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Bridging the gap between intended and actual performance of low carbon technologies

Dr Terry Keech’s recent study into the barriers to achieving mass low carbon social housing has highlighted the knock-on effect planning policy can have on the entire supply chain. Here, he explains why
fracking companies

Poll reveals Conservative councillors at odds with government fracking plans

A new poll published by the CPRE and Friends of the Earth has revealed that an overwhelming majority (80%) of Conservative councillors believe that planning applications should be required in areas where fracking companies have a license to drill
Heat Pumps

BSRIA World Heat Pump Study 2018

The recently published BSRIA study on Global Heat Pumps in May 2018 indicates sales of hydronic heat pumps progressed at a fast rate in 2017. Year-on-year, sales of hydronic heat pumps had a sustained growth of 32% to a global value of €5.7bn
environmentally sustainable

Majority of Brits want their new home to be environmentally sustainable

The vast majority (78%) of people consider the environmentally sustainable performance of a building important when choosing a new home, according to a recent survey by BLP Insurance
National Infrastructure Assessment

National Infrastructure Assessment urges green revolution

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has today published its first-ever assessment of UK infrastructure and has stated that Britain has a “golden opportunity” to switch to greener ways of providing energy to homes and businesses 
Building Performance

2019 Building Performance Awards open for entries

Now in its twelfth year, the CIBSE Building Performance Awards are the only awards in the built environment sector that are judged on actual, in-use performance rather than projections or designed performance
Active Office

UK’s first energy-positive office opens in Swansea

The UK’s first energy-positive office, which generates more solar energy than it consumes, was opened at Swansea University yesterday (21 June)
energy performance gap

Researcher uses AI to predict building energy usage

A PhD researcher at the University of Huddersfield is using artificial intelligence to better predict building energy usage, in the hopes of minimising the energy performance gap
new buildings

May vows to halve energy usage in new buildings

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged that the energy usage of new buildings will be halved by 2030. The pledge was outlined in an extensive speech on science and the industrial strategy, delivered by May yesterday (21 May)
energy trade

London social housing estate achieves UK’s first blockchain energy trade

Verv has completed the UK’s first energy trade using blockchain technology as part of regulator Ofgem’s Sandbox initiative to test innovative services and business models not possible under current regulation
HVAC

BSRIA HVAC presentations highlight growth in global AC splits & VRF sales

The recent BSRIA global HVAC trends presentations given at the 2018 Mostra Convegno Expo (MCE) in Milan have been hailed a “great success” by a wide range of delegates from all industry segments attending
EPC rating

New EPC rating legislation could shock landlords and tenants

New research from landlord insurance specialists Just Landlords has revealed a nationwide ignorance to a new law that will come into effect on 1 April for all new lets and relets, and for all existing tenancies on 1 April 2020
solar car parks

BRE launches guide for solar car parks

A new guide by BRE National Solar Centre and carport design and manufacturing company FlexiSolar looks at the best way to deliver multifunctional solar car parks that combine renewable energy generation with energy storage and EV charging points
UK New Construction

BREEAM’s UK new construction 2018 scheme to go live

The updated BREEAM UK New Construction scheme prepares to go live this week, following BREEAM’s most comprehensive industry consultation to date

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