We have donated two tickets to this weekend’s Euro 2016 warm-up football match between England and Turkey to a teenager battling cancer. 

The tickets to the international fixture, taking place at the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday evening, were made available to the teenager, currently in remission, and his father through Darren Evans’ close association with Children with Cancer UK, its 2016 charity of the year.

Yesterday during the Lords Report Stage of the Housing and Planning Bill, the House of Lords defeated the Government on the zero carbon homes amendment. The defeat – by 48 votes – could see the reintroduction of Zero Carbon Homes, the on-site carbon compliance standard, the Government, rather surprisingly, scrapped last July.

U-values (measured in Watts per metre Kelvin - W/m2K) measure the rate of heat loss through building elements. As they impact on both the dwelling emission rate and fabric energy efficiency targets, they ultimately govern the result of the SAP (the Standard Assessment Procedure) test used to assess a house’s energy performance. Achieving ‘good’ (low) U-values gives you the baseline for achieving and exceeding Building Regulations. But what are the best ways to achieve a good U-value? There are so many options in terms of design and materials you can be spoilt for choice. So where should you start?