Factoring in the ‘fleshy organics’

Posted on by melanie

‘Fleshy organics’ – thats you and me, people  is the missing link in the ongoing struggle to cut energy use in buildings. Get Sust! learned a lot about occupant behaviour from the experts at the INSITE13 conference in October, but arrives at an unexpected conclusion.

There is widespread concern about the rising costs consumers are paying for electricity and gas. So much so that politicians have kicked off another round of policy-pledge wiff-waff, batting promises of ‘fixed prices tomorrow’ and ‘more competition’ back and forth across the despatch box. But pricing policy is not the only issue of the day: somehow we need to get control of energy use in buildings or, according to the IPCC, we may forever rue our dithering.

Recognising that there is a major problem is a good first step to tackling it. Unfortunately, though, temporary price fixing will do nothing to reduce carbon emissions. Nor will it provide a long-term solution to the many thousands of UK citizens struggling with fuel poverty and living in inefficient and unhealthy properties.

For several decades the government and its agencies have worked to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s property portfolio through targeted research, best practice guidance and technical requirements. But there is still a long way to go to reach the government’s 2050 emissions targets. The experts at BRE have pinpointed the next (and final?) frontier in the battle to clamp down on energy usage: people.

Opening day 1 of BRE’s INSITE13 conference and exhibition, Chief Executive Dr Peter Bonfield recalled the first INSITE event in 2003, where he had set out the event’s aim to “be just ahead of what is mainstream”. This year, fleshy organics was one of the topics du jour – and we’re not talking your common-or-garden five-a-day (… but stay tuned). Read the full article on the NBS Sustainability hub.

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