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Benchmarks ‘in good health’
News in Brief
Energy experts in the building have had the necessary metering Correction: F-gas
services industry have with authenticated records at the We would like to point
judged that the benchmarks for time of the first DECs. Although out that the use of HFCs
display energy certificates (DECs) he believes some should come (hydrofluorocarbons) is not
are fairly robust, after results for through this year. being banned in the UK in 2011,
nearly 30,000 public buildings were He added: ‘The TM46 contrary to our news report on
revealed to the Journal. benchmarking system was page 10 in the December Journal.
A Freedom of Information deliberately relatively simple and We apologise for the error and
request by the Journal to the brutal, and was not able to take any confusion caused.
Department for Communities account of factors like occupation
and Local Government revealed density because it could not be AECB offers Passivhaus
that just over half of all ratings robustly measured. CIBSE has AECB, the sustainable building
accounted for were Ds and Es – in this is not surprising.’ According recently set up a broadly-based association, is offering a
line with industry norms. to Bordass, this is because G benchmarking group to see if any Passivhaus Certification service,
Bill Bordass, research and policy is a broader grade than all the of these issues can be addressed accredited by the Passivhaus
adviser at the Usable Buildings others, catching all buildings rigorously and systematically.’ Institut in Darmstadt, Germany.
Trust, said: ‘The benchmark values emitting more than 150 per cent Currently, DECs are only Passivhaus, the leading European
were set so that median – 50th of the typical (median) value. required in large public buildings, low-energy standard for building
percentile – performance of Plus, buildings which do not have but in a speech to the UK Green construction, is being pushed
the stock would be at the D to sufficient energy data to be graded, Building Council, Housing by the European Parliament as a
E boundary. Astoundingly, it is receive a G grade automatically. Minister John Healey said the requirement for new buildings by
almost precisely there: A+B+C+D Also, some G-rated buildings will government was taking seriously 2011.
equals 50.2 per cent. include ‘specials’ – for example, calls from industry to apply them
‘The only real anomaly is the regional server rooms in offices, to commercial buildings too. He F+P design for Mexico City
large representation – 18 per which can be separated out if added that more details would be Foster + Partners has been
cent – at G-grade. However, even separately metered. Many will not announced in the new year. appointed to design the
71-hectare Campus Biometropolis
New report seeks stricter EPCs
masterplan in the south of
Mexico City. Central to the low-
carbon, mixed-use development
Mandatory emissions standards suggestion to introduce a heating ‘The overall figures present a will be the creation of a new
need to be introduced for homes scrappage scheme to encourage promising outlook for homes EPCs. nature reserve. The site will be
being sold, and a boiler scrappage householders to replace an old Non-domestic buildings would a centre of medical excellence,
scheme should be established inefficient boiler with a new A-rated add a further saving of 10 per cent integrating care facilities
in order for energy performance one mirrors an announcement of national emissions if their EPCs alongside state-of-the-art teaching
certificates (EPCs) to have an impact in Labour’s Pre-Budget Report achieve the same effect as for spaces, research institutions and
on reducing carbon emissions in the in November to roll out such a housing.’ laboratories.
domestic sector. scheme. He added that it would be
The recommendations have been John Field, director of energy extremely valuable to have Lighting the way at V&A
made in a new report by research management consultancy Power equivalent research for non- The newly opened Victoria and
body National Energy Services and Efficiency, said the report could domestic EPCs, as well as Albert Museum’s £30m Medieval
the National Energy Foundation, potentially have a number of having higher targets adopted by and Renaissance galleries have
an educational charity. The report’s benefits for the commercial sector: government. opened, with lighting designed
by multidisciplinary consultants
Arup in collaboration with DHA
Design Services Ltd. Arup’s brief
was to develop a strategy for
daylighting with quite distinctive
characters and intensities of light
in the listed building.
£4m for green projects
A £4m funding pot to help
schools, businesses and
hospitals in England install
biomass-fuelled heating and
combined heat and power
projects has been made available
Fit-out of college campus to get NG Bailey treatment
by the Department of Energy
The mechanical and electrical fit-out of the multi-million pound redevelopment of West Kent College’s Campus 21
and Climate Change. The money
has been awarded to building services provider NG Bailey. NG will work with consultant DSSR, architect Dyer and
falls under Round Six of the Bio-
main contractor Galliford Try, to design, install and commission all mechanical and electrical services, with its ICT
energy Capital Grants scheme,
arm delivering the structured cabling. The project is worth £10m to NG. Once completed, it will provide students
with grants up to £500,000 on
with a new training restaurant and food halls, as well as performing arts and art and design facilities.
offer to individual projects. January 2010 CIBSE Journal 7
CIBSEjan10 pp06-07 news.indd 7 18/12/09 12:36:28
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