public buildings

Premier League agrees sustainability commitment

Football clubs have agreed to a Premier League Environmental Sustainability Commitment, which introduces a minimum standard of action on environmental issues.

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Sport Wales awards funding for energy-efficient community facilities

Sport Wales has awarded £1m to help community sports clubs’ facilities become more energy efficient.

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Net zero centre for Natural History Museum planned

The Natural History Museum (NHM) has appointed Mace as its preferred main contractor to build a new sustainable centre in Reading.

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Need for better buildings outweighs government inaction, says BESA President

Speakers at the BESA Conference have urged the building services industry to pursue better buildings in the face of government row-backs, not only to reduce carbon but to improve occupants’ wellbeing BESA president Claire Curran opened the conference with a call to improve buildings for social reasons as much as environmental ones. She said: “It […]

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E.ON installing solar array at Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo’s solar meadow will feature more than 1,500 bifacial solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which can potentially generate up to 880,000 kWh of power a year.

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London’s HS2 station recognised as ‘outstanding’ for environmental designs

HS2’s new ‘super-hub’ station in West London is currently under construction and has been awarded an Outstanding rated score under the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) assessment. Old Oak Common joins HS2’s Birmingham Interchange Station in achieving the Outstanding rating; a level of performance met by only 1% of new build assets globally. […]

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Energy-saving improvements made by Epping Forest leisure centres

Loughton Leisure Centre, Ongar Leisure Centre and Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre have cut energy use by investing in various efficiency measures. Together with Epping Forest District Council, Places Leisure identified ways to reduce energy consumption at the leisure facilities and invested in the following improvements: Pool covers at Ongar Leisure Centre and Waltham Abbey Leisure […]

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Find out how to decarbonise public sector buildings at InstallerSHOW

We’re back at the NEC this month for InstallerSHOW, with a programme of free content to support those working on decarbonising public sector buildings. For social housing professionals, we will have the Housing Hub – featuring the NHIC Home Upgrades conference – with hundreds of expert speakers talking about housing retrofit and zero-carbon newbuild. We’ll […]

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Energy-efficiency funding from Sport Wales

Sports clubs in Wales can apply for funding to help them become more energy efficient. The Energy Saving Grant from Sport Wales – of up to £25,000– can be used towards the cost of measures such as the installation of solar panels or better insulation. Brian Davies, CEO of Sport Wales, said: We want to […]

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Net zero schools for Wales

Three net zero carbon schools will be built in Wales. The Sustainable Schools Challenge invited bids for innovative projects that demonstrated collaboration with local communities, including school pupils, in the design, delivery and management of the schools. Originally two winners were set to be announced, but Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has […]

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Stroud switching to heat pumps for three public buildings

The boilers in three large public buildings are being replaced by heat pumps by Stroud District Council. The council has been successful in bidding for a £4.7million grant from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and will add £700,000 to the project for the pumps at Stratford Park Leisure Centre and the Museum in the Park […]

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Welsh schools get energy-efficiency funding boost

Schools and colleges in Wales are to receive £60 million in funding to make buildings more energy efficient. The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has announced £50 million for schools and £10 million in funding for Further Education colleges. The funding will help schools and colleges with energy efficiency and decarbonisation priorities. […]

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