The climate change sectary minister Chris Huhne MP has announced
the start of the new Renewable Heat Initiative, which is set to
tackle the UK's problem with emissions and dependence on fossil
fuels for heating. The incentive will be government funded
financial incentive to encourage the use of fossil fuel
alternatives. Industrial, business, public and domestic
sectors will be pushed towards the use of biomass, ground source
and water source heat pumps, solar thermal (heating) panels and
biomethane methods of gaining energy.
How will the Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) work?
The RHI will work similar to other schemes like the feed in
tariffs scheme developed for solar energy. In the
beginning of the scheme cash payments will be given to owners of
non-domestic buildings who install systems to product their own
renewable heat sources. This will extend to the domestic
sphere in the schemes second phase in October 2012.
People who indicate the production of renewable heat will be
paid up to 8.5p/kWhr for hot water and heat that they generate and
consume themselves. This should mean that people generating
their own heat will earn a return of 12% per year, tax free.
This initiative will hopefully play a good part towards reducing
the UK's heavy reliance on fossil fuels for heating and could
dramatically change the way the public and commercial sector look
at taking ownership of their own heating sources.
Building regulations are so often leading the way
with a building renovation or extension. With so many rules and
specifications to work to choosing the right products can become a
real headache. Roof Windows are commonly specified to be of
conservation style in traditional style buildings. However
these are often limiting to the sizes and functions you can
choose. Thankfully Fakro have designed a full range of conservation roof
windows that far surpassed other leading brands. The Fakro
Conservation Roof Window range comes in all twelve
popular sizes in both centre pivot and dual opening. Also
unique to Fakro is the side hung conservation window. Having a side hung opening is very rare for a roof window but is a
fantastic way to open up a room to the outside and let in plenty of
air and light. These can also be used as a means of escape
window as there is plenty of room to get out in a hurry.
A Fakro conservation roof window will have the same internal
appearance as a standard Fakro centre pivot, the only
difference being the sash bar down the middle of the window.
There is also an option for recessed flashings that will bring the
window to sit flush with the roof for a more integrated
look. As with any Fakro roof window, topSafe technology is used to make the roof fully
secure from intruders attempting to get into the home via the
roof. What more could you ask for?
Another bank holiday weekend is upon us! How will you be
spending your weekend? If you're a self build fanatic then
chances are you will be heading to the Grand Designs Live expo
that's on in London for beginning this weekend. The expo
never fails to attract the masses, holding the crown as consumer
show of the year; it's a must for budding self builders and
renovators, particularly if you have a soft spot for all things
environmentally friendly or just hope to bump into Kevin McCloud
whist learning about the many ways to be self sufficient in your
This year Ken's Yard will be
featuring at Grand Designs Live, offering all customers 10% there
first order when they register. With over 30,000 products
online and many more coming soon or available over the phone we are
looking forward to helping out with Grand Design inspired builds
all over the country. What's your Grand Design? Share
your own grand design ideas, sucesses, failures (more tragic the
better please) here.
Kährs Flooring is proud to be the world's oldest wood floor
manufacturer still in business and going strong. Rightly so, as the
market has become so competitive with cheap low quality and non
ecological flooring making it tough for quality flooring with
strong ethical and ecological policy, to remind Europe's favourite
engineered wood floor manufacture. Since Kährs
Flooring began in 1857, in the heart of Swedish forests, there
business has thrived showing great commitment to tradition, passion
for craftsmanship, whist embracing new technologies. One of the
most innovative features of flooring that Kährs has brought to the
market was in 2000 when the Kährs Woodloc joints where launched.
This is a unique technique of glueless floor joint, making flooring
easy to lay and withstand climatic changes. All of Kährs
15mm naturals flooring collection are manufactured with this
same Woodloc technology. The Naturals Collection also comes in a
wide range of wood species and finishes, like the original oak, luxurious Jarrah or warm Beech.
Ken's Yard has just revamped their complete Kährs Flooring range to make
it easier to shop for and choose the best flooring choice. There is
also a new complete section called "Ken's How" which is full of handy advice on
topics like how to lay a Kährs
floor and how to lay floor on
under floor heating.
FloPlast Rainwater Systems are one of the most trusted and
widely used guttering solutions available. For help
with working out your guttering requirements for a job a really
useful tool is FloPlast's own Flow rate
calculator. All you have to do is select you roof
type, enter the roof dimensions and the calculator will tell you
the flow rates. Once you know a roof's flow rates you can
tell what guttering system is required. See FloPlast's own
really useful guide on guttering carrying
Ken's Yard is now stocking the full FloPlast guttering range. The range is
offered at new "Big Boy Packs" special rates so
you can get all you need for the job and have some left for your