Policy Landscape

CBI ‘Unfreezing the market’

by Mel Starrs on November 12, 2011

in Strategies & Consultations

The CBI have released a report aptly named ‘Unfreezing the market‘ which makes 11 recommendations, both short and long term, for the government and the market to kick start the housing market, which should in theory then boost the wider economy. After the doom and gloom of the past few weeks (a series of FiT […]

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Fill in the survey and be in with a chance of winning an iPod nano. A key priority for the UK-GBC is to build capacity and understanding around sustainability throughout the industry. To achieve this we are in the process of developing a training and education programme for professionals working in the built environment and would […]

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Anyone else getting impatient waiting for documents to be published? High on my wishlist are the NPPF and the government reponse to the IGT report. The good news is that the new Construction Strategy (pdf, 43 pages) confirms our wait is almost over: Specific actions will be developed in relation to Government‟s construction strategy for […]

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Via the ACE a fascinating report on European energy efficiency policy: Prepared by ACE and Dr Joanne Wade, the new eceee report is based on a survey completed by eceee members and other contacts in most Member States together with an online stakeholder consultation. The report is designed to help decision-makers and relevant stakeholders appreciate […]

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Localism, zero carbon and planning

by Mel Starrs on May 23, 2011

in Zero Carbon

A few announcements in the last week on localism, zero carbon and planning – we’re slowly inching towards a new paradigm*. So, where do we stand? The Localism Bill will now go to the Lords after 300 MP’s voted in favour (216 against). I had thought that we might get the definition of ‘presumption in favour of […]

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EPBD-2 – a quick guide

by Mel Starrs on May 16, 2011

in Strategies & Consultations

NHBC and ZCH have issued a very useful 15 page guide to EPBD-2: Zero Carbon Hub with NHBC Foundation has developed an introductory guide to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD-2). The guide provides a brief overview of the Directive and highlights the actions (Articles) proposed by the first and second EPBDs, giving special […]

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Last Wednesday, buried in the midst of all the material associated with the Budget, came a watered down (almost) definition of zero carbon. I shall attempt to illustrate a short history of zero carbon and the past five years below, but the lesson remains this (from Robert Kyriakides almost 3 years ago): Trying to work […]

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Quite a week for PV (some of what follows also relates to other small scale renewables but PV is the main issue here). An announcement was made by HCA last week regards double counting funding with regards to FiT (feed-in-tariff). The gist is that FiT cannot be claimed by Partners on NAHP funded schemes for […]

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CIBSE Expert Zone – Building Regulations Part L 2010

by Mel Starrs on February 24, 2011

in Part L

I was recently approached by CIBSE EPG (energy performance group) to take part in their Expert Q&A on Building Regulations Part L 2010. I’m on a panel with Ian Orme and Ant Wilson and we’ve already answered over 10 questions. In this area of the website we provide regular access to experts in their field by […]

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This could be huge news for DEA’s if it goes ahead. From ” Making energy performance certificate and related data publicly available: Privacy impact assessment” from CLG in Jan 2011, para 7.4.2: Where an Energy Performance Certificate is inaccurate, it must be replaced at no charge to the consumer. Energy Performance Certificates are valid for […]

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