Heating costs make up the largest part of UK households energy usage. What technologies should housebuilders be incorporating and how would this impact homeowners as well as serious issues such as fuel poverty. The supply of homes has long been a contentious issue for UK buyers, as the struggle to get on the housing ladder becomes more troublesome. Whilst demand has been increasing at an exponential rate and until now housebuilders have been struggling to keep up. However, this imbalance could be about to change. According to recent research, the number of new homes being built in the UK is at a seven-year high. Construction on approximately 37,080 new homes occurred... Read More
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Across the UK, some of our oldest and most prestigious buildings lie on the campuses of our universities. Our rich heritage of university education dates back centuries and in many cases, the original buildings are still in use. Durham University, the University of Oxford, the University of Glasgow – all examples of existing universities that have buildings as old as the 19th century – or in some cases older – still being regularly used to teach the next generation of academics. Of course over the years, there have been many retrofitting projects undertaken to ensure that they are still safe for occupants and are suitable for students to either live... Read More
Jan Kriekels is the CEO and Owner of Jaga. It is Jan’s commitment to sustainability that drives Jaga’s entire philosophy. Here, Jan gives his take on the Paris Climate Summit COP21. Any time that a global consensus to drive sustainability happens is great. Events such as the Paris Climate Summit COP21 are undoubtedly key to reversing the energy-thirsty habits we have developed. But whilst the gesture is encouraging, unfortunately, the commitments that seem to result are only recommended – nothing agreed is obligatory. It is a start, but not enough. The goal is to limit further warming of our planet to well below 2°C, with 1.5°C being the target. Now, at... Read More
The United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Paris, France, from November 30th to December 11th, 2015. Here, governments from more than 190 nations will gather to discuss a possible new, legally binding agreement on climate change – and it is an event that everyone involved in the buildings services industry should be keeping a close eye on. The significance of this occasion should not be overlooked, and whatever the outcome, architects, contractors and all building services businesses must continue to promote energy conscious living on a grand scale: in how buildings generate and use energy, and what products they use to distribute it. It is encouraging to see... Read More