Thermal efficiency target behind schedule

Renovate Europe, a political campaign group targeting an 80% reduction in energy use in buildings across Europe by 2050, has reported that the EU are currently behind target, particularly in the domestic sector. There are an estimated 200 million dwellings in the EU that need renovating, it claims, and improved energy conservation measures are also…

Solar PV company directors jailed

Two directors of a Warrington-based solar panel company have been handed four-year jail sentences for fraudulently deceiving customers and falsely claiming to be NICEIC registered. The two men were each sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court following an investigation by Warrington trading standards. James Thomas Birchall, 36, was found guilty of 12 offences of fraud and…

SMEs still reeling one year on from Carillion collapse

Exactly one year on from Carillion’s collapse, business owners are telling Government that not enough has been done to ensure a similar insolvency crisis does not happen again. Carillion went into administration last January owing £7 billion in total, according to the Official Receiver. A parliamentary committee found that subcontractors and suppliers were owed around…

Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi jailed in US on unspecified charges

Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, has been detained and imprisoned in the United States for unspecified reasons. AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, has been detained and imprisoned in the United States…

At least 43 Palestinians injured during Gaza protests

At least 43 Palestinians were injured by Israeli live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets, during protests alongside the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday afternoon. AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): At least 43 Palestinians were injured by Israeli live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets, during protests alongside the eastern borders of the besieged…

A wiser generation of smart heating controls

Drayton, a leading brand in the UK domestic heating market and part of Schneider Electric, has announced the next generation of smart heating controls with the launch of its new system WISER – which seeks to allow installers to work wiser, not harder. Showcased extensively during the company’s 70th anniversary celebrations in Kensington on January…