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BetaTalk is the recent winner of the British Renewable Energy Awards 2020 communication category “which recognises an organisation who has done most to enhance awareness or championed positive change for renewables or clean technology with key opinion formers: parliament, government or the public”Nathan Gambling known as BetaTeach on Twitter discusses energy and the transition to low carbon technologies such as solar thermal and heat pumps with some of the best renewable engineers. He is uni ...
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Zoning In: Low Carbon Heat

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Efforts are heating up in the transition to renewable energy sources and undoubtedly heat presents one of the best opportunities in terms of decarbonising the UK. Zoning In: Low Carbon Heat, a limited podcast series from Womble Bond Dickinson, brings together industry insights and our expert lawyers to provide unique views as well as a full picture of heat and the UK's heat networks rollout, from zoning to implementation.
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Livable Low-carbon City

Michael Eliason

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Michael Eliason is a Seattle-based architect who has lived and worked in Germany. The Livable Low-carbon City explores the stories, places, and people working to make our buildings and cities more sustainable, enjoyable, and humane – in the face of a changing world. New episodes every other Friday. ish.
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Low Carbon Business Podcast

University Of Derby

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With significant momentum toward a net zero economy and increasingly strident calls for companies to prioritise climate action, sustainability is the next frontier of business transformation. At the Low Carbon Business Podcast, we speak to experts in carbon reduction and pro-environmental business leaders paving the way for a greener future. If you’re looking for support with reducing your footprint, tune in and start your low carbon journey. Series 1 is part-funded by the European Regional ...
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From wind and solar to hydrogen and nuclear, Cormac O’Malley explores the challenges and opportunities presented by clean energy technologies with a host of experts from Imperial College London. This podcast is brought to you by the Integrated Development of Low-carbon Energy Systems programme and Energy Futures Lab, Imperial’s global energy institute.
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In the first episode of season 10 which is being sponsored by Ultimate Renewables Supplies Nathan speaks with Madeleine Gabriel the Mission Director for Sustainable Future mission at NESTA and Adam Bell, formerly a civil servant at DECC, BEIS and DESNZ and now policy Director at Stonehaven. Support the Show.…
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In this episode I spoke to Nigel Banks, Technical Director at Octopus Energy. Nigel is author of Fabric Fifth which many now see as the common sense approach to retrofitting and decarbonising homes. Nigel spoke in a personal capacity. I was extremely grateful he came on the show. I have been critical of Octopus in certain regards but am also well a…
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As the UK's energy transition continues to build up steam, heat networks are rising to the top of the discussion – but what exactly are they? Join WBD Partner Andrew Hirst, Solicitor Rebecca Cowley, and Interim CEO of the Association for Decentralised Energy Caroline Bragg, as they talk all things heat networks and zoning – from where heat networks…
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Nathan was grateful the IMA reached out to ask if their CEO, Simon Storer, could come on the podcast to contribute to a very interesting debate. Nigel Banks from Octopus (who wrote this fabric article) was scheduled to appear on the show and will be coming on for a follow up episode. Nathan was very grateful Richard Erskine, who could step in at sh…
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Nathan sat down to chat all things heat pumps and training with Clayton Brown from CB Heating. EDF acquired CB Heating back in 2022 which is one of the largest heat pump installation entities in the UK. EDF’s strategic investment and partnership with CB Heating have supported the development of the HPIN Academy. This academy provides free training …
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Heat pumps move energy from and energy source e.g. air, ground water (hence they are called :air source, ground source) to a sink. The sink is the emitter system within a home e.g. radiators, underfloor heating (UFH) and fan coils. Engineers, Installers, designers and the occupants of a home rely on radiators having accurate power output data. Unfo…
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In this episode Nathan chats to Paul Eastwood, Head of Energy Systems Planning at OFGEM and the past Senior Climate and Energy Advisor at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Also joining the heat pump conversation is engineer Barry Sharpe from Renewable Heat The discussion focuses on what an ideal customer journey is. Paul has had a h…
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Sweden have had a long tradition with heating technologies and have incredible expertise regarding heat pumps. Nathan talks to the Swedish company AIRA, the new entrant to the UK's heating and home renewables industry. AIRA will be installing heat pump and other technologies across Europe bringing their expertise first to Italy, Germany and the UK.…
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As the title states, you are a very special group of people to me. You listen to me ramble on about heating for a start and I am very grateful for that.. So, thank you. I appreciate that very much. This is the first episode of 2024 and I wanted to do something a bit special. Something for you. As you know, this podcast is called BetaTALK... and the…
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In this episode Nathan chats to Paul Spence, a very competent and highly regarded heating engineer. Paul installs a range of heating system types including heat pumps. It's a long but highly interesting episode. If you want to hear Paul's credentials first skip to around the 1hr 05 min mark... and then come back to the beginning of course. Paul als…
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Here is the link to the heat pump installer survey (lot's of prizes to be won) In this episode Nathan speaks with Glyn Hudson and Trystan Lea who along with open source enthusiasts have created open energy monitor and heat pump monitor. Heat pump installers and consumers are installing monitoring equipment such as heat meters onto their heat pump s…
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Nathan speaks with Sandra Trittin, co-founder of tiko Energy Solutions and co-host of the podcast Talking New Energy from LCP Delta. Joining Sandra is Talking New Energy's other host Jon Slow partner at LCP Delta. The discussion centres around how we may be able to heat pumps, batteries and EVs as as virtual power plants to increase the flexibility…
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In the first episode of a new season Nathan chats to James Macnaghten, CEO of Caldera. Caldera manufacture and supply thermal storage solutions for industrial heat processes. Get early access to their investment opportunity here Thank you to season sponsors Grundfos Support the Show.על ידי Nathan Gambling BetaTeach
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Econic is a new venture from Nathan's friend Christophe Grossbaier. Its aim is to make the transition from gas boilers to heat pumps smoother for both customers and installers and uses a hybrid heat pump business model to achieve this. With an engineering background and Masters from Cambridge University, Christophe appreciates heat pumps can heat a…
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Nathan dives into the history of heating systems and looks at why chemical inhibitors were introduced to prevent corrosion. He also points out that manufactures are possibly misinterpreting the building regulations e.g. they are getting confused with a requirement within the building regs and the guidance contained in an approved document. It also …
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In this episode Nathan interviews Faye Wade, his favourite academic researching the heating industry. This is because Faye understands that the most vital component of the industry is the engineer and that we need to really listen to them. Joining Faye are Nathan's friends Leah, Sovay and Rhiannon who are all involved in installing and maintaining …
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Alongside usual episodes from the BetaTalk Podcast, Nathan will be helping the Carbon Trust and the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero disseminate knowledge around the learnings from the Heat Pump Ready Programme with around 10 extra podcast episodes. This is episode 1 of these special Heat Pump Ready bulletins. The Heat Pump Ready Programm…
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In this conversation Nathan chats with Jonny Hancock, product manager at NIBE about some of the products and solutions they have on offer including their new exhaust air heat pump being launched at the InstallerShow 2023 You can find the links discussed on the show below NIBE Training University of West London PVT case study Support the Show.…
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*Update: in this episode Damon and host Nathan realised after editing there was a mistake. An easy one to make as engineers like Damon have so many numbers running around in their head. He mentions he sizes radiators to 50°C when in fact Damon is one of the engineers who designs to a lower flow temp of 40-45*C for a radiator heating circuit. In thi…
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I really enjoyed this episode chatting with Andrew Middleton, Managing Director at British Gas Zero and Steve Petrie, regional manager at British Gas Zero who also is a former British Gas engineer. I brought along for the ride my friend Adam Gilhespy from Carno to help me host the conversation as he also is a former British Gas engineer and like An…
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Recycled refrigerant and Energy Performance Declarations are discussed in this episode alongside the wider discussion around whole life carbon and the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. Nathan's guests are: Ryan Philp, the Business Development Manager at Daikin Ellie Burkill, Energy Sustainability Consultant at XCO2 Sara Godinho, Associate at X…
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The BetaTalk podcast speaks to friends at Kensa about their approach to using heat pump technology for domestic heating. Nathan and Wouter Thijssen, MD at Kensa Contracts, explain 5th generation heat networks (known as ambient loop) and how they are different to other types of district heating. For more info about the check out the links below ITV …
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Fantastic guests and a fantastic episode which digs deep into the Energy Performance Certificate. Nathan is joined by Madhuban Kumar, CEO of Carbon Laces; Stuart Fairlie, MD of Elmhurst Energy and Marcus Shepheard from the Climate Change Committee Support the Show.על ידי Nathan Gambling BetaTeach
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This is the 100th episode so a big thank you to all the listeners and all those who have taken part. BIG THANK YOU TO MyEnergi who are this season's sponsor It features European policy expert Louise Sunderland from the RAP UK policy and innovation expert Guy Newy from Energy Systems Catapult (past sponsor of the podcast) AND expert heating engineer…
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Two years ago, a German newspaper ran a piece hinting that Green Party Bundestag member Anton Hofreiter was calling for a ban on new single family homes. Hofreiter had not been calling for a ban on single family homes, but rather an end to subsidies that cater to sprawling detached single family homes, as well as the lower energy efficiency standar…
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Mark from the architectural practice LEAP discusses with Nathan airtightness, ventilation, thermal comfort and passivhaus. Questions arise such as should more loft insulation be put in and how windows ideally should be fitted. A few papers are mentioned and the links can be found here: Passivhaus Secrets (Free Documentary Case Studies) Passivhaus T…
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Strike. Verb. A disaster, or other unwelcome phenomenon that suddenly occurs and has harmful or damaging effects on something. Zoning has afflicted our cities - some might say even damaged them - through their lack of flexibility and sterility. A hundred years on, the experiment of zoning is a massive failure. However, it doesn't have to be this wa…
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It’s no secret that agriculture is having a massive impact on our planet. In fact, the farming sector accounts for around 10% of all UK emissions. Lowering this carbon footprint requires a change in farming practices and consumption habits, and that’s the focus of Croots Farm Shop and Cafe. The family-run business works hard to reduce food miles, f…
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Housing prices in the US are completely out of balance. Affordable housing is difficult to attain in entire metropolitan areas. There are few options for middle class households, and even fewer for working class residents. We need a reset on the American dream. From one that is sprawling, unaffordable, lonely, carbon intensive, and exclusive – to o…
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Measuring Heat pump system design with Brendon from Heacol Link to slides for the test can be found here THE TEST RIG Brendon discusses how he first designed the test rig with Ulster University for testing the heat pump he had built which is specifically adapted for UK climate, the UK's building stock and how the homes in the UK are commonly heated…
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The future of conservation relies on an enduring relationship between humankind and the natural world. Those who are more in tune with their natural surroundings are more likely to behave positively towards the environment, wildlife and habitats. Jamie Quince-Starkey is the founder of Down to Earth Derby, a company that seeks to connect people with…
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Aufstockungen is the German term for vertical additions. These are rooftop additions common throughout European cities - where many structures were built with concrete, block, or stone. Vertical additions offer a really interesting path towards re-compacting (densifying) existing neighborhoods in an incredibly sustainable manner. They preserve more…
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Our cities are full of ghost projects. Lost opportunities. Potentialities that could have prioritized safe streets or public health. Transit station with homes for cars, instead of a neighborhood for people. Streets that prioritize speeding cars, instead of safety and sustainable mobility. But the reality of our cities, at least in the U.S. – is th…
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The eye-watering results of Greenpeace’s recent Big Plastic Count show that, of 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging thrown away by households across the country every year, just 12% is recycled here in the UK. We sat down with plastic-free entrepreneur Simon Irons to talk about the big issues. After a career in buying and supply chain managemen…
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According to a recent poll, only 1 in 10 UK-based SMEs measure their carbon footprint, and 1 in 5 don’t fully understand the term ‘net zero’. It’s clear that more support is needed for businesses, to connect the dots and make going green simple, actionable and affordable. That’s where Zellar comes in. Zellar is a groundbreaking sustainability platf…
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We spoke with Graeme Fox from BESA about the first world ventilate day. You can watch live also their webinar which will also be recorded 12:00pm GMT - Tuesday 8 November 2022 Join our panel of experts as they discuss how good ventilation can improve health and wellbeing as well as protect buildings. We will share top ventilation tips and practical…
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Several of our friends and colleagues are currently going through divorces and other changes in their family household structure. Many of them were homeowners. However, Seattle - as many other cities in the US, has a pretty severe housing shortage. There are very limited options for housing that is affordable for single parents or those co-parentin…
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Nestled at the southwest edge of the Black Forest, close to where France, Germany and Switzerland all come together - is the Green City of Freiburg. I spent a year living and working in Freiburg in 2003-2004, with a really amazing architecture firm ( Pfeifer.Roser.Kuhn Architekten) doing incredible things around low energy buildings and dowel lamin…
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For decades, the housebuilding sector has given us poorly built houses that are costly to heat and emit high levels of carbon dioxide. Under new government regulations, newbuild homes must produce around 30% less CO2, so we need more innovation in the sector. Positive Homes build energy-efficient, affordable houses and seek to innovate in every are…
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We chat to Phil Jones from Alpha about boilers and their need to be working better with proper control. We also mention the hybrid offering from Alpha where for aprox. £3100 a home owner can have a new boiler which is connected to a 4kW fan coil unit outside. Enjoy the episode and thanks for listening Support the Show.…
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Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have had fairly significant wildfire smoke for the last six weeks. For the most part, wind patterns have kept much of the Seattle Metro from experiencing the worst of it. That changed this week, as weather patterns shifted and the dense wildfire smoke cloaked our region for several days, thrusting both Seattle and …
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A few months ago, Larch Lab was contacted to start discussions of an ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) focused on climate adaptive urbanism, influenced by the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. With the effects of climate change becoming more frequent and intense than anticipated – we can no longer wait ten to twenty years to adapt to t…
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Global production sectors are responsible for a fifth of carbon emissions and consume a whopping 54% of the world’s energy sources. Many businesses within the manufacturing and engineering sectors are exploring ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Lindhurst Engineering - and their problem-solving approach to business - is paving the way for a mor…
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