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January 5, 2012

Solar panel installations – DECC announce figures for 2011

Filed under: Environment News, Industry News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 10:55 am

The Department for Energy and Climate Change have reported since the December 12th deadline the number of solar pv installations dropped by a staggering 98% based on figures for the week prior to the 12th

The figures released by the DECC illustrate the boom following the Government’s announcement to cut the FiT rate on 31st October and how in just 6 weeks the UK more than doubled its capacity, with 43% of 2011’s capacity being put in place after the announcement. 

The deadline has no doubt been devastating for a considerable amount of our clients but the requirement for our desktop appraisals since the deadline shows that installations are still going ahead, albeit at a much slower pace.

Our figures for November showed that out of all desktop appraisals undertaken for that month, 83% passed successfully with no strengthening works being required

To find out how we can help you and provide the MCS installer’s clients’ with complete peace of mind, check out our services for solar pv installers here or call to speak to one of our advisors on 0800 027 5130.

August 26, 2011

Confused about feed in tariffs? The FiT scheme explained

The use of solar PV systems is not only hugely cost effective by savings on your energy bills, but can also offer a form of investment with the introduction of the feed in tariff. 

The FiT scheme is available for people who have solar panels, wind turbines and other forms of electrical micro generation technology installed in their homes.

To qualify for the FiT system, the solar PV systems must be installed by an MCS accredited installer and supplier.

The key benefits of the FiT are:-

generation tariff – in which your energy supplier gives money for every unit of electricity produced

export tariff – a payment of approx 3p/Kwh for all excess generated electricity exported to the grid

energy bill savings – by using the power from the installed technology there is less dependence of the conventional electrical power supplied by the grid

To find out more, visit the Department of Energy & Climate Change  & see Kevin McCloud speaking on DECC at EcoBuild.

July 18, 2011

Brewsters launch a range of new services for solar panel installations

Filed under: Company News, Environment News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 12:37 pm

With the growing demand for solar panel installations, we’ve recently launched a range of products designed specifically to suit the needs of MCS accredited installers. 

Our team of structural engineers and surveyors aim to handle your project swiftly and with minimum disruption to the homeowner and the sales process. 

With desk-top appraisals starting from £75 + VAT and visits & reports from as little as £180 + VAT,  call us today on 0800 027 5130 and find out how we can help you.

View our fact sheets for more information:

Brewster’s solar panel services for commercial buildings

Brewster’s solar panel desktop appraisals

Brewster’s solar panel services for domestic properties

June 3, 2011

Thinking of installing solar panels?

Filed under: Company News, Environment News — Tags: , , , — sharon @ 10:09 am

Renewable energy sources such as solar energy are increasingly being favoured by homeowners over fossil fuels. 

With so much emphasis on going green Brewsters surveying practice have launched 3 new products aimed at MCS accredited solar panel installers and have been busy surveying roof frame suitability for solar panel installation all over the UK.

In a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint and in working towards our ISO 14001 our very own ‘Green Committee’ have organised having solar panels installed here at our head office ‘Scotia House’ and we can’t wait to start creating our own power!

If you’re thinking of installing solar panels but don’t know where to start or are concerned if your roof is strong enough, give us a call to find out how we can help you.

April 6, 2011

Driest March on record

Today OCA Landscape Planning Group  reported that “provisional Met Office rainfall figures for March indicate that the month is likely to be one of the driest on record, even with rain falling over recent days.

The UK average rainfall total from 1 to 29 March was 39.1 mm – 41% of the long-term average for the whole of the month which is 95.9 mm.

This provisional figure makes it the driest March since 1953 when 41.6 mm of rain was recorded. However, this month’s figure will increase following the rain which has fallen over the last few days.

England and Wales were particularly dry, with provisional figures suggesting the month could be amongst the driest in the past 100 years.

Although Northern Ireland and Scotland have been drier than average, provisional figures show the two nations less dry during the month.

Many regions within the UK are expected to have had one of their driest March months for a century but with further rainfall being added to monthly totals, this remains unconfirmed”.

For more information on this article, existing and planned land use, trees and arboriculture, ecology and landscape design and much more, go to www.landscapeplanninggroup.co.uk

February 2, 2011

Climate and Capacity Planning for the ‘Subsidence Claims’ World

OCA have issued their latest paper aimed to help those in the world of insurance claims and tree related subsidence of low rise buildings.

The report examines the recent cold weather we have been suffering, the probable causes and goes on to provide forecasts which may aid with capacity planning and what the likelihood is of a ‘Summer Surge’.

Read the report here ……

January 4, 2011

Worried about dangerous trees?

As the extreme winter weather persists you may find yourself concerned about nearby trees and overhanging branches, their stability and what could happen if heavy snow or strong winds caused them to collapse and fall causing serious damage and injury.

NFU have the following advice:-

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November 30, 2010

Hot tips for a cold spell

Filed under: Tips & Advice — Tags: , , — sharon @ 1:47 pm

With more snow on the way, it’s time to prepare our homes for the winter chill and sub-zero temperatures.  Storm, flood and escape of water from frozen pipes are the biggest risk to homes in the winter months.  Don’t get caught out this winter and be left counting the cost.

Prevention is key;  most cases are preventable, it’s all about locating the problem and fixing it before it’s made worse by the ravages of the winter season.

Pipes – the first step is to check lagging on water pipes and cisterns in unheated areas. 

Stop Tap – make sure you know the location of your stop tap so that you can turn off in an emergency – make sure stop taps are in good working order.

Dripping Taps – should be repaired,

Central Heating – get your boiler serviced prior to the onset of winter.  If you are going away for the weekend, it’s a good idea to leave your central heating on low to prevent pipes freezing.  

Roof Tiles – check for any loose or missing tiles as you don’t want any rain coming in.

Guttering – clear the build up of leaves to prevent rainwater spilling over, check the ends of guttering for blockages.   Icicles hanging from guttering in a cold spell are also an indication of where your gutters may be blocked or leaking.

Creeper plants – these can cause cracks in exterior brickwork which can be exacerbated if moisture gets in and then freezes.

Tree branches – overhanging branches should be pruned back to avoid potential damage to your property.

Chimneys – if using a wood burning stove or real fire, remember to get your chimney swept regularly as a blocked chimney is a major fire risk.

Loft insulation – fitting insulation and draft excluders will not only keep your house warm but also reduce your energy bills.

Finally, remember to check your building and contents insurance policies are up to date!

November 18, 2010

‘Energy from Sewage’

Filed under: Environment News, Industry News — Tags: , — sharon @ 9:40 am

Didcot sewage works – together with Thames Water, British Gas and Scotia Gas Networks – is providing gas for 200 households produced from biomethane gas, originally from human waste.

“A joint venture between Thames Water, British Gas and Scotia Gas Networks this marks an important milestone in the UK’s efforts to decarbonise the gas grid and move towards a low-carbon economy. It is hoped this will be the first of many similar projects”.

Read the full article at:- 

http://www.housefixer.co.uk/diy/2010/10/05/sewage-sends-first-renewable-gas-to-grid

November 10, 2010

More flood warnings issued

With more flood warnings issued in York and surrounding areas, here’s some helpful tips from RICS if you are affected:-

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