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Britain’s homes account for around 27% of the UK’s carbon emissions, a major cause of climate change. Domestic energy improvement targets of 20% between 2010 and 2020 have been suggested by the UK government.

All new homes are required to have a Code rating under the new Code for Sustainable Homes. The scheme was introduced in 2007 to encourage greener development in the home building industry. A Code rating and certificate must now be included in the Home Information Pack when selling a property. Green homes are significantly more costly to build, but home owners will reap the benefits of more efficient energy usage in years to come.

Ed Miliband announced plans earlier this year to offer “green loans” to home owners wishing to improve upon the energy efficiency of their already built home. The costs of items such as insulation and solar panels will be included in a loan which will stay attached to the house, owing to their high initial outlay. This would hopefully lessen financial barriers and encourage people to consider greener energy.

Renewable energy technologies attempt to reduce your homes CO2 emissions, control the overall impact on the environment and lessen the effects of climate change. Wind turbines, solar panels and biomass heaters offer a viable alternative to dwindling fossil fuels. You can reduce waste and avoid environmental degradation through recycling. You can save enough energy to power a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours just by recycling just a single glass bottle.

After the initial outlay, you could be rewarded financially for your investment. You are effectively buying energy at today’s lower prices to avoid the high costs that home owners will be faced with in years to come. If your resources are producing sufficient energy, you may also be able to put energy back into the national grid, and receive a wage in the process. Taxpayers will benefit from the reduced landfill costs allowed by recycling.

Various government grants can be obtained if you wish to go green.

Introduction To Sustainable Homes

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The Code is a voluntary standard designed to improve the overall sustainability of new homes by setting a single framework within which the home building industry can design and construct homes to higher environmental standards and offers a tool for developers to differentiate themselves within the market.

Effects of climate change in the UK are expected to involve winters that are warmer, increased rainfall during all months contributing to flooding and sea level rises, increased heat during summers which will could possible cause more drought and intense heat waves.

This mandatory requirement came into effect for all developments where a local authority received the building notice, initial notice or full plans application after 1st May 2008. Developments where a local authority had received these stages on or before 30 April 2008 are exempt. Where Building Regulations apply, compliance is necessary at all times. The Code assigns one or more performance requirements (assessment criteria) to all of the environmental issues. When each performance requirement is achieved, a credit is awarded (except for the four mandatory requirements with no associated credits).

Assessment procedures are based on BRE’s EcoHomes System which depends on a network of specifically trained and accredited independent assessors. Currently BRE and Stroma can offer training and accreditation of Code assessors. Code assessors can conduct an initial design stage assessment, recommend a sustainability rating, and issue an interim Code certificate.

Code service providers are licensed organisations offering all or part of the range of Code services including assessor training; registration and monitoring; quality assurance of assessments; certification; investigation and resolution of complaints; and maintenance of records (BRE Global, 2007).

Each category includes a number of environmental issues which have a potential impact on the environment. The issues can be assessed against a performance target and awarded one or more credits. Performance targets are more demanding than the minimum standard needed to satisfy Building Regulations or other legislation. They represent good or best practice, are technically feasible, and can be delivered by the building industry.

Equip your homes with the best home automation systems

 

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You might have come across many friends who have upgraded their homes with home automation systems and gained access to all the lighting systems, security, temperature controls and audio video control with the use of internet and telephone. You would have been always of the idea that this automation system would require you to spend a great deal of money and hence can be the choice of only the upper class. But after doing a bit of research, you are sure to be amazed at the low cost in which they are actually priced and might become awe struck with the fact that they cater to the needs of every individuals in the society. You can get your equipped my home for just $ 600 and can feel quite happy about it. This way you could operate the working of all appliances in your home through a central controlled system that is reliable and secure.
After having a home automation system installed in your home, you will feel that you look forward to getting to your home each day with a sense of eagerness or longing. This is because anyone would feel that their home is the perfect place for them to unwind. And when it is well equipped with home theatre and other such items your stay will turn into a pleasurable one. You are sure to beam with pride when your friends and colleagues compliment you for your home.
There are some DIY home automation systems also available in the market. You will also find that there are various catalogues available to cater the budget requirements of all people and each are tailor made to suit each person’s spending capacity. While installing an automation system, a team of professionals will guide you in placing your gadgets to enjoy very good audio and video quality. Also the experts are well aware of the ways such as how to handle them, and know the technology with which it works. During the installation at your home, you can require them to fix a security camera. The experts are sure to deal it with much ease and also provide you with tips and tricks that might come handy when you face some trouble shooting problems.
When you do your share of research you will come across advises by people such as your relatives and friends who might have already installed home automation systems at their homes. They might advise you to prefer the services of CEDIA certified personnel as they are well experienced and well trained and are skilled enough to arrive with immediate solutions for any problems that may arise during installation and which will not be an inconvenience to you.
If you are planning to install a home automation system at your home, then the best thing you can do is to search the World Wide Web for the latest products that has a new use or new advancement as the technology is getting enhanced every single day. Also make a visit to a few electronic stores to find DIY home automation systems and enquire about the quality and price and also learn about the guarantee available for such products. This will enable you to get it replaced if any repair or damage arises.