Guest Blog: Vilnis Vesma – 50 ways to waste energy

Your fellow subscriber Vilnis Vesma wrote the following for a group of energy champions that he had been training. It was intended as a light-hearted “sideways look” at the subject, and never intended to be shared more widely, but he later learned that they had been using it as a behaviour-change aid.

Climate change ‘could see additional 1.2m properties across Great Britain flooded by 2050’

A new report says this flood risk would be driven by increased rainfall, higher sea levels, more frequent and severe storms and higher coastal surges

‘Government must remove VAT on retrofits and help digitalise construction sector’

A new report by Green Alliance calls on the government to support digital technologies to help the sector recover and drive towards net zero

Canada’s ‘first net zero college building’ to absorb thousands of tonnes of CO2

Centennial College in Toronto is expected to open the new timber-based structure in 2023

Buildings ‘should be retrofitted rather than rebuilt’ to decarbonise sector

The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission says current government tax structures incentivise the unnecessary demolition of buildings

Sustainable home
Half of people between ages of 25 and 40 ‘want next home to be green’

However, a new report shows only 24% of this group would actually be willing to pay more money for sustainable features

New York
New York looks to build a greener future with $30m competition

The programme aims to advance the design, construction and operation of low or zero-carbon buildings

ENGIE builds a clean future with construction supplier deal

The French gas and electricity giant will provide CEMEX with renewable power

Building developers ‘should be required to use low carbon construction’

Construction activities are currently responsible for around 7% of London’s nitrogen oxide emissions

UK Green Building Council launches project on energy performance

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has launched a new research to explore how building performance can be improved. It will focus on energy consumption, water use and other aspects which impact the environment. It follows an previous project which looked at how the building sector could deliver a zero carbon policy for non-domestic buildings by 2019. […]