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Eco-Refurbishment Course at CAT

This week a group of eager DIY-ers have been busy learning about eco-refurbishment at CAT. Over the past few days they’ve learned about ecological improvements you can make to existing buildings through practical exercises and specialised guided tours of CAT. The developments in environmentally conscious building are coming along in leaps and bounds, but as it currently stands few people in the UK will have the opportunity to construct their own new eco-home. Refurbishing existing housing stock can make... Read More ››

The Labour party looks to a zero carbon Britain

Ed Miliband has echoed key aspects of the Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) report at the annual Labour conference in Brighton. He stated that “the environment is a passion of mine” before announcing: “Labour will have a world leading commitment in government to take all of the carbon out of our energy by 2030. A route map to one million new green jobs in our country. That is how we win the race to the top.” CAT’s... Read More ››

Serenity – CAT Professional Diploma Summer Building Project 2013

Sebastian Lomas, one of our Professional Diploma in Architecture students, shares his experiences of the annual summer building project: As is usual for the CAT summer building project, it all began with a 24-hour design charette in June with students working in teams or independently on their proposal for the project. The site was to be the space adjacent to the recently completed biomass building with a brief to provide a covered dry space for around 30 school children... Read More ››

The Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire – Q&A with the Organisers

What is a ‘Maker Faire’? Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this... Read More ››

ZCBlog: Wind, the Liberal Democrats and Nuclear

In a disappointing U-turn for the party masquerading as ‘green’, this Saturday the Liberal Democrats voted to drop their longstanding opposition to nuclear energy. Paul and Danielle from Zero Carbon Britain say of the decision: “It is deeply concerning that a political party manifesting as ‘green’ would take such a regressive stance on nuclear, while the case for investment in renewables continues to build in terms of safety, local job creation and rising to the challenge of climate change.... Read More ››

Green New Deal: a new report and the route to zero carbon Britain?

Today sees the launch of the latest report from the Green New Deal Group: A National Plan for the UK, and a strategy to kick-start the nation into the age of the ‘Green New Deal’. Unveiled on the 5th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse, the plan is designed to fundamentally transform a still-broken financial system and reduce the deficit, while revamping the UK’s aging infrastructure to meet a range of environmental and social challenges. Rising to the challenges of... Read More ››

BBC Energy Day – Tobi’s Perspective

Thursday 5th September this year was the BBC’s ‘Energy Day’. BBC Radio 5 Live was powered entirely by renewables throughout the day as they hosted debates on and around the theme of energy. Tobi Kellner, one of CAT’s renewable technology experts, was on hand during the 5 Live breakfast programme to provide an expert opinion on Zero Carbon Britain and the future… When I got off the tram at Salford’s MediaCity UK at shortly after 8am, I was a... Read More ››

Solar, Wind and Hydro: a REBE Student’s Experiences at CAT

Julian is a former student on the MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment course at CAT. Here he explains why he decided to study for a Masters and what made CAT so appealing.  I joined the MSc REBE course at CAT in September 2010 and studied on a part time basis, culminating with the hand in of my thesis in January 2013. Happily I passed with a merit. I found CAT both challenging and fun. The background of... Read More ››

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