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.

Many Canadian condominiums opting for geothermal heating and cooling

While most geothermal systems in the past 40 years have been installed in single-family homes, those in the industry say growth in the market is now driven by condominiums. Emily Chung writes on the CBC website about the increasing interest in this technology. What are your views?   Why geothermal is a hot trend in … Continue reading Many Canadian condominiums opting for geothermal heating and cooling

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

Europe’s energy transition: coalition calls for avoiding hydrogen for heating homes

Frédéric Simon writes on the EURACTIV website about efforts by a coalition of business and civil society groups to prioritise renewables and energy efficiency and not  hydrogen when addressing the buildings sector.   Avoid hydrogen for heating homes, urges energy efficiency coalition A coalition of 33 business and civil society groups have urged the European … Continue reading Europe’s energy transition: coalition calls for avoiding hydrogen for heating homes

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

Working at the district level will bring many benefits to combat climate change

It is good to see an article on the important role of districts. Laurie Stone & Matt Jungclaus,  from the Rocky Mountain Institute write on the CleanTechnica website discuss released report, A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities. It reminds EiD of a recent report by Sophie Shnapp for the EC … Continue reading Working at the district level will bring many benefits to combat climate change

New report on zero energy buildings

The global energy demand from the building and construction sector continues to rise, mainly due to rapid expansion of buildings’ floor area and global climate change. Ambitious, yet compelling, zero energy buildings (ZEB) are deemed to directly and effectively address the global issues on climate change and energy scarcity. ReportLinker discusses its new report on … Continue reading New report on zero energy buildings

Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to make residential buildings as energy-efficient as possible

It is encouraging to see the importance the city of Helsinki is giving to promote energy efficient construction. Anton Stoyanov discusses a pilot project in an article on The Mayor website.   Helsinki on the lookout for the builders of the city’s most energy-efficient building Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to … Continue reading Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to make residential buildings as energy-efficient as possible

The energy performance of Britain’s buildings will be monitored from space

Cambridge University’s Institute of Astronomy was awarded a grant to use high-resolution thermal infrared space telescopes to monitor the energy performance of buildings.  Paul Brackley explains in an article on the Cambridge Independent website.   University of Cambridge to use space telescopes to measure energy efficiency of homes The energy efficiency of buildings will be … Continue reading The energy performance of Britain’s buildings will be monitored from space