Building sector ‘must go zero carbon by 2050’

The building sector must operate at ‘net zero carbon’ by 2050 to limit rising global temperatures to 2°C, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. That’s according to a new report from the World Green Building Council, which suggests there are currently only 500 net zero commercial buildings and 2,000 net zero homes around the globe. This is significantly less than 1% of all buildings […]

Not-so-green buildings ‘wasting millions’

Thousands of new buildings are using double the amount of energy they should be and costing millions. That’s according to new research from the University of Bath, which says cultural problems in the construction and design industry have resulted in a great deal of confusion about how to create energy efficient buildings. Energy Live News spoke to David […]

Green buildings create “healthy, happy staff”

It’s probably obvious to anyone who has worked in an office that a nicer environment can be good for your mood. But now that common sense bears out in research too – the World Green Building Council uncovered “overwhelming evidence” the design of an office “significantly impacts” how healthy and productive staff end up. The report […]

Greener buildings ‘could save UK £12bn a year’

An ambitious programme of insulating buildings and producing more energy directly from buildings could save the UK around £12 billion every year until 2050. That’s the conclusion of a new report published by industry group Sustainable Energy Association (SEA), which represents a number of energy efficiency and technology providers. The figure would be equivalent to […]

Chinese projects using UK green building standard

Two large building developments in China are using the UK’s green building standard. Watford-based building consultancy BRE says it has awarded its environmental assessment standard to a £20m flagship building called the Living Lattice in Meixi Lake Eco City. The new urban development in the southeast province of Hunan is one of 240 new cities planned […]

‘We are in the era of energy efficiency’

We are firmly entering the “age of energy efficiency” according to an insulation and solar power expert. Speaking at Energy Live 2013 on Thursday, Tom Paul (pictured left), Business Development Manager for Kingspan Energy said it is increasingly in property firms’ interests to make saving energy an issue. He told the audience of energy managers […]

Green buildings ‘buck economic downturn’

‘Green’ building is no longer seen as a niche market and is helping the construction industry buck the economic downturn, suggests a new study. Half of firms in the study said they are planning more than 60% of their work to be green by 2015, up from 28% of firms in 2012. The findings come […]