A bumpy ride for zero carbon

This month Planning and Building Control Today report on the turbulent ride for the Housing & Planning Act 2016, which has passed between the House of Lords and the Commons, with little agreement. Last month we reported the closure of Zero Carbon Hub, following the withdrawal of funding, with Government deciding not to pursue the zero carbon target. This month the House of Lords have overthrown the government’s decision to scrap the zero carbon homes standard. This standard was scrapped last year. The bill returned to the House of Commons where amendments including the zero carbon one were debated by MPs. Yet in the last few days the update is the government has defeated the Upper House and successfully scrapped the Zero Carbon Homes policy by four votes.

In-use performance

The UK Green Building Council has published a report Delivering Building Performance. The conclusions support the argument against specification switching, both in terms of so called “value engineering” but also early involvement of the manufacturer.

Eleni Soulti, in her blog for the Institute of Corporate responsibility and sustainability sets out how sustainable building certifications bring significant added value in many ways, including asset value, risk mitigation, cost savings and improved interior environments. In an article for Planning and Building Control Today Romag ask Should more companies consider energy efficient architectural design?

A new straightforward guide to operational aspects of energy management and building controls, produced by from BRE and the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA), aims to encourage uptake of the technologies so that building owners and occupiers can benefit from better indoor environments.

Green Infrastructure and Power

A new infrastructure standard has been launched, PAS 2080 which sets out the principles and components of a carbon management system and requirements on the whole value chain in infrastructure.

And BRE is now offering testing services related to new performance standard PAS 8820, which has been developed for manufacturers, specifiers and designers of concrete containing alkali-activated cementitious material (ACCM*).

A new report shows that the installation of wind power increased 23.2% in 2015 compared to 2014. This 21st annual edition of Navigant Research’s World Wind Energy Market Update benchmarks the global wind energy market and the activity of all large-scale wind turbine manufacturers.

The UK Government has identified surface water source heat pumps (SWSHP) as a key part of its strategy to cut the amount of energy the nation uses by 80% by the year 2050. CIBSE, together with the Heat Pump Association (HPA) and the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA), have produced the first Code of Practice relating to surface water source heat pumps.

Arcadis have released the Sustainable Cities Water Index. The overall index examines the water sustainability of 50 cities from 31 countries across all continents of the world. ‘It is our hope that city leaders find this ranking to be a valuable tool in helping them to think of water as an opportunity and as a resource for economic development’



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