5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre

In 2013, Greg Barker, the then Minister State for Energy and Climate Change officially opened the BRE National Solar Centre, the UK solar industry was flourishing with approximately 8,800 new PV systems being installed every month adding over 1.1GW of capacity within the year. A lot has changed for solar over the last 5 years.  … Continue reading “5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre”

Happy National Allotment Week! Growing stuff is good for the soul.

Happy national allotment week! With a rapidly growing population, an estimated 90% of our time spent inside, and with increasingly digitalised realities submerging us (you can buy virtual reality head sets in Tesco?!), I think it’s safe to say, we need to get outdoors; look at the trees, swim in the sea and of course, … Continue reading “Happy National Allotment Week! Growing stuff is good for the soul.”

Building flood resilience into the fabric of Britain

Our climate is changing. We are seeing more extreme weather events which could lead to increases in heavy rainfall and significantly increased risks from river and surface water flooding. A growing population means more houses, which means more people will be at risk. Over 5 million households and businesses in England – that’s 1 in … Continue reading “Building flood resilience into the fabric of Britain”

Generation rent vs generation mortgage? There might be a solution…

A recent report from UBS Wealth Management’s “Bubble index” looking at the state of the property markets has found that London has the second most over-valued property market of any major city around the world. At the same time, official figures from the Office for National Statistics tell us that the average wage in the UK is £28,105 annually. If we were … Continue reading “Generation rent vs generation mortgage? There might be a solution…”