All of us here at Verto Homes are pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded Highly Commended in the Building Sustainably category of the CSR Awards 2017, recently dubbed the Global Good Awards.
Put simply, the UK isn’t building enough homes in the current housing market. MPs have recently called for an end to the ‘dominance’ of big home-building firms, saying that the government should do more for smaller builders – we couldn’t agree more. Currently, the residential housing sector is accountable for 27% of UK emissions, something we, as a nation, need to change.
Everyone knows we’re huge fans of the beautiful town of Newquay; it’s why so many of our Zero Carbon Smart Homes are located there. With stunning shores, exquisite food and plenty of festivities, it’s impossible to resist. (Take a look at our guide to life in Newquay for even more.) However, we’re glad to know we’re not the only fans of amenities in the area: this ‘superfan’, Julia Buckley, wrote an article in the Independent yesterday announcing that Newquay Airport is the best in the country. As the UK’s fastest growing airport, the following is what she had to say about why.
According to Matthew Trevaskis, the new head of electric vehicles at the Renewable Energy Association, the UK’s growing low-carbon vehicle market provides the “perfect opportunity” for businesses to export excess energy to the grid. Trevaskis believes that installing a solar panel onto a house with an EV is the ideal way to create one’s own fuel, an opinion shared by Verto Homes as all our homes possess their own EV charging points. Read on for edie‘s overview of how Trevaskis has joined the REA to draw focus to the importance of the electrical storage of EVs.
In a new UN-backed report based on interviews with 114 renowned energy experts worldwide, an overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future has been revealed. With the support of large international corporations increasingly selecting renewable energy products, UN News Centre explains how more than 70 percent of experts interviewed believe that a global transition to 100 percent renewable energy is achievable.
Following on from a press conference in Brussels it has been confirmed that companies from all EU nations, excluding Poland and Greece, have signed up to the initiative that no new coal-fired plants are to be built after 2020 in the EU. The news of this pledge, aiming to deliver on the Paris climate agreement, has been well received by renewable industry sources. The Guardian explains how this is the next step towards the eradication of coal and a move towards clean power supplies.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter that will give official notice of the UK’s intentions to leave the EU. Now, as we’re entering into a period of uncertainty and unknowns, edie reviews what we know (and what we don’t know) about the environmental impact of Brexit – ultimately, we hope it will turn out to be a positive one. Read on for the overview of edie‘s take on current events and the future of the UK’s relationship with sustainability.
If you’ve been following our Instagram account, you may already know about some of the sustainable developments popping up all over the globe that we’ve highlighted. From the tundra of the Antarctic to islands off the coast of Malaysia, architecture that puts sustainability at the forefront of its design is becoming more and more prominent.
Once again, edie has compiled the best innovation stories of the week into the following neat and tidy little green package. From (lots of) solar power to big brands using recycled materials, there’s a variety of technologies unveiled this week that are all a step in the right direction for a sustainable future.