New report says UK energy policy should focus on sustainable buildings

£12.1 billion could be saved every year between now and 2050 if the UK’s energy policy would prioritise the construction of greener buildings, according to a report published earlier this month by the Sustainable Energy Association, or SEA.

The group, which speaks for green technology providers, demonstrated in its report that creating buildings which generate power and heat for themselves, and consume less energy, would prove more economical than the current focus on large projects such as offshore wind and nuclear power.

The report – which makes use of an energy calculator devised by the Government – shows that by concentrating on on-site energy generation and building insulation, economic savings would prove greater in the long term. The SEA chief executive, Dave Sowden, said that sustainable buildings are better for energy security, reduced waste, lower fuel bills, and decreased fossil fuel imports.

According to the SEA, improving buildings with green energy technology and energy efficiency is now much cheaper to achieve than ever before, so the Government should strongly consider putting sustainable architecture at the heart of the UK’s energy policy.

In the North West, on the Wirral, a number of green buildings have already been constructed, including the Warrens Medical Centre, a GP’s surgery, and pharmacy with a green roof and many sustainable features. Residents of the area who wish to be part of the move towards greener building should contact an architect on the Wirral who has experience in designing sustainable projects. The benefits should be considerable in the long run.

Posted by Mark
July 31, 2014
Sustainability

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