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Flooding, melting ice and heat waves – should we be more worried?

How concerned are today’s consumers about the impact of climate change? Our recent survey of 1,000 homeowners and renters revealed that 36% of people were ‘extremely concerned’ and 46% were ‘quite concerned’. Interestingly, notable differences in the level of concern over climate change were reflected in the age demographics of…

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Do we really understand the impact of climate change?

A key message highlighted through our recent survey on public opinions around climate change was that most of us do feel we understand climate change, but aren’t always sure where to find reliable information. The vast majority of respondents – 75%, in fact – felt they had a clear understanding…

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AVOIDING ACCIDENTS WHEN FITTING SOLAR PANELS

Safety on building sites is critical; the last thing any housebuilder needs is an accident. But when construction requires working at heights – whether for wiring, roofing or solar panel installation – there is naturally a degree of risk and occasionally, accidents do happen. Safety first Safety should always be…

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BALANCING THE 3 MAIN NEEDS OF HOUSEBUILDERS

The various teams within a housebuilder or developer are all working towards the same goal, but each have different objectives, targets and focus points. Commercial and technical The commercial team want to create value for money for the housebuilder and help them find ways to build as cost-effectively as possible.…

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WHY SPEED OF RESPONSE IS CRITICAL IN SOLAR INSTALLATION

Because of the disparate nature of construction, things don’t always go according to plan and housebuilders often need urgent support and quick turnarounds. Don’t be vague When a site manager needs to call in lots of different trades – from block paving and plumbing to windows and solar panels –…

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HOW RELIABLE IS YOUR SOLAR CONTRACTOR?

Reliability is an interesting topic when it comes to construction; the process can often be quite bitty and disjointed because there are so many subcontractors on site doing so many different things. Many of these projects are reliant on each other, and if one thing isn’t completed on time, there’s…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING AN EXPERIENCED SOLAR SPECIALIST

Housebuilders and developers may sometimes be tempted to allocate the complex task of solar installation to an existing contractor, like a roofer or electrician. While this might seem like a potential cost-cutting measure at first, it usually ends up being more expensive in the long term. Make sure your solar…

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WILL SOLAR ON NEW BUILDS BECOME STANDARD?

Brexit may have delayed the release of new building regulations, but our construction future is only heading in one direction; renewable electricity and smart technologies.   The solar future Solar on new builds isn’t yet standard in England and Wales as it is in Scotland, so it’s understandable that renewable…

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WHAT CAN WE ACHIEVE IF WE ALL LIVE MORE SUSTAINABLY?

When the UK government made their Climate Emergency declaration in May 2019, they were the first government to have ever done so. The declaration formed part of their goal to reach a Net Zero target by 2050, meaning that none of our energy must come from fossil fuels. No dirty…

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