Tag Archive for 'energy efficiency'

FIT4Green plug-in reduces data centre energy use over 20 percent

September 21st, 2012 by Technical Research Centre of Finland

The FIT4Green project has produced an energy-aware plug-in that reduces data centre energy consumption by more than 20%. ICT as a whole is responsible for about 2% of global CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to the global CO2 emissions of aviation. Data centres are a significant part of ICT. The energy related costs total over […]

Zero net energy residential home unveiled as test laboratory

September 18th, 2012 by US National Institute of Standards and Technology

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled a laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking US suburban home for a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. Following an initial year-long experiment, the facility will be used to improve test methods for […]

European Commission publishes European shale gas studies

September 10th, 2012 by European Commission

The European Commission has published three studies on shale gas. Potential shale gas extraction has become a topical issue in Europe, attracting the interest of several market players and giving rise to a number of public concerns. The studies look at the potential effects of these fuels on energy markets, the potential climate impact of […]

Window modules to upgrade energy efficiency of residential buildings with minimal disruption

August 20th, 2012 by Fraunhofer Institute for Building IBP

Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics researchers have developed prefabricated multifunctional window modules to improve the energy performance of residential buildings that offer a more convenient alternative to the usual renovation methods, which can involve messy construction work. “A form of minimally invasive intervention can be adopted by architects and builders for buildings in need of […]

Retrofitting domestic properties for improved energy efficiency

March 13th, 2012 by Catalyst Housing

According to the Carbon Trust, buildings account for approximately 40% of the carbon emissions in the UK, around half of this coming from domestic buildings. To find solutions to reduce carbon emissions from the domestic housing stock, Catalyst Housing undertook a ground breaking eco-refurbishment of two Victorian, ‘hard-to-treat’ homes in Reading, UK. The project, endorsed […]

Guernsey’s Energy Policy Advisor speaks with Sustainable Guernsey

March 7th, 2012 by Richard Lord

Steve Morris, former Engineering Director at Guernsey Electricity Ltd., begins his role as States of Guernsey Energy Policy Advisor on 26 March 2012. Steve Morris discusses below some of the energy issues facing the island during an informal conversation on 5 March. —- “One of the things that needs to be done is to start […]

States of Guernsey appoints former Guernsey Electricity Engineering Director as Energy Policy Advisor

March 2nd, 2012 by States of Guernsey Commerce and Employment Department

The States of Guernsey has appointed former Guernsey Electricity Engineering Director Steve Morris as its Energy Policy Advisor. Mr Morris, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, now has the task of developing a range of initiatives that help meet the strategic requirements of the States’ Energy Resource Plan, which is […]

Refurbishing buildings for energy efficiency benefits the economy while reducing energy demand

February 27th, 2012 by University of East Anglia

Energy efficiency experts at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are calling for ambitious new targets to reduce energy demand across the European Union. In a report, ‘Refurbishing Europe: An EU strategy for energy efficiency and climate action led by building refurbishment’ published on 27 February 2012, by the Build with CaRe consortium, the researchers propose […]

Ecobuild exhibition and seminars at ExCeL London- 20 to 22 March 2012

February 4th, 2012 by Events

Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, takes place at London’s ExCeL from Tuesday 20 March to Thursday 22 March 2012. Over 1,500 suppliers will be exhibiting, from companies such as Saint-Gobain, BASF Construction Chemicals, Kingspan, Vaillant, and Worcester Bosch, to up and comers in Ecobuild’s Green shoots entrepreneurs’ […]

Sensible and practical actions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions says Nobel Laureate

January 10th, 2012 by Mark Golden

In December 2011, Stanford Nobel laureate Burton Richter received the 2011 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in Science for ‘Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century‘ (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Richter, who was in his mid-70s when he began work on the book, remains active, diving into energy and environmental […]