5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre

In 2013, Greg Barker, the then Minister State for Energy and Climate Change officially opened the BRE National Solar Centre, the UK solar industry was flourishing with approximately 8,800 new PV systems being installed every month adding over 1.1GW of capacity within the year. A lot has changed for solar over the last 5 years.  … Continue reading “5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre”

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 continues to drive energy performance improvements

Significant changes have been made to the way in which energy performance is assessed under the BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 scheme within Ene01 – Reduction of energy use and carbon emission. In order to address the energy performance gap, new criteria rewarding more detailed energy modelling, encompassing regulated and unregulated energy uses has been … Continue reading “BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 continues to drive energy performance improvements”

Say Hello to Norway Green Building Council!

Say Hello to the Norwegian Green Building Council (NGBC)! The first of our monthly featured National Scheme Operators (NSOs). NSOs operate adapted, country-specific BREEAM schemes under licence from BRE Global Ltd. These organisations are selected to provide local knowledge, market presence and local stakeholder engagement through their governance structures. Their schemes are adapted to local … Continue reading “Say Hello to Norway Green Building Council!”

Homebuyers have potential to borrow more with better forecasting of energy bills, new research shows

Leading experts in home energy and financial services analysed data for 40,000 properties Fuel efficiency and fuel bills link has generated new calculator for consumers More accurate energy expenditure estimates could vary maximum loans by up to £11,500 More accurate assessment of home energy bills by lenders could vary maximum mortgages by up to £11,500 … Continue reading “Homebuyers have potential to borrow more with better forecasting of energy bills, new research shows”

How “green” mortgages could drive energy efficiency in both new and existing homes

A better representation of home energy costs in our mortgage ‘affordability’ calculations looks like it might be closer to reality than ever before. This means the calculations undertaken to assess what borrowers can afford to repay each month, and therefore the total amount they can borrow, will have better estimations of their fuel costs considered. … Continue reading “How “green” mortgages could drive energy efficiency in both new and existing homes”

Heat metering

Heating accounts for nearly half of final energy consumption in the UK (48% in 2013) and 78% of non-transport energy use (DECC, 2013). Heat is a utility, like water, gas, and electricity.  Communal or district heating systems are becoming more common and these involve the centralised generation of heat and the distribution of this heat … Continue reading “Heat metering”