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100 Days to Save the Planet

The 100 days of carbon clean up campaign run by CIBSE supported by the Carbon Trust aims to involve organisations throughout the UK in working together to cut carbon emissions in their buildings. The campaign runs from 12 September 2007 and encourages you to implement simple no/low cost carbon reduction measures during the 100 days in an effort to reduce the carbon emitted from your building. Also available is a simple measurement tool that will enable you to measure your carbon saving efforts and if possible to submit a carbon return so CIBSE can calculate how much carbon the campaign has saved in total. In 2006, 560 UK organisations of all sizes and types benefited from the free support and advice provided in the action pack.

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As Easy as EPC

Homes of four or more bedrooms placed on the market since the 1st August 2007 are now required to have a Home Information Pack (HIP). A key component of the HIP however is the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which rates a home's energy efficiency using a similar device to the graphics commonly seen on fridges and washing machines. Furthermore it also includes recommendations on how to cut fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions, encouraging people to make improvements to the energy efficiency of their homes.

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