Carbon emissions

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

Submitted by Dan on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 00:01

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.

Building Facades - Can they mitigate rising urban temperatures?

Submitted by CathHassell on Thu, 12/01/2016 - 01:00

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.

Peak Wood

Submitted by CathHassell on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 00:00

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.

How will the Fifth Carbon Budget shape future development?

Submitted by CathHassell on Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:00

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.

Retrofitting in Room-in-Roof Settings

Submitted by CathHassell on Tue, 12/01/2015 - 14:50

Piers Sadler | Piers Sadler Consulting 

The risks associated with retrofitting solid wall insulation are well known amongst ‘green’ building professionals and practitioners. These risks include risks to built heritage, interstitial condensation, poor indoor air quality, mould and under-performance of the insulation.