As part of his announcement on Planning update on 25th March Eric Pickles confirmed that the Code for Sustainable Homes has been withdrawn.

The Government has announced an extra £3m funding for low carbon heat networks will be awarded to 55 councils across England and Wales. Heat networks are designed to provide heat to clusters of buildings through a system of insulated pipes that carry hot water. Around 15 per cent of UK heat could be met through heat networks by 2030. A new interactive online map has shown the potential heat energy available in over 4,000 rivers, estuaries, canals, and coastal sites. According to the government at least one million homes and businesses across England could benefit from clean renewable heat via waterways. Phillip Gullett, chief operating officer at Battersea Power Station is considering using a water source heat pump.

BRE’s Centre for Resilience is calling for a new approach to dealing with the risks of flooding along with investment and the development of innovative technologies to improve flood resilience.

“UK-consumed construction materials are responsible for 10% of elemental resource depletion.” Jane Anderson, Principal Consultant at thinkstep (formerly PE International) in an article for NBS provides an overview of The embodied impact of construction materials, referencing research completed by thinkstep.

A storify of  the Green BIM event held on the 1st April in Leeds can be viewed. Popular were the YouTube videos from Climate Reality on Cost of carbon and The Price of Carbon.

Colin Pearson, Head of Condition Monitoring at BSRIA details the benefits of smart meters to customers and energy providers.

Toshiba provide a youTube video on Building a smart community with sustainable solutions that look at wind power, solar energy, and electric transportation. A 57 storey Chinese building is in the news for being constructed in 19 days, as well as speed of construction they are claiming environmental advantages. They report the tight construction techniques provide 99.9% pure air inside the structure and the energy efficient blocks are estimated to save 12,000 tons of CO2 emission compared to a similar building.

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