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In the red corner, representing the US, we have LEED, while in the blue corner we have Britain’s finest, BREEAM. The two tools for measuring the sustainability of buildings are locked in a battle for global dominance.
Ignoring embodied carbon when measuring the carbon generated by buildings distorts how the impact of technology such as heating and AC systems is measured, according to a leading architect.
The number and value of projects put on hold has fallen to its lowest level in almost two years, according to new figures.
Housing minister Grant Shapps is meeting with Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne this week to hammer out a definition of zero-carbon for new build homes.
An in-depth report into domestic refurbishment has suggested insulation measures are more cost-effective than low-carbon heating technologies.
Local authorities have underestimated the challenge of mandatory air conditioning inspections, according to industry campaigners.
The UK is lagging behind India and China when it comes to retrofitting commercial buildings with energy efficiency measures, according to a report.
The new Government’s commitment to reduce its own carbon footprint by 10 per cent could lead to an overhaul of air conditioning and heating systems across departments.
Industry experts say they are still waiting for crucial information on implementing the Government’s moves to tighten building regulations.
Subcontractors have rep orted an increase in enquiries, orders and anticipated workloads according to the latest NSCC state of trade survey, suggesting the specialist sector maybe stabilising.