Tag Archive for 'insulation'

Replacing insulating petrochemical spray foams with wood foams

March 14th, 2014 by Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research

Fraunhofer scientists are developing environmentally benign insulation foam made from sustainably sourced wood that could replace insulation foam made from petrochemical plastics. Climate protection is now a mandatory consideration for building contractors in Germany. In October 2013 the German federal government tightened up its Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV) by decreeing that in future properties will […]

European Commission promotes efficient living to improve welfare

October 9th, 2012 by European Commission

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, launched on 8 October 2012 a pan-European communication campaign in collaboration with more than 70 organisations from across Europe. Under the slogan “A world you like. With a climate you like” the campaign seeks to put practical solutions at the centre of the climate change debate and demonstrate […]

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 […]

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 […]

The UKs Committee on Climate Change’s report to Parliament highlights lack of progress made in reducing emissions

July 7th, 2011 by Committee on Climate Change

The UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) third progress report to Parliament finds that emissions increased by 3% in 2010, mainly as a result of the colder winter months. After adjusting for weather impacts, emissions were broadly flat. This is incompatible with the 3% annual average emissions reduction required to meet the first four carbon […]

Guernsey’s rising tide of renewable energy

February 18th, 2011 by Richard Lord

The States of Guernsey is working on various energy saving and renewable energy initiatives. The Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission is laying the foundation for the development of a macro-renewable energy industry in local marine waters. The States of Guernsey Treasury and Resources Department has hired a highly qualified Energy Conservation Officer to try and reduce […]

Friends of the Earth warm homes campaign

November 17th, 2010 by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth state on their website that making our homes more energy efficient is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to slash carbon dioxide emissions and help reduce the likelihood of climate change. Our homes leak energy.  Some Guernsey people struggle to heat their homes adequately in the winter months because of […]

Architect Bill Dunster speaks about beautiful energy efficient buildings that provide a good quality of life

September 15th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Bill Dunster OBE spoke to to Kay Langlois on BBC radio Guernsey about Beautiful buildings that are eco-friendly and give us a good quality of life.   Is that a pipe dream or could that happen in Guernsey?  (the full audio recording does not work with all browsers) The thoughtful and detailed “The ZEDbook” is […]

Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute discusses energy building efficiency at a Stanford University seminar

June 1st, 2010 by Richard Lord

During his seminar Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute says “Let’s start with my own house which is 2200 metres up in the Rocky Mountains where the lowest temperatures I have observed are -44 °C (-47 °F).  You can get frost any day of the year.  We have had it on the 4 July.  […]