Ministers from 7 Member States write a letter to the European Commission urging the proposal of a binding 2030 target for energy efficiency. The ministers ask the Commission to propose a binding target in July 2014 so it can be considered by the European Council in October this year. They argue a separate efficiency target is needed to save energy in sectors such as transport, buildings and private households.

A recent video by Infrastructure Intelligence argues that the economic upturn must refocus the industry back on carbon reduction targets.

£2.61 million was issued to households through the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund during the scheme’s first week, according to industry estimates. A new report by the UKGBC outlines the economic benefits of home retrofit. It calls for home energy efficiency to be made a national infrastructure priority and for all political parties to commit to a target of 1 million deep retrofits a year by 2020. And a new energy efficiency cooperative which links property owners and community groups with local retrofit professionals and tradesmen has been launched by UK-GBC member Parity Projects. Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury said he is ‘extremely attracted’ to the idea of reframing home energy efficiency, as one of the UK’s top 40 infrastructure priorities.

Closing the Gap, Design & As Built Performance has just been published by the Zero Carbon Hub.  The report provides a clear set of recommendations for both government and industry to address.

The European Commission has adopted new proposals to raise the sustainability of new and renovated buildings by increasing resource efficiency and improving information on the environmental performance of buildings.

BRE are consulting on a new residential version of BREEAM following the government’s decision to drop the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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