Sustainable Development

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.