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Links for October 24th through October 29th

by Mel Starrs on October 30, 2009

in News

These are my links for October 24th through October 29th:

  • Campaign calls for strengthened renewables policy – PlanningResource – "Ministers pledged in July to update the guidance in PPS1 and PPS22 to "ensure that they set a clear and challenging framework for delivering energy infrastructure consistent with national ambitions."
    TCPA energy policy manager Kate Henderson said: "The planning system can play a key part in tackling climate change by ensuring we get the right amount of renewable energy, by encouraging carbon zero development and by shaping development which reduces the need to travel by car.
    "But despite some excellent rhetoric, much of the planning system is still locked in the age of stupid. It allows carbon intensive development and often refuses real solutions to climate change such as renewable energy projects."
    Ministers plan to publish a draft new PPS on climate change and renewable energy by the end of the year, with the aim of adopting new guidance before the end of the current parliament."
  • Energy standards for homes to fall short of Passivhaus – Building – The death knell for CSH?: "The Hub has proposed a radical overhaul, with builders asked to meet an annual energy output per square metre depending on building type, rather than satisfy the points-based system operated by the code."
  • UK must replace 12 million non-condensing boilers by 2022 says CCC – CCC recommends that: "Non-residential buildings achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or higher by 2020."
  • SuperFreakonomics Ignores the Business Case for Sustainability – Andrew Winston – HarvardBusiness.org – I have largely missed the Superfreakonomics geo-engineering debate – this is a good starting point. Hoping to catch Levitt and Dubner at LSE later this month – some pointed questions will be ready…
  • Statistics watchdog hits out at government emissions claim – PlanningResource – "The government has been exaggerating the UK's success in cutting carbon emissions, according to the UK Statistics Authority.A Department of Energy and Climate Change claim that carbon emissions were 12.8 per cent lower in 2007 than in 1990 is "unsatisfactory" and falls short of the government's code of practice for official statistics, said the watchdog's chairman Sir Michael Scholar.In a letter to the Commons environmental audit committee chairman Tim Yeo, he said nearly a third of that fall is made up of carbon credits in the EU trading scheme and do not represent real
    cuts. The fall is 8.5 per cent without the credits."
  • RIBA to bin ‘outdated’ fee scale graphs | News | Architects Journal – So everyone will be laminating their old copy then? : "The RIBA is to drop its fee scale graphs in the latest edition of A Clients Guide to Engaging an Architect.
    The loss of the graphs, which featured percentage fees based on independent cost survey data, marks the demise of the institutes once compulsory fee scales abolished as mandatory in 1982 and as recommended scales in 1992.
    The RIBA maintained the revised guide would still contain concise written advice about how practices calculate fees and structure payment options."
  • PassivHaus UK – My current obsession with U-values unearthed this gem: "Please note that whilst PHPP includes a worksheet for calculating the U-values of components it is not sufficiently accurate for demonstrating compliance against UK building regulations as it does not adhere to BRE document Conventions for U-value calculations (2006 Edition). Whilst the U-value calculator incorporated within PHPP is used as a basis for certification purposes designers are recommended to use suitable U-value calculator software packages for demonstrating UK building regulations compliance and undertaking SAP calculations, suitable software includes BRE's own U-value calculator, or other software packages such as BuildDesks free U-value calculator."
  • Climate Change (Political Response): 21 Oct 2009: House of Commons debates (TheyWorkForYou.com) – Andrew Stunell (Lib Dem) reminds us all of a forgotten Bill during last week's 1010 debate: "In 2004, I was fortunate to be top of the ballot and able to introduce the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill in this House. I wish to say to the House and to the Minister that there have been missed opportunities as a consequence of the Government not choosing to implement what was in that Bill, which allowed them to amend the building regulations to take account of the sustainability and efficiency of buildings."
    Worth reading the entire debate (despite the outcome)
  • http://www.elementalsolutions.co.uk Nick Grant

    Nice round up Mel

    Curious to hear what you make of the Superfreakanomics talk. I was underwhelmed by the first book despite the whacky title and tempting snippets.

    Agree BRE statement on U calcs is a gem!!! I’d be very curious to see the example that meets PH requirements but with more accurate calculation, fails B Regs!! Sure the PHPP calculation cannot be uses to accurately model a cavity wall with metal ties but I don’t think BRE needed to embarrass themselves with the silly statement.

    Interestingly their latest clarification on certification says that the calculator in PHPP must be used (whilst introducing other UK specific nonsense).

    Luckily the Germans have a sense of humour, what with out zero carbon buildings, Code for Sustainable Homes and more accurate U value calculators!!

    I’m sure there will be interesting discussions on the Passivhaus Designer course next week with people from BRE and PHI present, can’t wait.

  • http://www.elementalsolutions.co.uk Nick Grant

    Nice round up Mel

    Curious to hear what you make of the Superfreakanomics talk. I was underwhelmed by the first book despite the whacky title and tempting snippets.

    Agree BRE statement on U calcs is a gem!!! I’d be very curious to see the example that meets PH requirements but with more accurate calculation, fails B Regs!! Sure the PHPP calculation cannot be uses to accurately model a cavity wall with metal ties but I don’t think BRE needed to embarrass themselves with the silly statement.

    Interestingly their latest clarification on certification says that the calculator in PHPP must be used (whilst introducing other UK specific nonsense).

    Luckily the Germans have a sense of humour, what with out zero carbon buildings, Code for Sustainable Homes and more accurate U value calculators!!

    I’m sure there will be interesting discussions on the Passivhaus Designer course next week with people from BRE and PHI present, can’t wait.