Europe

Why energy efficient buildings should be a top climate policy priority

The UK needs a rating scheme like NABERS to bring down building energy use, writes Dr Peter Mallaburn, who was in Sydney last year to conduct a peer reviewed study of this rating tool. In a meeting with The Fifth Estate at the time he said some people believe Australia is 15 years ahead of the UK in energy efficiency.

Futurebuild showcases the technology; we just need the will and the finance

This year’s Futurebuild expo at the ExCel Centre in London was packed with over 450 exhibitors and thousands of visitors coming together under the slogan “Responding to the emergency”. There’s no longer any doubt about the need to go net zero; the effort centres on how to get there.

coal plant

Eastern Europe shows how to convert coal to solar

The Western Balkan states contain seven of the 10 most polluting coal-fired power plants in Europe. Several are being converted to solar power and the rest are likely to be gone in a few years, in a smooth transition that’s been hailed by European leaders as a model for others to follow.

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Great green building intent – pity about the execution

HOLIDAY RENTAL REVIEW: A key part of sustainability is good, useable design and specification so the buildings we create
serve us well from the outset and don’t present us with reasons to want to change them – because changes cost resources and resources cost the earth.

Five ways to finance energy efficiency building upgrades

EUROPE: Financing building upgrades to make them more energy efficient is the subject of much research. It’s estimated it would need around EUR 100 billion (AU$163 billion) a year to meet the European target to tackle climate change.