Greener homes, jobs and cheaper bills on the way as government launches biggest upgrade of nation’s buildings in a generation

  • Green Homes Grant opens for business today to help homeowners upgrade their homes and save up to £600 a year on their energy bills
  • tenants also benefit from the new measures, with consultation launched on upgrading private rental properties by 2028 as well as new scheme for social housing
  • new work will be created for accredited tradespeople in green construction, supporting 100,000 jobs across the UK
  • £3 billion plan to upgrade buildings an essential part of building back greener from coronavirus and reaching net zero emissions by 2050

Homes, schools and hospitals across England are set to be greener and cheaper to run thanks to a £3 billion plan to upgrade the nation’s buildings – the biggest in a generation.

Starting today, homeowners can sign up for big savings on upgrades to their homes under the government’s £2 billion Green Homes Grant, with an additional £1 billion announced to improve

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AI-controlled sensors could save lives in ‘smart’ hospitals and homes

As many as 400,000 Americans die each year because of medical errors, but many of these deaths could be prevented by using electronic sensors and artificial intelligence to help medical professionals monitor and treat vulnerable patients in ways that improve outcomes while respecting privacy.

“We have the ability to build technologies into the physical spaces where health care is delivered to help cut the rate of fatal errors that occur today due to the sheer volume of patients and the complexity of their care,” said Arnold Milstein, a professor of medicine and director of Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC).

Milstein, along with computer science professor Fei-Fei Li and graduate student Albert Haque, are co-authors of a Nature paper that reviews the field of “ambient intelligence” in health care — an interdisciplinary effort to create such smart hospital rooms equipped with AI systems that can do a range of things

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Covid-Era Tech Grads Launch Careers From Parents’ Homes

Caren Zeng started a job at Google this month. She works from a bedroom at her parents’ house.

Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Eric Lee has dreamed of working for Microsoft Corp. for as long as he can remember, and was stoked this spring to land a job at the tech giant right out of college. But instead of traveling across the country to start his career at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Lee joined the workforce this month from his family’s house in the suburbs of Boston.

The arrangement has its comforts. Every hour Lee’s mom brings him a different type of cut-up fruit, then usually noodles for lunch. But he feels disconnected from his new colleagues in a way he wouldn’t if they were sharing an office. When Lee gets stuck on a tricky line of code, he sends a message asking for advice, then tries to

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With low interest rates and supply of homes down, Danville becomes hot real estate market | Business News

Robert Bridgforth with Wilkins & Co. Realtors said the boom has been going on since about January.

“Sellers are getting multiple offers within two weeks of listing dates. The historically lowest interest rates, sometimes below 3%, are driving buyers to commit to 30-year fixed rates,” he said.

Other aspects of the pandemic

Moody also cites the low interest rates, but added that some workers actually got an economic boom during the pandemic.

“The essential workers are working extra, and the workers who got temporarily laid off got an economic boost from the government,” she said.

That can be tricky, though. She said that workers need to be back at work for a couple of paychecks before being approved for a home loan.

One of her clients had to postpone his new home search because he took a free pass on a house payment, which disqualified him.

Another way the pandemic

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