However it has suffered from teething problems as the Government struggles to organise finance, IT and issues around moving house and even clearing people's attics. Frustrated building companies expressed disappointment that the legal contracts around the loans were not sorted out sooner so they could start installing measures. Paul Hicks, Sustainability & Design Manager at VELUX, said it was disappointing so many people who have had an assessment have failed to carry through to a deal.
“The disappointing Green Deal results, showing conversions of assessments to be less than 1%, is a major blow to the Government's commitment to being 'the greenest ever'. Thus far the initiative has failed to deliver a viable framework for home improvements and consequently has simply not addressed the key issues surrounding energy efficiency in existing housing stock.” Nigel Banks, of Keepmoat, a specialist in installing efficiency measures, said builders have been unable to offer contracts because the financial packages are not yet in place.
The Dingle's much-loved Florence Institute received a Royal Institute of British Architectsarchitectural award for its outstanding restoration this year. It was among four outstanding Merseyside buildings to be celebrated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for design excellence. Affectionately dubbed “The Florrie”, the community centre was reopened by the Prince of Wales last January. An astonishing £6.2m restoration of the 1890-built structure by architects Purcell returned the fire-ravaged property to its original magnificence. In direct contrast, the RIBA awards' national category winner is Marks & Spencer's sustainable store at Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, by architects Aukett Fitzroy Robinson. It is also the company's biggest store outside London. Besides the Florrie – and also in extreme contrast to it – are two other North West regional RIBA winners. “These projects represent architectural excellence on a national level, projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client's expectations. “Investing in good design for our towns and communities is vital; even in hard times we must continue to create vibrant and inspiring buildings and places for future generations to use and enjoy. “Best of luck to the national winners for architecture's 'Oscars' – the RIBA Stirling Prize.”
Dozens of designers, landscape architects and contractors transformed the 11,000-square-foot Tudor home's rooms into showpieces, all at little cost to the seller. The 1980s kitchen—likely to turn off potential buyers—was gutted and rebuilt with the sleek cabinets, intricate tiling and Sub-Zero refrigerator that shoppers were likely to look for. A modern limestone soaking tub replaced a dated, wood-paneled Jacuzzi tub, and tired landscaping was refreshed, said Ms. Pomphrey, an agent with Coldwell Banker Previews International in Rumson, N.J. "Now, you could just move right in," she said. Decorator show homes are a beloved tradition in many U.S. cities. The show-home season typically kicks off when the warm weather sets in, and the homes stay open to the public for three or four weeks. Visitors pay an admission fee of between $25 and $60 to tour the homes; the money is usually earmarked for a charity. After paying for things like insurance and electricity, most show homes raise between $100,000 and $200,000, organizers say. But charities aren't the only beneficiaries. Show homes thrive on sponsors and donations: Few involved are paid for their work, though almost everyone aims to benefit. Designers put their best work forward to attract new clients. Furniture and equipment suppliers receive free publicity. And the homeowner is often looking for help improving—and ultimately selling—the home.
Kina International Handelmesse for Hygiene, Opvarming, Ventilation og Luftkonditionering Ny Kina International Udstillingsmidte Beijing, Kina, 8 – 10 april 2013
ISH Kina & CIHE opnår et andet vellykket år med høj udstiller og besøgendedeltagelse
Leverandører og afgørelse-lavende køber roser udstillingens professionalisme Kantbegivenheder forsynede mere anledninger for netværke og forretningsudvikling Berømt som Asiens største begivenhed for HVAC & Hygieneindustri, ISH Kina & CIHE – Kina International Handelmesse for Hygiene, Opvarming, sluttede Ventilation & Luftkonditionering dets 2013 udgave med protokol-sættende besøgendebesøg og udstillerdeltagelse. Den 2013 udstillingen blev holdt fra 8 – 10 april på Beijings Nye Kina International Udstillingsmidte. Organiseret af Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd og B & D Tigerudstilling Co Ltd, taltrak messen 881 udstillere (2012: 816) fra 21 lande og regioner. En sum af seks haller blev udnyttet, dække 80.000 sqm af plads. 36.897 besøgende (2012: 33.156) fra 59 lande og regioner kunne til kildepunkter samt kogekar og mur-hængt kogekar, varmepumper, solarenergiindretninger, radiatorer og anfald, opvarmer vekslere, luftkonditioneringsenheder, gulv-opvarmingsindretninger så godt som varmemålere, faucets, doucher systemer, badekar, plombere tilbehør og hygienevarer. Om de blev involveret i distribution eller sourcing for forestående projekter, blev købere tilbudt en imponerende opstilling af teknologier og løsninger at møde deres behov.
The plan encompasses an area of 28 square kilometers, including Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Yangshan Free Trade Port Area and Pudong Airport Comprehensive Free Trade Zone. The area is almost the same size as Macao, and its trade volume topped USD 100 billion last year, the highest on the mainland. In this area, a new economic order will be established with its own set of rules for commerce and finance. Indeed, the Shanghai free trade zone, as it is temporarily called, is set to have even more of an impact than other such entities in Shenzhen or Tianjin, the report said. The project, mapped out at the beginning of this year and approved this week, is the first of its kind in China. Ready for submission to the State Council later this month for the official seal of approval, the project is expected to start operation in phases in the second half of this year at the earliest. "It is a new national strategy that everything should be secured before the plan really gets started," said Wan Zengwei, director of the Pudong Academy of Reform and Development in Shanghai. Pudong's attractiveness also include Disneyland project, which is set to be completed by 2015. Much concern has been expressed that the establishment of the Shanghai free trade zone will pose a threat to Hong Kong. Wan said Shanghai will not challenge Hong Kong's status as a major global free port, as the latter promises and provides more open policies. Hong Kong Trade Development Council has been closely monitoring the development of the free trade zone plan. But Jacky Chung, the council's regional director for eastern and central China, said it is probably not yet time to predict the impact of the plan. Zheng Weimin, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Shanghai and Hong Kong play different roles in the Chinese economy and their functions are complementary. Hong Kong's advantages lie in its sound legal system and market openness. Their relationship is more cooperative than competitive.