Policy Landscape

Zero Carbon Hub recently published their 2016 Programme Delivery Timeline report (pdf, 7 pgs). Zero Carbon by 2016 is looking optimistic at best, given allowable solutions has not yet been defined: Overview The Zero Carbon Hub maintains a series of timelines and convenes a cross-industry ‘Timeline Group’ on a regular basis to review and report […]

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This morning I went to the launch of the ‘business plan’ I blogged about back in March. All the usual suspects gathered in Kings Place near Kings Cross for a two hour romp through the report in a Dragon’s Den style format. I tweeted some of the event (once the wifi was sorted out) as […]

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McLeod, R.S., et al., An investigation into recent proposals for a revised definition of zero carbon homes in the UK. Energy Policy (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.02.066 I found this paper via one of the many publications I scan via RSS. The paper has two slants to it – an excellent history of zero carbon and the route […]

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Very quietly pushed out on 17th April 2012 (the only press I’ve seen which picked it up were Construction Enquirer – linked further down), a press release buried in the Masonry First website heralded the launch of a new report from ‘think tank’ The Futures Group “Building Better Homes for the Customer” (pdf, 16 pages). Their […]

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Via Andrew Lainton’s excellent planning blog (a must read ifyou’re interested in the NPPF) comes the advice for inspectors (pdf) with regards to NPPF – two paragraphs of interest to me: Provide more flexibility regarding manner in which local planning authorities meet local requirements for decentralised energy supply. Encouragement for local planning authorities to map areas […]

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UKGBC have recently made announcements on their plan to develop a business plan for “UK Built Environment Plc”, with Deloitte steering the research: The mega company needs to develop a plan for the next 40 years. By developing PEST-based scenarios for future operating environments, and conducting SWOT analyses to determine a range of strategic options, […]

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For those not blinded with consultation fatigue, there is 4 weeks left to respond to the EEDO call for evidence for energy efficiency. By all accounts these guys need as much help as possible – the office has been set up with around 50 civil servants from all over (including Treasury) whose first strength may […]

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BREEAM, Part L and my digital life

by Mel Starrs on February 19, 2012

in BREEAM, Me, elsewhere, Part L

I feel like I’ve been blogging quite a lot lately, but then I realised most of what I’ve written has been pubished in magazines and on other websites. So a quick update is due. This blogpost on “Defending BREEAM (again)” led to BD asking if I’d write the pro side of the Debate piece “Should […]

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Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England was published on 21 November to much fanfare and, with what is becoming much more common, widespread trailing of the content on the run-up to the publication and announcements. So what was there for sustainability within the strategy? Nothing much was reported in the press, either industry […]

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There has been lots of comment in the press about how the cuts to feed-in-tariff will add to fuel poverty but a dearth of numbers so far. I just couldn’t help myself – I had to do some digging. Firstly, a short history of fuel poverty and the official definition. The current definition (which I […]

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