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Energy and Carbon Emissions

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This is a broad area of activity, coming under the overarching issue of climate change. The UK Government-commissioned Stern Review states that, 'The scientific evidence is now overwhelming: climate change presents very serious global risks, and it demands an urgent global response.'  The UK government has committed the UK to reduce carbon emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050 and many other countries are proceeding with national legislation on climate change. All building professionals have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions through the application of good practice which includes: 

  • Reducing energy demand
  • Meeting end use energy demand efficiently
  • Supplying from renewable and low carbon sources
  • Enabling energy management 

An energy efficient building provides the required internal environment and services with minimum energy use is a cost effective and environmentally sensitive manner. 

Further guidance on energy efficiency includes:

Further guidance on renewable and low carbon energy includes: