there is a growing number of tools to help refurbish and renew existing buildings and cities are paying attention to this.

A good article on the Propmodo website provides a good message about our climate goals and buildings. It says we cannot build our way to meet our sustainability goals. It goes on that there is a growing number of tools to help refurbish and renew existing buildings and cities are paying attention to this. What … Continue reading there is a growing number of tools to help refurbish and renew existing buildings and cities are paying attention to this.

Britain’s energy transition: creating jobs requires effective policies to promote energy efficiency

The potential for jobs creation in energy efficiency is immense. But this will only be realised if it is matched by government enthusiasm behind effective policies. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, discusses the situation in Britain in the January issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry.   Jabs and jobs go … Continue reading Britain’s energy transition: creating jobs requires effective policies to promote energy efficiency

Calls to overhaul the Energy Performance Certificate system in UK underpinning the ratings amid mounting evidence that they are inaccurate

Energy performance certificates (EPCs) were introduced in 2007. Yet in a report last month the Climate Change Committee gave warning that the certificates had “extensive issues” and that there was an urgent need to make them fit for purpose. Emily Gosden discusses the problem in an article on The Times website.   Energy certificate ‘flaws’ … Continue reading Calls to overhaul the Energy Performance Certificate system in UK underpinning the ratings amid mounting evidence that they are inaccurate

Addressing Britain’s energy-inefficient building stock: a system-wide perspective is needed rather than passing the buck down to homeowners or housebuilders

Sankar Sivarajah, Head of School of Management and Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy at the University of Bradford provides his views in an article on The Conversation website on how to improve Britain’s energy-inefficient housing stock. What are your views? The UK has some of the least energy-efficient housing in Europe – here's … Continue reading Addressing Britain’s energy-inefficient building stock: a system-wide perspective is needed rather than passing the buck down to homeowners or housebuilders

Comparing France and Germany in their building renovation strategies

To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the question of renovating buildings to be more energy-efficient is of crucial importance. More than ever before, it is the subject of debate on both sides of the Rhine. Lucie Duboua-Lorsch and Lukas Scheid report on the EURACTIV website.   Energy-efficient building renovation: a Franco-German challenge Even before the … Continue reading Comparing France and Germany in their building renovation strategies

Blog from Stuart Fairlie: Don’t reinvent the wheel for commercial property retrofit

In the same way that Government-approved technical standards provided the foundation for the Green Homes Grant and the low energy retrofit of millions of UK homes, so similar energy efficiency standards are now being developed that should pave the way for the retrofit of commercial buildings. The only trouble is, the first draft of these … Continue reading Blog from Stuart Fairlie: Don’t reinvent the wheel for commercial property retrofit

Understanding Europe’s Renovation Wave

The European Commission unveiled a new energy efficiency strategy that could see 35 million buildings renovated and up to 160,000 green jobs created. It is useful to go directly to the EC website to have a better understanding. The following are questions and answers to help us better understand this new initiative.   Questions and … Continue reading Understanding Europe’s Renovation Wave

New report from BPIE on progress by EU member states to provide their renovation strategies

A new report from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe assesses the compliance of the 14 available long-term renovation strategies (as published on the website of the European Commission on 8 September 2020) against the provisions in Article 2a of the amended 2018 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EiD earlier this summer wrote about the … Continue reading New report from BPIE on progress by EU member states to provide their renovation strategies

Blog from Anders Wijkman: Home retrofitting in the EU: An opportunity to build back better in a post COVID-19 world

The built environment, which includes our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals, libraries, and other public buildings, is - as we know - the single largest energy consumer in the EU. It is responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of the EU’s total energy consumption and 36 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. 75 per cent … Continue reading Blog from Anders Wijkman: Home retrofitting in the EU: An opportunity to build back better in a post COVID-19 world