Barriers to Low and Zero carbon homes

The following section highlights some of the key barriers to the diffusion of LZC new build and retrofit in the UK. Although many of the issues are fairly consistent between both new build and retrofit, where  innovation and adoption faces similar barriers, there are a number of areas where the challenges diverge. These barriers are associated with concerns over the[…]

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Barriers to Low and Zero carbon homes

The following section highlights some of the key barriers to the diffusion of LZC new build and retrofit in the UK. Although many of the issues are fairly consistent between both new build and retrofit, where  innovation and adoption faces similar barriers, there are a number of areas where the challenges diverge. These barriers are associated with concerns over the[…]

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Key Organisations and Actor networks in the UK Green Building sector / Private sector

Clearly there are too many private sector actors involved to summarise here, therefore the following table provides an indication of the key types of organisation and the roles they play within the industry A list of these groups can be found in Table 1.   Table 1 Key private sector actors Organisation Sector/Structure Brief description Relevant roles/ activities Architects  […]

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Key Organisations and Actor networks in the UK Green Building sector / Academic

There are a number of academic organisations with a notable specialism in areas surrounding research in the sustainable and low carbon built environment. The following table does not provide an exhaustive list, but indicates some of the key players in the UK. A list of these groups can be found in Table 1.   Table 1 Major academic centres Organisation[…]

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Key Organisations and Actor networks in the UK Green Building sector / Major Regional Knowledge centres and charities

An important number of regional centres of excellence and training now exist, to promote sustainability, energy and climate change issues, with a specific focus on the built environment. Many offer vocational training for a range of professional disciplines, alongside higher and postgraduate qualifications, in issues surrounding sustainability and the low carbon transition; such as the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).[…]

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Trade bodies and Professional organisations

The UK has a large number of trade bodies, representing all areas of the low carbon construction industry. Many lobby government and have charitable status, but are distinct from the previously mentioned NGOs in that they act specifically on behalf of certain industry sectors. Many larger organisations such as the RIBA have commercial operations and significant revenue, others such as[…]

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Barriers to Low and Zero carbon homes

The following section highlights some of the key barriers to the diffusion of LZC new build and retrofit in the UK. Although many of the issues are fairly consistent between both new build and retrofit, where  innovation and adoption faces simmilar barriers, there are a number of areas where the challenges diverge. These barrieres are associated with concerns over the[…]

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Retrofit Case Studies

Retrofit for the future Nelson Street, Oxford                 Figure 1 Retrofit for the future Nelson Street, Oxford (OCC, 2010). The objective of the works at Nelson Street, along with the other agreed 85 houses that formed the Retrofit for the Future Programme, was to collect data from all around the UK to help[…]

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Key Organisations and Actor networks in the UK Green Building sector / Third Sector/not for profit

Sectoral non-governmental organisations (NGOs) represent an amorphous collection of charities, pressure groups and direct action bodies. In the context of this report, they are considered to be those organisations that have at least part of their activity involved in the promotion and advocacy of reducing the environmental impact of the built environment. However it should be noted that some NGOs[…]

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Part public funded & quasi non-governmental organisations (QUANGO)

A number of quasi non-governmental organisations (QUANGOs) have a significant role in facilitating the low carbon energy transition, with many having a particular focus on buildings (Table 1). However the 2010 coalition government’s Comprehensive Spending Review for the UK saw significant curtailment of state funding for these groups (Treasury, 2010), in what was termed by many the ‘bonfire of the[…]

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