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Better understanding how buildings really work

Better understanding how buildings really work

Too often there is a large gap between expected energy savings and actual savings delivered in “green” buildings. Richard Conniff writes on the e360.yale.edu website that the problem isn’t necessarily inept modelling but that there is a need to better improve modelling in order to help builders and developers. What are your views?   Why … Continue reading

Developing an affordable ambitious renovation

Developing an affordable ambitious renovation

There are more and more efforts to go for more and more ambitious energy renovations of buildings. Patrick Sisson writes a good article on the curbed website about a project at Harvard University to create a new proto-type of ultra-efficient existing building that requires almost zero energy. How do you think it compares to other … Continue reading

What is the impact of smart buildings?

What is the impact of smart buildings?

We read regularly about new “smart” initiatives from appliances to grids to buildings to financing. Mahmoud Ayman writes on the Camping Canuck website questioning whether smart buildings are living up to their expectations. What do you think?   Are Smart Buildings Delivering on Their Promise? Buildings might move toward becoming “more brilliant,” yet that doesn’t … Continue reading

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