Efforts to preserve historic buildings have greatly hampered their ability to be retrofitted with energy-efficient solutions

Academics find that preservation policies preventing historic buildings from being fitted with energy-efficient measures added £5.6 billion to energy bills across an eight-year period in England. These costs ought to be weighed against any benefits of preservation. Chris Lines explains in an article on the City, University of London website.   The energy costs of … Continue reading Efforts to preserve historic buildings have greatly hampered their ability to be retrofitted with energy-efficient solutions

With buildings empty, service providers hungry for work and capital cheap, it seems a great time to bring buildings into the 21st century

Sarah Golden writes on the Greenbiz website about the opportunity right now during the lockdown to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings.   Now is a great time to optimize energy in buildings. You'd think Despite being mostly empty, commercial real estate energy bills are mostly unchanged. Commercial buildings in the United Kingdom have … Continue reading With buildings empty, service providers hungry for work and capital cheap, it seems a great time to bring buildings into the 21st century

European Court of Auditors states that greater focus on cost-effectiveness still needed in co-funded energy efficiency investments in buildings

The European Court of Auditors recently assessed whether EU co-funded energy efficiency investments in buildings had cost-effectively helped the EU toward its 2020 energy saving target. Cost-effectiveness is not a determining factor for allocating public funding to energy efficiency measures in residential buildings, according to a new report from the ECA. Despite improved guidance from … Continue reading European Court of Auditors states that greater focus on cost-effectiveness still needed in co-funded energy efficiency investments in buildings

Our buildings need to be ready for the changing climate

The European Commission wants us to start a renovation wave for our buildings and it considers that the national long-term renovation strategies are an important input to the 'renovation wave’ initiative announced as part of the European Green Deal. While they were due early March, only six Member States have submitted their strategies and of … Continue reading Our buildings need to be ready for the changing climate

Strong argument for renovating homes in America’s Great Lakes region

Increasingly, arguments are being made that strategies to encourage renovation of buildings to address climate change. Nicholas Rajkovich, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York explains in an article on The Conversation website the many benefits from renovating buildings.   To protect people in the Great Lakes … Continue reading Strong argument for renovating homes in America’s Great Lakes region

The buildings sector is essential for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis

The construction sector is essential for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. It can rapidly create large amounts of jobs and involves far-reaching value chains of small and large businesses. At the same time, the building sector presents a massive – and largely unused – opportunity to respond to the climate crisis. Christiana Hageneder … Continue reading The buildings sector is essential for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis

Four ways companies can drive financial results and mitigate risk through energy efficiency

John Schinter, Executive Vice President of Client Solutions at Redaptive Inc., provides his views on how to encourage energy efficiency. What do you think of his four suggestions?   Shifting The Paradigm Of Energy Efficiency Improving the bottom line is always top of mind for companies. The trouble is, costs are always going up, whether … Continue reading Four ways companies can drive financial results and mitigate risk through energy efficiency

The unsustainability of our houses getting larger

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University has an important message in an article she wrote on The Conversation website: To reduce overall energy demand, we need to start looking much more closely at housing policy rather than improving technology in individual homes. This fits well with the work undertaken by the eceee and expressed … Continue reading The unsustainability of our houses getting larger

London will need much more “green” office space by 2030 to meet sustainability pledges

Louisa Clarence-Smith writes on The Times website about recent analysis that shows the increasing need for green offices over the next decade.  Is the same true in your country?   Demand for green offices will soar to meet carbon targets London will need much more “green” office space by 2030 to meet sustainability pledges made … Continue reading London will need much more “green” office space by 2030 to meet sustainability pledges

Recent study shows Estonia amongst the countries with the most energy efficient buildings in Europe

The Estonian Research Council has published on the Eurekalert website the results of a recent study that shows the progress made in Estonia to build energy efficient buildings.   Scientists: Estonia has the most energy efficient new nearly zero energy buildings A recent study carried out by an international group of building scientists showed that … Continue reading Recent study shows Estonia amongst the countries with the most energy efficient buildings in Europe