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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.

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.

Brexit or Bremain – what’s in it for the construction industry?

Submitted by CathHassell on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:10

Views from the industry...

With only a few weeks to go, the noise around the In/Out referendum is getting louder. Concerns about the economy, immigration and the strains on public services abound but views on how the construction industry might be affected are less easy to find.

Reflecting on the International Passive House Conference, Darmstadt 2016

Submitted by CathHassell on Sun, 05/01/2016 - 00:00

Niall Crosson | Senior Engineer | Ecological Building Systems

Reflecting on the International Passive House Conference, Darmstadt 2016. By Niall Crosson, Senior Engineer at Ecological Building Systems and Member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Green Building Council