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Sector must roll out energy
Just the ticket for light
efficiency ‘to mass market’
A new ticket hall designed to
maximise the use of natural light
is now operational at King’s Cross n
Britain’s commercial and have remained static for the last the next 40 years, says the report.
industrial leaders have been 20 years. Central to the strategy is the roll-
St Pancras Underground Station. urged to adopt all cost-effective The Carbon Trust has called for a out of Display Energy Certificates
Multidisciplinary consultant Arup energy-efficiency measures in an strong lead from the government to and Energy Performance Certificates
designed the northern ticket hall attempt to meet national carbon tackle emissions. to all non-domestic buildings by
in collaboration with architects reduction obligations. If the right strategy is followed the 2015, to provide transparency of
Allies and Morrison. A profit of £4bn, a reduction of Carbon Trust believes the carbon energy performance across the
up to 80 per cent of the nation’s footprint of non-domestic buildings sector.
Retail is golden at BDP carbon footprint, and increasing can be reduced by 35 per cent by Stuart Farmer, head of buildings
Winners of this year’s BCSC energy efficiency for future 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050. strategy and lead author of
Supreme Gold Awards have been generations are the triple gains To achieve this target, lighting the report, said: ‘Government
announced, with architectural to be made with an accelerated and heating controls must be rolled needs to set a clear direction,
and engineering consultancy implementation of carbon-reducing out to all non-domestic buildings show leadership and provide the
BDP a joint recipient for its measures. in the next 10 years, and then necessary policy and regulatory
masterplan for Liverpool One, This was the message outlined measures such as triple-glazing support.
the new 42-acre retail district in a report by the Carbon Trust, and ground source heat pumps will ‘The building industry needs
in the heart of the city centre. Building the Future Today, which need to become standard in all new to respond by moving from niche
The other joint winner was says that, at present, the UK’s stock and existing buildings. exemplars of good practice to large-
Westfield London. The award of 1.8m non-domestic buildings In terms of energy ratings, this scale, mass-market implementation
rewards excellence in retail-led accounts for around 18 per cent means buildings must raise their as standard.’
developments. of the country’s emissions, which average rating from an E to an A in
Cash for renewable energy
The government has announced
Great British Refurb set for £4m trial
that 375 councils will get a share
of a £135m and expert advice The ‘Great British Refurb’ – which ground-source heat pumps. trial, which will provide evidence
for pioneering the planning and aims to make 22 million existing The PAYS pilots will give of how to foot the bill for the Great
building of new homes that use homes in the UK more energy households the opportunity to British Refurb.
renewable energy schemes, such efficient – is set to be trialled using invest in energy efficiency and Birmingham City Council,
as biomass and geothermal a new £4m Pay As You Save (PAYS) micro-generation technologies in Gentoo Sunderland, British Gas,
power. The funding comes scheme. their homes, with no upfront cost. B&Q UK and Stroud District
from the Housing and Planning Homeowners in Birmingham, Repayments will be spread over a Council have been chosen to deliver
Delivery Grant, and each council Sunderland, the London Borough long period to ensure they are lower individual projects.
will receive about £350,000. of Sutton, and Stroud will be testing than their predicted energy bill The announcement was made
new ways to finance whole-house savings. on the same day the Energy Bill
Leeds leads the way energy makeovers, using green A total of around 500 homes received its Second Reading in the
Leeds has been granted devolved technologies such as solar panels or across England will take part in the Commons.
powers by government to steer
its own way out of the recession –
including the authority to deliver
zero carbon communities and
Sector support for
to accelerate retrofits of existing C&BE diploma
homes. Leeds City Region is one Twenty-six professional bodies
of only two such pilots in the UK. working in construction and the
built environment have shown
More school refurbs overwhelming support for the
Twelve more projects across Diploma in Construction and
England have been given the the Built Environment (C&BE),
go-ahead to rebuild or refurbish including CIBSE, according
secondary schools in their area to a report commissioned by
as part of the Building Schools the Diploma Development
for the Future (BSF) programme. Partnership (DDP).
The move follows an
announcement by Partnerships
for Schools, the body that delivers
BSF, that a new procurement
Chinese growth drives Atkins recruitment
review will be conducted to
Construction has started on two projects in China that involved design
reduce both timescales and
work by engineering consultancy Atkins. The Sonjiang Hotel and Xi’an
costs. A previous review has
Airport are just two of a number of major projects that the consultancy is
already cut £250m across the
involved with. It has now begun a recruitment drive to add to its design
whole programme and sliced two
teams in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, where it already has more than
months off the process.
300 architecture, planning, and landscape professionals. (See page 70.)
8 CIBSE Journal January 2010
CIBSEjan10 pp08 news.indd 8 17/12/09 16:49:59
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