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Deadline for ASHPs permitted development consultation looms

Whether or not the government should allow air source heat pumps to be installed in the UK without planning permission being sought, is the focus of a government consultation which ends on February 9.
The consultation is considering whether all microgeneration technologies should have permitted development rules applied to allow their installation without having to apply for planning permission, provided it is carried out by an MCS approved installer. Currently air source heat pumps and wind turbines don't have permitted development rights because they are considered to be too noisy and an eyesore by neighbours.

To view the details before the consultation closes on February 9, click here

'NAPIT are welcoming this change as it will prove positive in two respects, firstly it is good for registered installers as it will limit the work to those who understand how to avoid noise and visual impact rather than opening up the work to cowboys', said David Cowburn, managing director of NAPIT's Standards division.

'Secondly it will be useful for homeowners as they will be able to make decisions about installing microgeneration without having to worry about planning permission. The fact that this permission will only be valid when an MCS approved installer carried out the work should encourage any unregistered installers to look at the benefits of registration through schemes such as NAPIT,' he added.
4 February 2010


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Insulating EU homes could reduce energy demand by 44%

A new study released by Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) shows that improving the insulation of existing residential buildings in the EU would significantly contribute to securing the bloc’s energy independence and achieving he EU target of reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

Improved insulation of EU residential buildings would result in a reduction of energy demand for heating in buildings by 777 TWh, or 44% compared to 2020: 46% in gas savings, 44% in heating oil savings and 48% in coal savings.


Hot water for healthcare

Recent research by the University of Exeter sets out the scale of the challenge the NHS faces if it is to achieve sustainability targets set under the government’s net zero plan by 2040, a full decade ahead of the wider commercial sector....


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