The Guardian yesterday reported that renewable energy for last year has beaten global records, with an upsurge in new wind, solar and hydro plants and capacity.
Some of the facts:
• Around 147 Gigawatts of renewable electricity came online in 2015 – this is the biggest ever annual increase.
• Clean energy investment increased to £198bn – 56% of this being solar energy, and 38 % wind power.
Held at The Crystal in London, the Waves of Change event provides the opportunity to attend workshops, discussions and entertainment based around peace, sustainability and environmental issues.
Green Register member Nick Lloyd will be involved in the World Cafe workshop, which will look more specifically at eco technology, eco systems and eco solutions.
Green Register member Koru Architects has designed PassivPod, a sustainable holiday home that combines luxury features with zero-carbon ‘passivhaus’ principles.
Green Sky Thinking is a week long, London-wide events programme for built environment and property professionals, organised by Open-City.
Since 2011, the week programmes 50+ events that showcase sustainable design solutions for London’s current built environment challenges. Unlike conferences or tradeshows the events are informal and on-site project talks, thereby providing 'real' exemplars for the industry to learn from.
A scheme 6 years in the making and conceived of by its architects as a blueprint for the ‘country house of the future', has been granted planning permission at appeal by the Planning Inspectorate. Judging the design for the cutting edge eco home as ‘Architecturally outstanding’, Inspector L Gibbons has granted permission in accordance with Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
Green Register member Urbane Eco, one of Bristol’s most forward thinking building companies, have moved to larger premises on an industrial estate in St Anne’s as their range of operations expand to include the supply of sustainable building materials to the trade and self builders. Having struggled with the supply chain for many products over the years they decided to not only stock more for their own use, but to facilitate other SMEs using them too.
I’ve been working with the Green Register for over a year now and one of my roles is to explore new avenues for promotion. This includes identifying new markets for the courses, promoting The Register (and so members) to the public, expanding cross-over with builders (trades and merchants), and engaging more with local authorities.
It’s been a productive time.
jhai Ltd is an Approved Inspector (AI), licensed every five years by the government - via the Construction Industry Council (CIC) - to carry out Building Regulations approvals (Building Control) as an alternative to Local Authorities. The Green Register has recently approved a partnership agreement with JHAi that will promote best practice site workmanship and detailing through our training courses.