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Can Digital Transformation Accelerate ‘Going Green’?

August 23, 2021

    There is an increasing expectation and ever more urgent push for a greener society. The 2030 and 2050 carbon targets are looming large and approaching fast. More efficient services, energy systems, buildings and office spaces are needed. We are seeing heightened pressure across industries and sectors to reduce waste and consider carbon footprint. […]

Are sustainable buildings hitting the mark?

July 30, 2021

  With an increasing focus on sustainable buildings, there is a growing need for building managers to demonstrate that their building’s performance meets the correct UK standards and accreditations. Yet with a proliferation of standards, certifications and ratings in the marketplace, and with research indicating there are over 600 green product certifications in the world, […]

The Consultation on MEES: Has the Government inadvertently created a vacuum?

July 12, 2021

Last month we published a post on the Government’s consultation regarding MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards). The consultation closed on 9th June, at which time it was our intention to write an update post, to bring closure to the matter. But the Government has not published the results of the consultation. Instead of clarity, we […]

Are sick buildings harming our health?

June 28, 2021

  With the continued drive to increase the sustainability and energy efficiency of our buildings, and the explosion of the Covid-19 pandemic, are our buildings designed to help or hamper human health? Simon Green, Managing Director of Green Building Design Consultants, discusses how we can ensure our buildings not only protect the environment but our […]

Improving Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – opportunity or overload?

June 1, 2021

    MEES for non-domestic privately rented buildings in England and Wales will be tightened to require an EPC rating of B by 2030 where ‘cost-effective’. The Government is currently consulting how this will be implemented and enforced, with a decision expected on 9th June. So does MEES prove an opportunity to help combat climate […]

Green Building Design Consultants brings Energy Efficiency to Spencer House, the Ancestral Home of Lady Diana’s Family

April 8, 2021

    Working closely with Spencer House as part of their major restoration project, Green Building Design Consultants were commissioned to advise on energy efficiency. Originally built between 1756-1766 for John, first Earl Spencer and ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, it is London’s finest surviving eighteenth-century town house.     Spencer House underwent a […]

EARN WHILE YOU LEARN AS AN ENVIRONMENT ENGINEER

March 23, 2021

Help to build a better and greener world by joining the team at Green Building Design, and we will help you by paying for your education fees in full. JOB DESCRIPTION Your role as an environment engineer will be to design, install and maintain the services that allow a building to do what it’s designed […]

Pledge to Net Zero joins the UN’s Race to Zero Campaign

March 1, 2021

In June 2019, the UK Government committed to bring all greenhouse gas emission to Net Zero by 2050 to tackle the climate and environmental emergency we are all facing. Pledge to Net Zero, is an initiative that was established in late 2019 to commit organisations from the UK environmental sector to take a leadership role […]

Complex Thermal Modelling is the key to energy reduction

February 9, 2021

  With an increasing focus on the climate crisis, ambitious global carbon reduction targets, and the latest MEES regulations stipulating that buildings must have an EPC rating of A to E, it is more important than ever to ensure all buildings are energy efficient and sustainable. Thankfully advances in technology, such as Complex Thermal Modelling, […]

Planning reform and its impact on design

December 23, 2020

In August this year, the Government produced a white paper, outlining reform of the planning system in the UK. The planning system is pivotal to the country’s most important challenges, including providing quality homes and workplaces, fighting climate change, improving biodiversity and promoting sustainable growth. This reform comes after the Prime Minister’s declaration that: “Thanks […]