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Links for August 20th through August 23rd

by Mel Starrs on August 25, 2011

in News

These are my links for August 20th through August 23rd:

  • renewable heat | air source heat pumps | news | Air source heat pumps lead way in heating homes – “According to figures obtained by GreenWise today, just over 900 vouchers, totaling more than £750,000, have been issued so far under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) a grant scheme launched on August 1 to kick start the renewable heat market.
    But while most enquiries ahead of the launch of the RHPP were about solar hot water systems, 36 per cent of vouchers – the highest proportion so far – have been given out for air source heat pumps, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), which is managing the £15 million grant scheme on behalf of the Government. “
  • Natural England – England Biodiversity Strategy – “Biodiversity is fundamental to our survival and Biodiversity 2020: a Strategy for England’s Wildlife and Ecosystem Servicesexternal link represents a groundbreaking action plan to protect threatened species, restore habitats and place biodiversity at the heart of Government decisions by 2020.”
  • Australian building regs may outlaw earth building – “While mudbricks have been a sustainable building material for thousands of years, they cannot readily satisfy energy-efficiency standards. Part of the problem is that the solid mudbrick wall, which is 25cm thick, does not rely on additional insulation, so it scores poorly when measured by official energy rating tools.”
  • The Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees – This is a brilliant piece – but could it spell the end for building mounted PV’s? Go read the article, but in synopsis, a 13 yo kid figured out that trees are efficient due to their growth pattern, and solar PV in such a pattern would be more efficient too. Precocious or genius?