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2017
2017
APR
04

Investing In The Future

Short term solutions do not always pay off.

Decking, Wood, Composite

As people start to diversify with their habits and opt for a greener lifestyle, we are starting to witness more environmentally friendly products appearing in the consumer market. The way we live and the products that we choose all have an impact on our climate, by breaking the norm and looking beyond the box we can make a difference.

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2017
MAR
28

Going Green

Is your home designed to be energy efficient and eco-friendly?

Green, Roof, Blinds, Eco-friendly

With life expectancy increasing, the world is becoming heavily populated which results in more vehicles on the road, more heat being generated from homes and more food consumption. As cities keep on expanding and sponging up the countryside, we are experiencing a detrimental effect on the environment. Climate change has been an ongoing global topic which has to be addressed with solutions to decrease the pressure we are implementing on the earth. We all have a vital role to play to secure a future for the next generations to come, it is up to us to set an example and change our lifestyles to create a more positive effect.

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2017
FEB
02

It’s Hotting up

Is it the right time to consider external shading?

Summer, Winter, Hot, Heat, Cold, Weather

During the winter months, we don’t normally consider shading of any description, after all, the wet, cold grey weather doesn’t make us think of keeping cool from the sun, however, with a warming climate and Spring almost as hot as Summer, it’s not long before warm weather becomes a problem, causing our properties to overheat, making them uncomfortable to be in, particular those with heavily glazed elevations along with glass rooms & conservatories.

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2017
JAN
19

Sky's The Limit

All weather solutions for an unpredictable climate.

Weather climate

The weather in Britain never changes but people in Britain are. Outdoor living is becoming more and more a part of our lives as we relax, entertain and dine in our extended natural spaces of our homes. The 2016 UK Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey found that a large number of people in Britain are adapting their outdoor systems and equipment, a result from these changes have led to 75% of homeowners spending more time relaxing in their updated garden space.

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2016
2016
OCT
13

Five Golden Reasons To Consider A Passivhaus Project

Future-proof your home!

External Roller Blind Passivhaus

Passivhaus is a building standard that delivers a high level of occupant comfort whilst using very little energy for heating and cooling. Built with exceptional attention to detail through rigorous design and construction, Passivhaus properties incorporate a variety of features to enhance one's lifestyle. If you're yet to see a Passivhaus property, they're set to grow on a global scale, so one could be coming to a street near you soon!

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2016
JUN
15

The Growing Impact Of Global Warming

First four months of 2016 were the warmest globally in 136 years

External Roller Blinds

The U.N. weather agency is warning of 'fundamental change' in the global climate along with continued warming, following the news that the first four months of 2016 were the hottest globally in 136 years. WMO global director Dr. David Carlson revealed the new data showed 370 straight months of warm or warmer-than-average temperatures worldwide, with Carlson explaining that "the state of the climate so far this year gives us much cause for alarm." 

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2016
JUN
06

Officials Warn Homeowners About Future Heatwaves

External shading recommended to keep homes cool

External Roller Blinds

In a recently-published report, The Government has strongly advised homeowners to 'paint their property white' to protect themselves from heatwaves along with considering metal blinds and dark curtains in a bid to keep their homes cool.

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2016
JUN
02

Keep Cool With Smart Shading

Happy home, happy planet!

External Roof Blinds

When you think about altering your home's design, chances are you probably don't think about how it can affect the planet. With costs and other practical considerations to bear in mind, it's unlikely that environmental impact is a top priority- and you're not alone. Despite our growing awareness of global warming and the importance of leading a greener lifestyle, according to National Geographic's Greendex Survey, people's consumption habits are slower to come to fruition. 

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2016
MAY
09

External Shading Is Key To Tackling Overheating

Cool, energy-efficient homes are hot property!

External Roller Blinds

As global temperatures reach record highs, developers of cool, energy efficient homes are in high demand. And whilst overheating may not appear to be the most pressing environmental issue in Britain with our cold Winters and temperamental Summers, with 83% of Londoners suffering from an uncomfortably home in 2015, this issue is only set to escalate.

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2016
APR
20

Summer 2016 Is Set To Be A Scorcher!

Safely soak up the sun with Caribbean Blinds

Summer 2016

Global temperatures are set to soar over the next few months as rising levels of greenhouse gases teamed with El Nino bring even more record-breaking warmth to our planet. According to the Met Office's forecast for the next five years, 2016 is set to be the warmest year since records began, followed by a slight decline in 2017 as the effects of El Nino begin to lessen.

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2016
APR
15

Take A Tour Of London's First Certified Passivhaus

Camden family home combines sustainability with style

Paving the way for Passivhaus properties, meticulous attention to detail has resulted in a comfortable, urban home for the client's young family, teaming maximum functionality with minimal energy consumption.

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2016
MAR
28

Passivhaus Victory For Leicester University

New Passivhaus building is top of the class!

Oxford Uni Installation

James Ellimen, Operations Manager of the impressive project said: “This is a hugely significant project not only for the university and the region, but also the UK as a whole. Further to that it has been extremely exciting for us to work on such a landmark building. Delivering a Passivhaus on such a large scale is not without its challenges and we employed a number of energy efficient mechanisms to ensure that this standard was met.

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2016
MAR
01

Exploring England's First Passivhaus

From a derelict barn to a desirable dwelling!

England's First Passivhaus

However, architects Seymour-Smith's design for the site eventually won the approval of the planners making it one of only twenty properties in the UK to ever to be granted planning permission in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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2016
FEB
25

Caribbean Blinds To Take Centre Stage At Ecobuild

See our seminar on Wednesday 9th of March at 10.30am

Ecobuild Map

The seminar will look at the rising issue of overheating in modern buildings and how external shading provides an effective solution to prevent overheating and is now a part and parcel of green eco build design.

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2016
FEB
23

Plummerswood Passivhaus

Take a look at this innovative eco-home featuring our external roller blinds

External Roller Blinds

Boasting stunning panoramic views, located in an area overlooking the River Tweed, this private dwelling was completed in 2011. The house was constructed in just six weeks during the harsh Winter of 2010 and has been designed to last 100+ years whilst taking into account the requirements of future generations.

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2016
FEB
19

Adapting Passivhaus Principles

Discover the power of Passivhaus in 2016

External Roller Blinds

If you're unfamiliar with the phrase Passivhaus (or Passive House) as it is otherwise known, this term refers to a building standard that is simultaneously comfortable, affordable, ecological and energy efficient

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2016
FEB
17

Sustainable Office Buildings Increase Workers' Productivity

Comfortable spaces prove key for workplace well-being

External Blinds Office

With features such as external shading systems and low-temperature heating, it's easy to see how green buildings help protect the environment whilst benefiting those that occupy them. This said, the consideration of users during the planning stages is often overlooked. 

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2016
FEB
12

The Putney Passivhaus

Step inside this impressive remodelled residence

Having demolished the previous dwelling with the goal to create a fully sustainable home from scratch, architect Trevor and his wife Steffi successfully completed their Passivhaus project in 2013. Their impressive abode is a textbook example of what can be achieved when great design is combined with an eco-conscious approach to everyday living- and the result is nothing short of stunning.

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2016
FEB
10

The Rising Popularity Of Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic Design through the ages

Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic architecture refers to the design of buildings and spaces that share a connection to nature. By taking account of cli­matic and envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, the interior of these buildings can achieve optimal ther­mal com­fort.

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2016
FEB
08

Natural Air Conditioning

Go green in 2016 with Caribbean Blinds

Natural Air Conditioning

In exactly one month's time, Caribbean Blinds will be exhibiting at Ecobuild, the UK's leading exhibition for the construction industry which places an emphasis on sustainable, innovative design. As the UK’s solar shading experts, the show offers an invaluable opportunity to see our products in action along with understanding the economic, environmental and lifestyle/productivity benefits they provide. 

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2016
FEB
01

Overheating In Modern Homes Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Temperatures are set to soar

External Roller Blinds

Despite the Government-sponsored initiative to build more ‘eco-friendly’ homes, we're beginning to see how this scheme has created many unforeseen, and potentially life-threatening problems. 

External Roller Blinds

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2016
JAN
27

The House With No Heating Bills

Reap the rewards of sustainable design

Along with generating their own electricity, the eco-conscious couple also have a rainwater harvesting system. This operates by diverting water from the guttering into a 5,000-litre tank so it can be used to flush their toilets. As a result, their water bills – charged through a meter – have been reduced by about 60 per cent. 

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2015
2015
DEC
14

The National Gallery Achieves 85% Energy Savings With External Roof Blinds

Solar shading is invaluable in the fight against Climate Change

External Roof Blinds

Due to an ambitious sustainability programme implemented by Arts Council England, over the last two years, England's arts and culture sector saved an impressive £2.3 million along with 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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2015
NOV
20

Concerns Grow For Overheating In Modern Homes

The need for external shading in buildings has never been greater

External Roller Blinds

Due to Global Warming, temperatures in megacities are estimated to rise by as much as four degrees, underlining the urgency for a sustainable and cost-effective solution to this growing issue. In fact, a recent survey by Sustainable Homes concluded that 65% of individuals (some of which are social landlords) believe there is 'real concern within their organisation regarding overheating in residential properties,' with almost half reporting they were 'extremely or very concerned' about the side effects of this issue. 

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2015
NOV
09

Two Degree Rise In Temperatures Predicted For Megacities

Climate Change will increase demand for solar shading

England's First Passivhaus House

This morning The Telegraph published an article highlighting to what extent our megacities will 'slip under the waves' as a result of climate change. The article revealed how scientists believe large parts of New York, London, Shanghai and numerous other cities will be submerged by water as a result of rising sea levels, despite attempts to limit global warming by two degrees at an upcoming global warming summit. 

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2015
SEP
21

Rising Number Of Homes Affected By Overheating

83% of Londoners suffered from uncomfortably hot homes this Summer

External Roller Blinds

Last week The Chartered Institute Of Building reported that a rising number of new builds were being affected by overheating issues, particularly during the Summer months. The survey revealed that of 1,005 Londoners questioned, residents in newer homes were affected significantly more by overheating problems compared to those with older homes.

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2015
JUL
24

Forecasters Warn 2015 Could Be A Record-Breaking Year

Rising temperatures highlight the importance of solar shading solutions

External Roller Blinds

This map highlights how each continent experienced warmer than average temperatures throughout June. 

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2015
JUL
13

'Modern Homes Are Turning Into Ovens'

The importance of external solar shading highlighted in Friday's Daily Mail

External Roller Blinds Passivhaus

Emma explained how, whilst initially the house was "great because I saved on bills and never ran out of hot water" during the Summer "the flat turns into a greenhouse and there’s no way of controlling the temperature. It’s an absolute nightmare at this time of year."

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2014
2014
OCT
24

2014 The Hottest Year On Record

With the warming weather set to continue

Climate experts have warned that if the long awaited ‘El Niño’ (a warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean, that causes the surface of the sea in the area along the equator to become hotter than usual, known to drive up temperatures worldwide) arrives over the next month or two as expected, it will continue into 2015 increasing the probability that 2015 will be even hotter than 2014.

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2014
JUL
09

Overheating In Buildings Is A BIG Issue

Committee on Climate Change warns heatwaves are a threat

The CCC estimate that around a fifth of all existing homes are already at risk of overheating even during a cool summer and forthcoming research from Cambridge University concludes that 90% of hospital wards already overheat.

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