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5 Barriers to Retrofit

In the first of a new series on Retrofit, we look at the main barriers to making serious energy efficiency improvements to our existing housing stock. The collapse of coal and...

There Is No Away

A new art exhibition in Hartlepool confronts viewers with the problem of single use plastics and shows how pervasive they have become. Environmental artist Diane Watson has been walking her...

A Breath of Fresh Air

Plans put forward by three North East councils to rapidly reduce air pollution are a golden opportunity to forge a sustainable transport system. Wednesday saw the start of a ten...

Top Posts of 2018

As Tracing Green reaches its 4th birthday, we reveal your favourite 3 posts of 2018. Today marks the end of our 4th year writing on green building, low-impact living, sustainable...

Each Home Counts

The striking contrast between two housing developments in the North West shows that lessons in low energy housing must be learnt.  In November I travelled over to see the Lancaster...

E-bike Maintenance

E-bikes are trouble-free but like all bicycles, they require regular maintenance. For years I’ve owned bikes that were best described as ‘cheap and cheerful’. When a bike doesn’t owe you...

Two Ecohomes Secure Planning Permission

Proposals for two low-energy ecohomes in the North East have recently secured planning approval. A quick look at the UK map of certified Passivhaus projects tells you everything you need...

Footprint 2018

Taking steps towards a more positive and sustainable future. Last weekend I attended Footprint 2018 at Durham University. Run over two days, the event was a series of seminars, workshops,...

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