Posted on July 1st, 2015
Lucy Pedler | Director | The Green Register
At the end of last year, I made a comment in one of my TGR blogs about the demise of the Code for Sustainable Homes stating: ‘For seven years, we have had a nationally recognised, holistic standard for measuring the sustainability of new buildings and in my humble opinion, abolishing the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) earlier this year has been a big...
Posted in Building envelope, Carbon emissions, General News, Have your say, Legislation, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Sustainable Development
Posted on June 1st, 2015
Cora Kwiatkowski | Senior Associate | Stride Treglown
The reuse and refurbishment of existing buildings with their embodied carbon is intrinsically sustainable, provided that they can operate effectively and efficiently and that they are located in a sustainable location. But are all buildings really suitable for refurbishment and how can a balance between sustainability and return be struck?
Given that we are just climbing our way out of recession, investment still mainly concentrates on the...
Posted in Building envelope, Carbon emissions, Features, General News, Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Recommended, Retrofit, Sustainable Development
Posted on May 6th, 2015
Two things have been vexing me quite a lot recently. Firstly, the resistance to actually getting things done caused by all the legislation I (we) have to deal with these days. And, secondly, ever since the radio broke in my digger, which of 300+ albums stored on my phone to play next.
I'll tackle the more important issue first. I've various apps on my phone that claim, after I make an initial choice, to be able to compile play-lists for me. Aside from the fact the apps don't know whether I'm path smoothing...
Posted in Features, General News, Have your say, Legislation, Recommended
Posted on April 1st, 2015
Chris Hocknell | Eight Associates
How is the Energy Efficiency Directive changing the way we do business? Is it really achieving its goals or is it just a soft-touch regulation without real tangible achievements?
Overview and Policy Context
Several regulatory instruments have been implemented within the UK to ensure that the UK achieves the cumulative final energy saving target of 27.86 Mtoe by 2020 (2014-2020 period), as per its NEEAP (National Energy Efficiency Action Plan) in...
Posted in Building envelope, Carbon emissions, Features, General News, Legislation, Recommended
Posted on March 1st, 2015
Cath Hassell | ech2o
Legionella pneumophila bacteria (first identified in July 1976) are found in all types of nutrient-rich fresh water environments, including rivers and streams. From these sources they enter and colonise man-made water systems such as humidifiers, cooling towers and hot and cold water systems. The bacteria are dormant below 20°C and do not survive above 60°C. Legionella only become a risk to health if the bacteria multiply rapidly, which occurs when temperatures are between 20-45°C...
Posted in General News, Recommended, Water
Posted on January 1st, 2015
Cath Hassell | ech2o
Anyone who is used to working in the commercial sector and looking at scoring easy BREEAM points will already know all about total washroom control (1). For the rest of you think urinal controls only bigger, better, faster, exerting control over all the water supply into a toilet block.
Benchmarking of schools
The main way of comparing different buildings with regards to how much water they use is based on the number of building users. For schools the...
Posted in Low and Zero Carbon Technologies, Sustainable Development, Water
Posted on November 1st, 2014
Jillian Mitchell | Project Logistics
I recently enjoyed a week’s holiday on a narrow boat. There’s something about pootling around at 3 miles an hour, spending time in the great outdoors, which slows the mind and gives time to think, or better still, time to simply be – a rare treat, these days.
This blog isn’t about my holidays, although of course that would be fascinating. This is actually about water consumption. (I won’t cover the wonders of civil engineering and water...
Posted in General News, Have your say, Recommended, Sustainable Development, Water
Posted on October 1st, 2014
I was planning a whole load of puns to go with this blog especially as my take on this is going to be rather heavy on facts and figures. But actually no, I think it is best that we all suffer the numbers. To my mind to issues surrounding fracking are, in many ways, a lot like those surrounding nuclear power. The public at large want lower bills and energy security at the prices that cheap fossil fuels have always delivered. Unfortunately, the fact that the era of cheap energy bills is now in the past is an inconvenient...
Posted in Features, General News, Have your say, Recommended, Sustainable Development