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CIBSE casts doubt over
News in brief
plan for new metric
Carbon capture pledge
The UK government announced
a new Energy Bill in the Queen’s
More needs to be revealed Hywel Davies questioned how this consensus, which Davies argued Speech. Under the plans, a
about a new ‘common framework had been achieved. has not yet happened. Labour government would back
carbon language’ before industry He said: ‘It is an interesting But Tony Arnel, chairman of the construction of four carbon-
can assess its significance in development, but the devil’s in the the WGBC, said: ‘The significance capture and storage schemes.
comparing emissions from detail.’ of this agreement should not be Energy companies would also
buildings worldwide, according to He added that different carbon underestimated. The coming have to give rebates on charges
CIBSE. measurement systems have been together of so many leading for poorer customers.
The ‘common carbon metric’ has devised worldwide for good reason, green building organisations is See ‘New energy policy’, page 9
been agreed by an alliance of green including to take account of climate, unprecedented.’
building councils and the BRE Trust and the types of construction The new metric will be piloted Davis Langdon cuts jobs
to measure the carbon footprint of materials used. by the green building rating Sixty-four jobs, including
buildings internationally. He also questioned how the tools, and is recognised by the partners, are to go in the UK at
The World Green Building agreement related to International UN Environment Programme Davis Langdon. The consultancy
Council (WGBC) described it as a Standards: ‘The real crunch will be Sustainable Building and Climate said that some of the cuts would
complex framework that has huge when it’s done in ISO Technical Initiative. come from natural wastage and
significance for companies with Committee 59, Sub-Committee 17, Meanwhile, the UKGBC has redeployment overseas. Staff are
international property portfolios. which is responsible for standards published research showing that a currently going through a 30-day
It should enable companies to for sustainable building. high level of public support exists consultation period.
compare the emissions of cross- ‘If they were to come up with for green utilities, such as district
border buildings despite different something, then that would be an heating and water harvesting, with New rating for office fit-outs
tools, such as LEED, BREEAM and international standard.’ more than 70 per cent of people A new system to rate the
Green Star, being used to rate them. Any international standard set by supportive of a district heating environmental impact of the
But CIBSE’s technical director the ISO has to achieve a thorough system. multi-million pound office fit-outs
industry has been launched
NG Bailey chief
by the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
steps down
The Ska Rating comprises 99
good practice measures across
NG Bailey has announced that its energy and CO2, waste, water,
chief executive of nearly six years, pollution, transport, materials
Mark Andrews, is leaving the and wellbeing. A fit-out can be
consultancy. awarded either a Gold, Silver
According to statements, or Bronze.
the exit was ‘mutually agreed’
between Andrews and the family- London aims to slash energy
owned company, with NG Bailey Up to 10,000 London homes
acknowledging Andrews’s ‘major will have their energy bills cut
contribution’. by installing loft and cavity wall
Andrews said: ‘Following the insulation, switching to low
implementation of a right-sizing
Plan for ‘carbon-negative’ community
energy light bulbs and fitting
programme, to bring the business
Planning permission has been granted to create an ‘exemplar’ £14m
stand-by switches. The Mayor
in line with what the market is
carbon-negative development in North London. Crouch Hill
and the London Development
demanding, the decision to hand
Community Park will use on-site renewables and a gas-fired CHP plant
Agency have committed £9.5m
over the reins at this juncture was
to provide heat and power to the buildings on site and to neighbouring,
to kick-start the new programme,
mutually agreed.’
existing housing blocks.
which eventually aims to reach at
Andrews left at the end of least 200,000 homes in all areas
November. NG Bailey’s Chris of London by 2012.
Newton will now step up as acting
chief executive, from his position as
Cash boost for affordable homes
‘Carbon-fairness’ forum
chief financial officer. More than 90 housing schemes that As a result, £207m will now be A new forum to provide expert
fell foul of the recession will receive allocated to directly fund 6,618 new advice to ministers has been
funding under the government’s and affordable homes. A further created by UK government to
Kickstart programme, with a further £241m could be allocated for the ensure that the opportunities
63 projects in the pipeline. 5,144 homes in those schemes presented in transforming Britain
The government’s Homes that have been approved subject to to a low-carbon economy are
and Communities Agency conditions. distributed fairly around the
(HCA) announced the figures A second round of funding is UK. Representatives from trade
after assessing 270 housing available, for which the HCA has unions, education and skills
developments that stalled during now received more than 660 bids. groups and industry will sit on
the recession. The additional 63 These schemes, which could unlock the forum, which meets for the
projects have been approved, up to 55,000 homes, are now being first time on December 10.
Andrews... leaving ‘by mutual consent’ subject to conditions. scrutinised by the HCA. December 2009 CIBSE Journal 7
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