Making buildings greener — both in their construction and their running — could significantly affect the impact cities have on climate change

Cities are needing more buildings than ever. But buildings produce a third of global carbon emissions and the climate emergency demands a swift transition to green buildings. Energy-saving green tech and design can help a building run efficiently, but upfront emissions from construction must be considered too. Teh Shi Ning discusses the developments in Singapore … Continue reading Making buildings greener — both in their construction and their running — could significantly affect the impact cities have on climate change

EBRD advances first loan to support renovation of residential multi-apartment buildings in Lithuania

Addressing a core issue in the effort to improve the use of energy in Lithuania, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is lending €67.5 million to support an innovative scheme to scale up renovation of residential multi-apartment buildings – its largest direct investment in renovating privately owned buildings in the country, according to … Continue reading EBRD advances first loan to support renovation of residential multi-apartment buildings in Lithuania

What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

With some of the worst levels of energy efficiency in Europe, Britain’s housing stock is in urgent need of a plan to encompass wishes, grants to alleviate fuel poverty as well as installer training. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, provides his views in his column for the July/August issue of Energy … Continue reading What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

Recycled vegetable oil heats Scottish home

Since March a family in Scotland has been using recycled vegetable oil to heat their home.  The renewable liquid fuel is made from certified waste fats and oils and manufactured by a synthesised process with hydrogen to create the fuel. Sally Guyoncourt discusses latest developments in an article on the inews website.   Family become … Continue reading Recycled vegetable oil heats Scottish home

The important role energy performance certificates can play to encourage low carbon home heating

Andrew Warren, chair of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, explores the potential future for building Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as the UK shifts towards lower carbon home heating in an article first published on the Business Green website.   What role could EPCs play in the crucial shift towards low carbon home heating? The days … Continue reading The important role energy performance certificates can play to encourage low carbon home heating

New analysis by European Environmental Bureau – EU governments keep fueling dirty heating

New analysis shows that 16 out of 27 member states are still financing fossil fuel heating, despite calls to phase out gas boilers by 2025 to achieve EU climate neutrality goals. These dirty subsidies cripple the deployment of clean heating technologies such as heat pumps and solar thermal devices. This year, only seven countries – Croatia, … Continue reading New analysis by European Environmental Bureau – EU governments keep fueling dirty heating

New book on thermal design of buildings

The way we heat, cool and ventilate our buildings is central to many of today’s concerns, including providing comfortable, healthy and productive environments, using energy and materials efficiently, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As we drive towards a zero-carbon society, design solutions that combine architecture, engineering and the needs of the individual are increasingly being … Continue reading New book on thermal design of buildings

Are we fit for 55?

We have all been figuring out how to meet our Paris climate commitments. The European Union has been ramping up its level of ambition as well as the means to achieving those targets. This week the European Commission adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies … Continue reading Are we fit for 55?

A policy paper for fossil-free districts and cities from Energy Cities now available

A new report by Energy Cities details the key drivers and solutions to ensure that cities can deliver heat planning if required and drive the transition toward a fossil-free future. Good practices that cities are already implementing to phase out natural gas are also showcased.   Why and how fossil fuels in buildings will be … Continue reading A policy paper for fossil-free districts and cities from Energy Cities now available

Impact of climate change on our buildings

Ran Boydell, Visiting Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Heriot-Watt University discusses in an article on The Conversation website about the fragility of our existing buildings as we cope with significant climate changes.   Most buildings were designed for an earlier climate – here’s what will happen as global warming accelerates Climate change will affect every aspect … Continue reading Impact of climate change on our buildings