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Homes Market Update: March 2022

Air Quality, Homes

Published 21st Feb 22 - by sophiecoyle

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Energy price crisis: Government launches £67m energy efficiency grant scheme

The UK Government has launched a new grant scheme that will support low-income homes to upgrade insulation and install lower-carbon heating, ahead of an increase in energy bills in April.

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McCarthy Stone makes 50% MMC commitment

McCarthy Stone has confirmed that 40 new retirement developments will be built in full using modern methods of construction (MMC) starting over the next three years, with the business now aiming for 50% of its future retirement communities to be built in this way.


Influential industry bodies call for scrapping of VAT on building retrofits

The UK Government should take a broader look at the role energy efficiency could play in shielding the public from the energy price crisis, including a temporary scrappage of VAT on measures to improve existing buildings, industry experts are urging.

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Organisations call for nature to become a ‘legal right’ under Levelling Up agenda

More than 60 organisations have launched a new campaign calling for a “legal right” to be able to access nature to form a key part of the Government’s ongoing Levelling Up reforms.

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JUST LAUNCHED!  Sustainability for Groundworks Learning Pathway

The transition to net zero, delivering biodiversity net gain, working towards a more circular economy, delivering social value and combatting modern slavery are just some of the challenges faced by our industry, and groundworkers have a pivotal role to play.

In collaboration with the School’s Homes Leadership Group, we’ve developed a new beginner level learning pathway, which is designed to help groundworks companies address those high priority issues.



March’s featured topic: Air Quality

Reducing the impacts of poor air quality is a significant issue which we need to take into account in how we run our construction sites and the kinds of plant and equipment we use. Start your learning on the topic to understand why air quality is a key issue on construction sites and what you can do to reduce air pollution with these recommended resources:

Clean Air Zones Map

Use this map to find locations and relevant information for clean air zones and low emission zones around the UK.

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Air Quality in the Built Environment

Webpage containing information specific to the built environment around air pollution causes and solutions, from the World Green Building Council.

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Case Study: Zero Emission Welfare Cabin

GAP and AJC EasyCabin have together created a welfare cabin that uses hydrogen and solar panels as power sources to move towards zero carbon emissions, zero air quality emissions and less noise on site.

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