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Links for January 27th through January 31st

by Mel Starrs on February 3, 2012

in News

These are my links for January 27th through January 31st:

  • HVCA :: Ground source heat pump guidance – Brilliant source of links and technical documents: "This online Renewable Technology Guide will help to give you an understanding of the technology and application of ground source heat pumps (GSHP) to provide heat for water in domestic and small commercial buildings."
  • UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) « Defra – Built Environment one of 5 sectors: "The Government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of its kind for the UK and the first in a 5 year cycle."
  • UK Energy Policy 1980-2010: A History and Lessons to be Learnt – The IET – "The publication identifies some key trends in the development of UK energy policies, and offers some reflections on what has changed (and what has not) and what lessons might be learned. The review:charts the significant changes the UK has experienced in the structure of energy supply and demand since 1980;
    demonstrates that trends in energy policy cannot be analysed in isolation from the broader trends in politics and political philosophy that underpin successive governments;
    demonstrates that successive governments have been faced with a difficult task of balancing multiple policy objectives and instruments, and
    charts the diminishing attention paid to energy policy after the privatisations of the 1980s and its gradual rise, with climate change, to centre stage again."
  • Exclusive: LENI is included in new Part L | Lux Magazine – "Part L is the section of the regulations that deals with energy efficiency, and the current method of calculating lighting efficiency is based on specifying minimum levels of performance (in lumens per circuit watt) for light fittings.
    However, in the 2013 version of Part L, a new method – based on what’s called the lighting energy numeric indicator, or LENI, and based on a complex calculation of factors – will be an alternative to the current luminaire-efficacy approach. It takes a more holistic approach and is expressed in kWh/m2 per year, making it easier to set a minimum and compare buildings.
    If LENI achieves widespread adoption, then in future editions of Part L it could become the sole method."
  • Summary of Green Deal Consultation Responses | fairsnape isite – Great list of public responses to Green Deal consultation, collected by Martin.
  • Building4Change : EU consults on spread of LED-based lighting – "It is predicted that faster LED deployment will help reduce energy use from lighting by 20 per cent by 2020, but there are market challenges: high purchase prices, lack of familiarity among potential users and a lack of common standards."
  • New regulation to cause a dip in eco-standards | News | Inside Housing – I despair: "Under the Tenant Services Authority’s revised regulatory framework, which is out for consultation until 10 Feburary, landlords will no longer have to report the energy efficiency of their stock."