprehensive free web-based tool that can be used to find optimal low-carbon solutions tailored to specific house types and projects. You can enter the details of your house type and the tool will look at your fuel consumption and carbon footprint, then identify where improvements can be made based on your refurbishment goals and budget. It can also put you in touch with local suppliers and installers who can provide quotations directly through the website. The website has useful case studies, products and services which demonstrate practical benefit to others.
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) is an independent, UK based organization focused on promoting action that leads to carbon reduction. They are the main source of free advice and information for people across the UK looking to save energy, conserve water and reduce waste. They are impartial, and not tied to any particular commercial organization.
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) aims to ‘inform, inspire and enable’ everyone in the UK to live more sustainably. The CAT Information Service offers free and independent advice on all aspects of sustainable living, with a special focus on eco building materials and renewable energy. You can visit their website or contact their advisers by phone or email. Telephone 01654 705950.
Waterwise East is the regional centre of excellence for water efficiency in the east of england. Further details and links can be found by visiting www.waterwise.org.uk. It aims to reduce water wastage in the eastern region and is primarily focused on developed and the built environment. It’s an ideal resource for water efficiency advice for sustainable refurbishment projects.
They have developed an online tool: www.water-efficient-buildings.org.uk which provides a valuable resource for planners and developers in delivering water efficient developments.
Anglian Water is the largest water and wastewater company in England and Wales. They provide water and wastewater services to more than five million domestic and commercial customers in the east of England and Hartlepool. Visit the Anglian Water Direct website at www.awdirect.co.uk for water efficiency products.
Learn how to be ‘water-wise’ and find out more about water saving products with Cambridge Water. Cambridge Water has been supplying fresh, clean drinking water to people’s homes for more than 150 years. They cover an area of 453 square miles which includes Cambridge city and extends to Ramsey and St Ives in the north, Balsham in the East, Gamlingay in the West and Melbourn in the South.
The UK-Green Building Council is a non-profit membership organisation where businesses from across the whole of the construction and property sector come together with NGOs and government agencies to share knowledge on green building and campaign for a sustainable built environment.
Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud is heading up a nationwide programme of green refurbishment. The website invites you to sign up to the campaign and offers a whole wealth of information and case studies on sustainable refurbishment.
The Community and Local Government’s online planning and building resource. Learn about planning and building regulations, apply for planning permission, appeal against decisions and find out more about developments in your area. Also, find out about energy saving and home energy generation.
NEF (National Energy Foundation) is an independent educational charity based in Milton Keynes. NEF assists individuals, organizations and communities to reduce their carbon emissions and save money through providing advice and services in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable energy training. The website includes a ‘carbon workout’ calculator to help work out your carbon footprint and gives practical advice how it can be reduced.
The Sustainable Energy Academy promotes education and action to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and communities. SEA can help you get the information you need to make the most suitable decisions for your property. They are currently spearheading the ‘Old Home Super Home’ campaign, which is a network of exemplar dwellings which have undergone an energy efficiency retro-fit. Information on the network and details of properties are available on the SEA website. Their aim is to create a network of homes that are local and publicly accessible, within 15 minutes, to nearly everyone in the country.
The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) was formed in 1982 by a number of major companies active within the energy conservation industry. Their aim is to encourage a positive national awareness of the needs for the benefits of energy conservation, to help establish a sensible and consistent national policy and programme and to increase investment in all appropriate energy saving measures.
Renewables East is the renewable energy agency for Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex – the East of England. Renewables East make involvement with renewable energy in the East of England easier. If you’re already involved in sustainable power, if you’re an investor, a business owner, an academic – or anybody else with an interest in renewable energy – this is your gateway to sources of further information.
The Environment Agency plays a central role in tackling climate change. Their work covers both reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, commonly known as mitigation, and managing the impacts of climate change, or adaptation. Visit their website for further information on climate change and also learn about flood risks, warnings and how you can be prepared.
The Renewable Energy Association represents the UK’s renewable energy industry, covering all renewable power, heat and fuels and a wide variety of organizations including generators, project developers, fuel and power suppliers, equipment producers and service providers. REA sponsors the Renewable Energy Assurance Scheme, which sets standards for the provision of renewable and other on-site energy production for non-industrial customers. The REA Assurance Listed mark is a symbol consumers can look to for quality of products and services. Visit the website for further information.
2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) by the United Nations. This informative website is the UK partnering support to IYB. It’s an excellent resource for all matters relating to biodiversity with latest news, views, information and events nationwide.
Energy Regulator Ofgem promotes choice and value for all gas and electrictricity customers. Ofgem is administering the Government’s new Feed-in Tariff scheme, which went live on 1st April 2010. For comprehenive information on the scheme and how to apply, visit the ofgem website.
The Environment Tools Directory
Listing over 350 green accounting tools, the Environment Tools Directory is the largest up-to-date, independent database of environmental software tools anywhere on the web. New tools can be listed and their details kept up to date for free. Users can rate and comment on any tools listed. Visit www.environmenttools.co.uk.