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Local authorities' new kid on the block - can they help today's broken housing market?

Posted on March 1st, 2017

Dan Weisselberg | The Green Register

Dan Weisselberg, The Green Register's Business Development and Outreach Manager shares his views on the broad role Passivhaus can play in our broken housing market.

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Posted in General News, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Sustainable Development

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What would improve the quality of energy strategies submitted at the planning stage?

Posted on February 1st, 2017

Chris Hocknell | Eight Associates

Chris Hocknell, Eight associates’ Technical Director shares his views on how to evaluate and improve the quality of energy strategies at planning. Eight Associates are members of The Green Register.

Energy strategies require careful evaluation at planning. An effective energy statement provides a roadmap for those working on the strategy post-planning approval – ultimately dictating the building’s energy...

Posted in Building envelope, Carbon emissions, Features, Legislation, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Recommended

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A Passivhaus ‘Feast’ | The Green Register Passivhaus ‘Bitesize’ Courses

Posted on January 1st, 2017

Neil Turner | EBS

In November I attended a series of four half day Passivhaus ‘bitesize’ courses run by The Green Register (TGR), Warm and AECB CarbonLite in Bristol. Based on my career background (previously with Warmcel and now with TGR partners EBS: www.ecologicalbuildingsystems.com) I was fully aware of the typical building envelope insulation and airtightness requirements for Passivhaus construction but wanted to...

Posted in Events, Features, Have your say, Recommended

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Building Facades - Can they mitigate rising urban temperatures?

Posted on December 1st, 2016

Brian Murphy | Green Building Encyclopaedia

A recent announcement anticipated temperatures of 48 degrees C in London in 2050, 14 degrees higher than the Midlands peak of 34 degrees C in July 2016. Urban climate specialists argue that building façade design needs to respond to alleviate the consequences of future high temperatures.

Today’s 100% glazed sealed facades, favoured by letting agents and developers, (and often essential in the noisy trafficked and...

Posted in Building envelope, Carbon emissions, Have your say, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Uncategorised

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A day out with The Green Register

Posted on November 1st, 2016

Bronwen Thomas | Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards

A window to another world… airtightness, wet stone, fancy sticky tape and ‘breathing’ walls. How we can reduce energy use, but through two very different methods, but with the same concern for moisture within the wall.

When I agreed to facilitate a day of TGR training, I wasn’t bargaining for such a mind expanding day that covered everything from the cultural impact of weather on the urban geography of the British Isles, to magic...

Posted in Building envelope, Events, General News, Have your say, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Recommended

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Peak Wood

Posted on October 1st, 2016

Rob Borruso

We live on a finite planet, resources are limited, most stuff is running out etc. The good news is that there are resources that rely on the sun in one way or another, that are getting constantly renewed, i.e. renewables. These are solar, wind, hydro and biomass (or woodfuel). But biomass is not quite a 'renewable' as we've assumed even without the issue of using arable land to feed power stations instead of people.

As we all know the two 'big' renewables, wind and sun, have some intermittency issues for which...

Posted in Building envelope, Carbon emissions, Features, General News, Have your say, Legislation, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Sustainable Development

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How will the Fifth Carbon Budget shape future development?

Posted on September 1st, 2016

Thomas Vazakas | RPS Group

In 2008, Parliament introduced the Climate Change Act. The Act, which is independent from European Union (EU) legislation, established a legally binding target to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. The recent vote to leave the EU does not change this commitment.

To drive progress and set the UK on a pathway towards this target, the Act introduced a system of carbon budgets to be produced in successive five year...

Posted in Carbon emissions, Features, General News, Have your say, Legislation, Recommended, Sustainable Development

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Reducing hot water demand in Passivhaus dwellings

Posted on August 1st, 2016

Cath Hassell | ech2o 

The Passivhaus standard is recognised as a methodology that has a major role to play in reducing the 50% of CO2 emissions that come from the UK’s built environment. This is either in a new build scenario or as an EnerPHit to existing buildings - always assuming that Brexit doesn’t mean it will no longer have validity in the UK. But to my mind it has one major flaw, and that is the absence of a design standard for hot water use. 6% of CO2 emissions in the UK come from...

Posted in Carbon emissions, Have your say, Recommended, Retrofit, Sustainable Development, Water

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Three rules to make Passivhaus much easier

Posted on July 1st, 2016

Piers Sadler | Piers Sadler Consulting

I am rarely approached these days about a new project without Passivhaus being mentioned.  Most architects and many clients have an understanding that Passivhaus represents the highest standard of energy efficiency; some have an understanding of the energy performance gap and are aware that adopting the Passivhaus standard will help to eliminate it; others are aware that Passivhaus provides excellent thermal comfort and indoor air quality; but few make it easy...

Posted in Carbon emissions, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Recommended, Sustainable Development

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Brexit or Bremain – what’s in it for the construction industry?

Posted on June 1st, 2016

Views from the industry...

With only a few weeks to go, the noise around the In/Out referendum is getting louder. Concerns about the economy, immigration and the strains on public services abound but views on how the construction industry might be affected are less easy to find.

In January, Building magazine reported that there was considerable concern that UK withdrawal from the EU would be damaging for the British construction industry and the magazine has come out in support of staying in the EU. The results of an...

Posted in Features, General News, Have your say, Recommended

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