Reports & Publications


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MBEKTN Briefing - Improving Energy Efficiency in the Construction Industry, March 2009

Review of FRP Composites for Housing Market, December 2008

Smart Home Systems & the Code for Sustainable Homes, by Alison Nicholl & Mike Perry, November 2008

Smart Surfaces and Functional Coatings in the Modern Built Environment, May 2008

Knowledge Summary: Low & Zero Carbon Technologies, MBE KTN, February 2009

Knowledge Summary: Charrettes: Collaborative Planning in Practice, by Andrew Waddelove & Lynne Ceeney, BRE, January 2009

Knowledge Summary: Energy management in Buildings, by Catherine Haynes, CIRIA, December 2008

Knowledge Summary - Temperature Fluctuations and Solar Gain in Buildings, by Gemma Samlal, CIRIA, December 2008

Effective Energy & Resource Use in UK Housing, by Mike Perry, BRE, September 2008

Powering Our Lives: Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment, November 2008: with 50% of emissions coming from the built environment, SEMBE is the first comprehensive, futures examination of energy systems in the built environment and is based on a significant scientific evidence base (200 experts and around 60, peer-reviewed State of Science papers). It was written by an academic panel of eight scientific experts. The Project seeks to understand how the development of UK society over the next 50 years may guide the built environment towards lower carbon energy systems.

SMART 2020: Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age: this report by the Global Climate Change Group identifies the key role that ICT systems play in delivering a low carbon economy. Smart buildings are identified as a key area where ICT can provide $340.8 billion of energy savings globally.

NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England: the NHS Sustainable Development Unit has launched its NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England "Saving Carbon, Improving Health". This report, which was produced with strategic input from the MBE KTN, sets out the key areas for action to deliver a low carbon and sustainable NHS. The built environment which contributes 22% of the NHS carbon footprint is identified as a key target towards the delivery of a low carbon NHS. The document proposes launching a taskforce to develop a blueprint for optimum low caron healthcare buildings. The MBE KTN will continue to work closely with the NHS Sustainable Development Unit to help deliver on this strategy.

Carbon Reductions in Non-Domestic Buildings: UK Green Buildings Council's report investigates the opportunities for achieving zero carbon in new non domestic buildings. Following on from the targets set out in the Code for Sustainable Homes to achieve radical emissions reductions in new homes; this report aims to add to the understanding of whether similar targets in the commercial sector can be set and achieved and in what timescale.

Greening UK Cities - Improving the energy efficiency of our offices, shops and factories: this report, by the All Party Parliamentary Urban Development Group, looks at what needs to be done by both the public and private sectors to reduce the energy use of cities' existing non-domestic buildings. It focuses on three key barriers: the availability of information; the economics of retrofitting (including the owner/occupier responsibility dilemma); and physical barriers such as the age and location of buildings.

Energy: A briefing paper on the current state of the UK energy sector - ICE, November 2008: ICE issued a series of detailed energy briefings throughout 2009 aimed at government and the energy industry. These briefings offer ICE's suggestions for changes in key areas of the energy sector. This first paper provides background on the UK's recent energy history and current situation and outlines ICE's strategic level priorities for action.

Illustrated Guide Renewable Technologies, BSRIA 2008: this publication is the ideal primer for understanding the wide variety of innovative systems that provide cleaner and less environmentally damaging ways of heating, cooling and powering buildings. It describes major technologies that can be incorporated into new and existing buildings, along with their operational characteristics, maintenance requirements, and an idea of the possible savings in carbon dioxide emissions.

Small Scale Wind Energy, Policy Insights and Practical Guidance, the Carbon Trust, August 2008: this study is the culmination of 18 months research by the Met Office and Entec regarding the potentail of small-scale wind energy in the UK. It has found that the majority of carbon savings are available from small turbines in rural areas. In addition a technical supplement has been published, which provides a review of existing scientific literature and engineering methods for calculating energy yields.

Energy Consumption in the United Kingdom: this report shows statistics to produce a comprehensive review of energy consumption in the UK since the 1970s. It describes the key trends in energy consumption with focus on trends since 1990. It includes an analysis of factors driving the changes in energy consumption, the impact of increasing activity, increased efficiency, and structural change in the economy, detailed tables are available in Energy Consumption tables.

Teaching Homes to be Green , Green Alliance: this report steps back from futuristic visions of smart homes to look at what technology can offer us in the homes that we live in today. The domestic sector is responsible for twenty seven per cent of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions and smart features can help to address this challenge and to teach homes to be green.

Code for Sustainable Homes - Setting the standard in sustainability for new homes: the Code sets a single national standard within which the home building industry can design and construct homes to higher environmental standards. The Code is a tool for developers and gives new homebuyers information about environmental impacts, potential running costs and an assessment process Transfer Network in co-operation with BRE.