Blog from Catrin Maby: How can we regulate for energy efficiency in owner occupied homes? Scotland steps forward

The sharp rise in energy prices this winter has added to the cost of living struggle that many households were already facing across the UK. Our housing is particularly old and thermally inefficient, and the levels of fuel poverty are on the rise again. At the same time, we are painfully aware of the impact … Continue reading Blog from Catrin Maby: How can we regulate for energy efficiency in owner occupied homes? Scotland steps forward

With few carrots and tepid tambourines what is there left to stimulate we donkeys into changing our behaviour?

A market shift is underway in the rental homes sector since UK government legislation mandated that all such properties must have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of at least C from 2025. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation discusses how to shift behaviour in an article in the March issue of … Continue reading With few carrots and tepid tambourines what is there left to stimulate we donkeys into changing our behaviour?

The British energy rating scheme, recognised in law, offers a distinctly cold shoulder to the installation of heat pumps

Andrew Warren, who chairs the British Energy Efficiency Federation, warns in an articel on the Business Green website the already considerable challenge of reducing the cost of heat pumps is being complicated by the inability of Energy Performance Certificate surveyors to recommend a switch to greener heating systems   EPCs don't like heat pumps - … Continue reading The British energy rating scheme, recognised in law, offers a distinctly cold shoulder to the installation of heat pumps

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

Need to improve energy performance certificates for buildings

Freya Wise, PhD Candidate in Sustainability and the Built Environment at The Open University in the UK writes on The Conversation website about the shortcomings of energy performance certificates (EPCs) and the need to improve them, especially for pre-1945 homes in Britain. What is the experience in your country? How we measure energy efficiency in … Continue reading Need to improve energy performance certificates for buildings

Scotland challenged to meet its target for improving energy performance of its buildings

Around 66,000 homes in Scotland will require major retrofitting work every year over the next two decades if the Scottish Government is to meet a key target. Chris McCall discusses latest developments in an article on The Scotsman website.   1.8 million homes in Scotland failing to meet energy efficiency target Homeowners in Scotland may … Continue reading Scotland challenged to meet its target for improving energy performance of its buildings

Of over 7,000 public buildings in UK with Display Energy Certificate, only 107 have “A” rating

We are now realising the important role that labelling plays.  Greg Pitcher writes on the Architects Journal about the poor state of Britain’s public buildings. Is it better in your country? 98% of new public buildings fail to meet highest energy standard Energy efficiency failings have been exposed at thousands of recently completed public buildings … Continue reading Of over 7,000 public buildings in UK with Display Energy Certificate, only 107 have “A” rating

Impact of labelling for energy-efficient chillers in India

The Economic Times Energyworld website in India provides a news item about the impact of an ambitious programme on energy efficiency in chillers – The Chiller Star Labelling Programme  – that consume more than 40 per cent of total energy in commercial buildings. The ministry intends to encourage the deployment of energy-efficient chiller systems, that … Continue reading Impact of labelling for energy-efficient chillers in India

British engineering group Dyson going to court over EU energy labels

James Dyson has had an on-going battle with the EU over minimum energy performance standards and energy labels. Now he feels that the current energy labelling scheme gives an unfair advantage to rivals. James Titcomb explains in The Telegraph.   Dyson heads to European court over vacuum cleaner energy labels Dyson will fight an EU … Continue reading British engineering group Dyson going to court over EU energy labels