I’ll be joining Building Design’s exciting virtual event entitled Sustainability Now on 13th and 14th May. You don’t have to leave your seats, but do join us some time over these two days for what looks likely to be an event with lots of healthy debate, something The Green Register is renowned for.
Amongst other topics, we’ll be discussing what are the best scale-able ways of improving our existing stock of properties, possible closer ties between BREEAM and LEED, how the Passiv Haus method could be expanded to apply to non-domestic buildings and the old chestnut, the definition of zero carbon.
Follow this link for information on the event – http://www.building.co.uk/hybrid3.asp?typeCode=403&subTypeCode=15134&pubcode=43 and this one to register http://vts.ubmstudios.com/SustainabilityNow/
It pains me to say this and even more to write it down but ‘Thrifty Dave’ (aka David Cameron) is correct in that the way forward through the economic gloom is to become more thrifty, although quite how the Tories intend to achieve this is not clear, least of all to themselves. We cannot ‘grow our way out of a recession’ as darling Alistair stated last week in the Budget report and at the G20 meeting held in London a few weeks ago our great leaders went even further by closing their eyes and throwing inconceivable amounts of money at the problem, perhaps hoping that the sheer number of bank notes would patch up the gaping hole in the economy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Guest Blogger Robert Borruso
The session started off with an in-depth look at global energy supply as it currently stands – which for many was an eye opener. Seeing the numbers there on the screen in glorious Powerpoint really brought the ‘business as usual is not an option’ message home. We moved on to have a look at some of the current technological solutions available to the specifier. It then became apparent that the hype surrounding a technology is rarely a good pointer to how well it really works, which simply confirmed some attendees suspicions. Read the rest of this entry »