Ecological Building Systems are pleased to confirm that the pro clima Intelligent Airtightness system, including the pro clima INTELLO PLUS intelligent airtightness and vapour control membrane, has met all the requirements set out by both the BBA (British Board of Agrément) and the NHBC. This compliments the existing Irish Agrément Certificate
Renewable Heat Incentive degression
Early October 2015 saw the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff for small commercial biomass (up to 200kW) drop by 5% to just 4.18p. To date, the small biomass tariff dropped 53%, from the initial November 2011 tariff of 8.80p/kWh to the most recent tariff of 4.18p/kWh.Read more
Silvio Spiess, Founder and CEO of Innasol, a leading biomass business in the UK, said of the degression: “The implementation of further degression for the small biomass system is disappointing. The Renewable Heat Incentive has been the government’s strategy to encourage adoption of green, affordable renewable heating technology, and it has proven effective. However, the continuing low oil and gas prices are proving a significant barrier to uptake of renewable heating technology. As a result, the renewable heating industry requires further governmental commitment to achieve its goal: to take the UK closer to our renewable energy targets.
The consistent degression of biomass technologies by the government clearly demonstrates that there is significant appetite in the UK for renewable heating. The tariff for small commercial biomass has decreased once again today entirely due to consumer popularity. UK home and business owners are calling for affordable, clean energy. The government must listen.””
Airtightness blamed for health risks in homes
Throughout the past year a slew of reports has been published that raise serious questions about the safety of new-build homes. Increasingly stringent building regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions are resulting in new houses that are ever more airtight. While this helps reduce fuel consumption, the burden is on architects to ensure that occupants of new homes can breathe clean and fresh air. Recent evidence suggests that the construction industry, designers included, is failing to meet this challenge. Read more
Paul Harrison, an independent toxicologist and member of a working group on air quality created by the Royal College of Physicians, describes serious health risks associated with poor ventilation systems. ‘Sick building syndrome describes a variety of symptoms including headaches, allergies, reduced productivity, a sore throat and dry skin,’ he says. ‘In addition, poor air quality can provoke asthma.’ Architects Journal