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Conference to explore sustainable design for society

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altA conference which will explore how buildings and spaces are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment is to be held at Leeds Beckett University.

The international conference, Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) will take place on 17-18 September and is hosted by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to address the balance between the built and the natural environment.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 16:25

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BALI reaches major membership milestone

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The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is today celebrating welcoming its 800th member –Wakefield-based landscape contractor Freshscaped Ltd. This is a major milestone for the UK’s largest trade association for landscapers, grounds maintenance contractors, garden designers and affiliated industry product and service suppliers, and confirms its place as the representative voice of the landscape industry.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:18

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A fresh look at soils generates interest at urban landscape exhibition

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An exhibit by soil science consultant Tim O’Hare (Tim O’Hare Associates) and landscape architect Johanna Gibbons (J&L Gibbons) generated considerable interest at the opening earlier this month of the Landscape Institute’s exhibition ‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’. Their recently published essay ‘Below Ground: City sylviculture and the art and science of city soils’ was displayed in booklet format alongside five Perspex columns, each containing a different urban soil profile.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:12

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Trials pave the way to save money and help cut the capital’s carbon footprint

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Futuristic blueprints to help cut London’s carbon emissions were published todayby UK Power Networks, the company which keeps the city’s lights on.

London was the test bed for a range of cutting-edge trials - the results of which will help millions of people across the UK if the energy industry introduces them widely. For example new-style energy contracts which have been trialled are already set to save customers in London, the East and South East £43million over the next eight years, and the country could reduce the projected domestic electricity demand in 2020 by about 9% if people switch to more efficient household appliances.

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Renewables had a Great Year says NAPIT

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In January last year, NAPIT predicted that 2014 would be the year of renewables and, with many positive predictions being made over the last 12 months, it seems this forecast was indeed accurate.

In November, a report stated that worldwide solar PV capacity could treble by 2020. This came at a time where the Solar Trade Association (STA) predicted that solar will become cheaper than gas by 2018. The positivity in the solar industry was evident throughout 2014 and solar PV installers can look forward to an even brighter year in 2015.

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