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Heat pumps perfect for beach front homes

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Two new beachside holiday cottages at Camber Sands in East Sussex have been installed with ground source heat pumps from Danfoss, as part of creating a renewable energy system that is affordable to run.

The developers approached Reina Group, based in Folkestone, Kent, a Danfoss-approved installer, which recommended two Danfoss DHP-L Opti Pro heat pump systems with a 400 litre cylinder and 120 litre buffer vessel. Each four bedroom property has two boreholes of around 100 metres in depth drilled onto the beach as the source of energy for the heat pumps. The two beach houses, which are built on a steel frame clad with cedar, were fitted with heat pumps of 8kW output.

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New zero carbon technology installed for the first time in commercial build

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altAn innovative technology system that uses solar energy to heat buildings all year round is being installed for the first time in a commercial property.

The Zero Carbon Solution, which combines PV-T, heat pump and thermal energy storage, is being fitted into a 550m² office building in Faversham, Kent. Located at the Foundry business park, the property is a standard metal-framed construction and will boast no obvious visible signs of its carbon neutral credentials.

Built by developers Quinn Estates, the commercial unit will be home to renewable energy specialist Newform Energy, which is a joint venture partner in the Zero Carbon Solution with house builder Caplin Homes.

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BREEAM preferred by European real estate investors

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A survey of more than 100 real estate investors across Europe has shown that a huge majority are in favour of certification schemes that recognise building sustainability. Almost two-thirds say their preferred scheme is BREEAM, the standard which is rolled out through a network of European and scheme operators.

The findings of this independent survey by international law firm DLA Piper, have been published in a report called Towards a Greener Future, which was launched last week at MIPM 2014 in Cannes.

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Dome sweet dome - unique eco friendly family home

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altSolardome Industries, Southampton, UK, is celebrating moving in day with the Hjertefolger family. Their Nature House on a remote island near Bodo, in the Arctic Circle has now become their home and fulfils their lifetime dream of creating a sustainable, self-contained environment.

This Norwegian eco-project comprises a 15m diameter SOLARDOME® PRO geodesic dome, which covers the entire house and part of the garden. Built in just three weeks, the single-glazed dome stands 7.5m tall and contains 360 glass panels. With 832m of recycled aluminium framework, the dome has been designed to withstand the extreme wind and snow loading conditions of the Arctic Circle, at least five times that of the UK.

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Construction begins on the UK's first eco town

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Construction of the UK’s first eco town, North West Bicester (NW Bicester), in Oxfordshire has begun.  Lead developer A2Dominion has started preparing the site for building works to commence for the initial phase, which will form part of the long-term vision to provide up to 6,000 sustainable new homes for Bicester.

The first phase of this pioneering development, known as the Exemplar, will see the construction of 393 highly energy efficient, zero carbon homes, creating the UK’s first true zero carbon community. This ground-breaking development will comprise of 40% green space, integrating cutting edge technology, economic opportunities and community engagement, with environmental integrity at its core.

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