We have been mentioned again in two articles about the future of the energy industry. It becomes more apparent that it's no good just to be be finding more sustainable energy sources but to make sure that the buildings the energy sources supply are able to use the energy effectively and that the leaders of the future know about it.
Quoting for the IOM3 article "According to Innovate UK, 27% of UK carbon emissions come from domestic buildings (18% non-domestic), and 73% of these built environment emissions come from heating and the provision of hot water. "
"To achieve an 80% carbon reduction from a domestic home costs about £70,000, while an investment of about £10,000 will result in a 20–30% saving. This is an issue that Jones is investigating. ‘We have a project where we are retrofitting five houses in Wales and the main aim is to adopt a system approach, rather than an elemental approach, trying to combine the set of measures, which will give us some more cost effective approaches so we get 60%–70% savings in CO2 for about £25,000.’ "
Quoting from Edie "From teaching future engineers about renewable energy to finding innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions, universities can clearly play a huge part in the development of strategies for tackling global warming."
"Universities often collaborate with external organisations and are ideal 'research and development hubs' from which projects can be tested and improved. "
"University of Bath: HIVE building
In September a new £1m HIVE building was opened in the University of Bath's Building Research Park to test low-carbon sustainable building materials in realistic open-air conditions before being incorporated into buildings.
The building aims to tackle the fact that 50% of all UK emissions come from the construction industry, by offering a 'plug and play' facility to test and evaluate facades, walls and panels on their energy efficiency, flood resilience and structural capability."