Retrofitting buildings starts with what you already have

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 Retrofitting buildings starts with what you already have

To reach our climate change targets and produce real, meaningful energy savings we have to think bigger

Cher Murphy writes on The Stewardship Report website about the need for us to be much more ambitious in our actions to improve energy efficiency. What are your views?   Why Small Changes Are Not Enough in Energy Efficiency Millions of people take steps each year to try to reduce their carbon footprint and save … Continue reading To reach our climate change targets and produce real, meaningful energy savings we have to think bigger

Researchers show possibility of making wood transparent raising possibility of it being an alternative to glass

One day, in the future, you might be sitting in a home or working in a building with wooden windows. Steve Eichhorn, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Bristol, writes on The Conversation website that materials scientists have been experimenting with making wood transparent.   Transparent wood is coming, and it … Continue reading Researchers show possibility of making wood transparent raising possibility of it being an alternative to glass

“By failing to prioritize efficiency today, we are leaving hundreds of billions of dollars in additional gains on the table”

Paula Glover, president of the Alliance to Save Energy in the United States makes a strong argument for energy efficiency in an article on the Politico website. While she reflects on energy efficiency policies in America, these are equally true globally.   Want Environmental Justice? Look to Energy Efficiency One of my first jobs was … Continue reading “By failing to prioritize efficiency today, we are leaving hundreds of billions of dollars in additional gains on the table”

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

Upcoming event: EEFIG 2021 Plenary, February 9-10th

This year’s most important event in energy efficiency financing is coming up in two weeks. Make sure to register (see below). The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) organises annual plenary meetings that are open to all members and interested parties. The next plenary is taking place on 9-10 February 2021 in virtual format. This … Continue reading Upcoming event: EEFIG 2021 Plenary, February 9-10th

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