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GBmag Autumn 2010
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Biomass, a fuel for the 21st Century: Not withstanding that reducing energy consumption is the most pressing requirement for us all, the take-up of biomass heating in the UK and the wider world is, and will continue to be, an essential part of the ‘move’ towards a more sustainable  and safe world. Biomass is a natural, easy to grow and harvest fuel that need not be at the ‘expense’ of other uses for wood. Keith Hall introduces this feaure ... There are some very important factors that make biomass a sustainable choice for heating (where heating is required) and hopefully this feature will highlight some of those facts. Putting aside the discussion regarding whether or not we should still be erecting new buildings that require heating at all, it is clear that we still need heat in some form and will continue to do so for some time, in most new, and certainly almost all, existing building stock. ...

The New Wine Society Warehouse: - Winner of two awards, and recently short-listed for the national RICS Sustainability Award, The Wine Society Warehouse, Stevenage, is a fine example of a simple green industrial building. It uses a combination of insulating external envelope and interior thermal mass – the wine – to achieve an impressively low energy consumption, avoiding all forms of bolt-on bling. Olwyn Pritchard and Geoff Yeates report ...

Update on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI): - As announced on 20 October 2010, as part of the government spending review, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will go ahead in June 2011. The RHI scheme is reported to be the first of its kind in the world, and will therefore be a world-leading scheme to provide long-term support for renewable heat technologies. Jerry Clark reports on the scheme, and attempts to work out what it will mean for the average householder.

Self Sufficient for Heating: It has taken just about 14 years and quite a bit of trial and error to achieve, what I now believe to be an ultimate heating system for our circumstances. Bearing in mind that much of what we have done here has been experimental and that I have the mentality of an SAS operative (ensure that you have three ways home) - we now have (should the sun fail to shine) at least three ways to heat our home - all using renewable resources.

Interdisciplinary research: ‘Eco-build’, ‘green build’, ‘Passivhaus’, ‘low carbon home’ and ‘ecotowns’ are all terms which are starting to be applied to any number of house build schemes in the UK. It would appear to many that the UK has environmental builds popping up in a thousand guises all over the country. Who is mapping these new builds and eco-retrofits? Is there a central database from which knowledge can be drawn asks Jo Moulds?...

Passivhaus conference 2010: The Passivhaus Conference is now in its fourteenth year and its international appeal is growing year on year. Our little group of intrepid Passivhausers travelled from London to Dresden by train thanks to the careful planning of Carine Oberwise from Bere Architects! Mark Siddall reports....

Welsh Passivhaus social housing trials: In 2009 Bere Architects won a competition to design low cost houses for Wales which would showcase the Passivhaus concept and feature innovative measures for energy efficiency and eco excellence. The houses are now complete and open for visitors at Ebbw Vale (by appointment)..

Green building physics - Carbon content of heating fuels: In this and subsequent articles Gavin Harper will be looking at energy, carbon and domestic heating systems. This has been prompted by a number of threads on the Green Building Forum where some uncertainty as to the understanding of fuels is apparent - we’re going to do our best to clear up any confusion. In this, the first instalment, we are going to look at the chemical properties of fossil fuels.

The forum debate
Insiders - reports from around the industry

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