Tagged with buildings

Efficiency isn’t always sufficient

Efficiency isn’t always sufficient

One of the problems of focusing on energy efficiency is that as buildings or products get larger, the impact is affected. Last week EiD had a related post. This week Susan Edmunds writes on the stuff.co.nz website about another example where the gains were cancelled. What is your experience?   Growing house size cancels out … Continue reading

Is air quality affecting house prices?

Is air quality affecting house prices?

As we see our cities tackling air pollution, we understandably first turn to the health of their citizens. Katie Morley writes in The Telegraph about another concern, the impact on house prices. Have you experienced this?   High pollution is reducing house prices by 15pc as buyers reject ‘unhealthy’ homes Property listings will include traffic … Continue reading

Re-thinking the design of buildings

Re-thinking the design of buildings

We are well aware that the built environment is a key area that has to be addressed in our climate change strategies. Matt Mace explains in an article on the Edie website about some important new design innovations that could have an important impact.   Lego block’ buildings: Adaptability essential for building stock to combat … Continue reading

A renovation strategy for Europe?

A renovation strategy for Europe?

It was in 1970 when the Beatles released The Long and Winding Road. With the onslaught of the first major oil crisis only four years later, it could be the anthem for energy policy ever since. The beginning of the road was a push to start with more insulation in our buildings in order to … Continue reading

Coping with heatwaves through better design

Coping with heatwaves through better design

This has been a particularly hot summer in Australia. This means that people turn to air conditioning to improve comfort and reduce heat-related stress. With the impact of changes in climate, the problem is going to get worse, not only in Australia but in many other regions of the globe. Lydia Hales writes in The … Continue reading