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The Haney Energy Saving Group

The Haney Energy Saving Group

Well-being, Community, Environment

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  • Eco care home creates unique interior

    Environment, Environmental Design

    When the Fisher Partnership wanted a bespoke interior for their purpose-built care home, Whitby Court, they turned to Shackletons for seating and soft furnishings that would reflect the high standards of care and comfort the company is committed to providing.

    Jenny Fisher from Whitby Court says: “We were very aware of not reflecting an institutionalised image when completing Whitby Court. This unique home required a unique interior treatment that would enable us to offer something completely bespoke.”

    “We found Shackletons were on our wavelength, they engaged with our thoughts, understood our requirements and really worked with us to get the right seating and soft furnishings for our residents.”

    Sarah Thompson, Regional Sales Manager at Shackletons says: “Working with Whitby Court was a pleasure; their level of creativity and input enabled us to push the boundaries of interior treatments within a care home. I believe we have created a bespoke environment that reflects a person-centred approach whilst offering fit for purpose and comfortable furniture that will last in a demanding environment.”

    Shackletons provided over 100 individual seating options in varying comfort styles and fabrics throughout the home with soft furnishings to complete this very individual care home look.

    Whitby Court is the Whitby’s first purpose-built ecological care home and includes a biomass boiler, solar panelling, LED energy-saving lighting and underfloor heating throughout to mini...

  • An online marketplace will let U.S. homeowners to evaluate selections for going solar as easily as they can compare prices for airline tickets for the first time this December.

    Geostellar is a startup backed by power producer NRG Energy Inc. It is in quest of becoming the Expedia or Orbitz of the solar industry. The said solar industry is a one-stop shop where consumers can not compare the benefits of leasing solar panels versus buying them outright alone but eventually sign up to install a system.

    On the site,, Solar players together with NRG, No. 1 U.S. installer SolarCity Corp, Boston-based solar loan provider Admirals Bank, manufacturer and financier Conergy, East Coast installer Roof Diagnostics and Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority will feature their products.

    Geostellar looks forward to its platform will let installers and financiers to lower the price of getting hold of new customers. It is a main objective in the ferociously competitive rooftop solar industry. Solar companies are centered on cutting prices therefore they will be able deliver on their promise to save customers money on power bills by converting to solar.

    Geostellar will make money by claiming a portion of a system’s total installed price – between 10 and 20 percent, Chief Executive David Levine said.

    According to Levine, Geostellar, which was founded in 2010, got its start by selling data to solar companies that showed the solar energy potential ...

  • Reducing the emission of GHG (Engineering)

    Community, Environmental Design


    Depending on which organization we are talking about, there are varying technical and operational procedures required to reduce the emission of GHG. The International Council on Clean Transportation released a long list of recommendations that would reduce the GHG emission (Appendix I), while IMO through the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) identified different classifications for the same purpose.

    On April 9, 2009, the MEPC released its second IMO GHG Study. In the study, MEPC identified four categories of options to reduce ships emissions, namely:

    • Improving energy efficiency, that is, burning less fuel to attain the same output by optimizing the design and operation.

    • Exploring renewable energy sources (sun and wind).

    • Using emission-reduction technologies (chemical conversion, capture and storage)

    • Using fuels that produce less emissions (natural gas and bio-fuels)

    Improving energy efficiency through boiler design and operation

    Optimizing ship design

    The design technology is categorized as short to medium term; it has to be inputted during construction of new ships. However, some of these optimization steps can be applied to existing ships. Each new vessel’s design specifications, such as ship’s size and the targeted speed, are considered the main hurdle toward achieving the optimal energy efficiency for the ship. Furthermore, some ports and rivers may impose limitations on the ship’s draught which further reduces its efficiency.


The challenge to achieve these worthwhile goals goes hand-in-hand with our efforts to develop sustainable sources of energy

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