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Links for April 30th through May 1st

by Mel Starrs on May 5, 2009

in News

These are my links for April 30th through May 1st:

  • Women in construction get funding boost – "A successful initiative set up to support women working in the construction sector, has been granted £420,750 further funding to continue."
  • Building Sector Must Change to Meet Global Energy Targets, New Study Finds – "New modeling by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) shows how energy use in buildings can be cut by 60 percent by 2050 – essential to meeting global climate change targets – but this will require immediate action to transform the building sector…
    “The market alone will not be able to make the necessary changes. Most building owners and occupants don't know enough and don't care enough about energy consumption, and inertia is reinforced by assumptions that costs are too high and savings too low…” Stigson said.
    The project took a bottom-up, market-driven approach to understanding the barriers to lower energy use, based on the most detailed view ever of the current state of energy demand in buildings… Using computer simulations, researchers were able to show the market response to various combinations of financial, technical, behavioral and policy options, identifying the optimum mix to achieve transformation for each market studied."
  • How to… prepare for an economic recovery – Times Online – Great list of ten things to remember – including learning from history.
  • Zero Carbon Hub releases report on zero carbon definition – Building Sustainable Design – "Complexity of ‘allowable solutions’ – Suggestions for ‘allowable solutions’ – to make low carbon buildings more efficient – were thought by some to be too complex and difficult to deliver in practice.
    The report also indicates consensus on the following issues:
    Biggest challenge is in meeting design standards on site: Achieving low air leakage rates and eliminating thermal bridges regarded as bigger challenges than high efficiency windows, highly insulated floors, walls and roofs.
    New definition and framework should be carried over to non-domestic buildings and to the energy section of the Code for Sustainable Homes
    Over 90% of delegates agreed or strongly agreed that legislation is required to ensure higher energy efficiency in homes.
    Delegates wanted to see advice on the energy efficiency targets for 2016 specified with the 2010 update of Part L of the Building Regulations."
  • USGBC: LEED 2009: Technical advancements to the LEED rating system – Regionalisation has been done on a zip code by zip code basis (US only). Eg: Colorado has 650 odd permutations of priority credits (obviously many are the same). Bonus points (one per credit) are awarded if the priority credits for the building location are achieved. An interesting way of recognising regional differences – carrots rather than sticks.