Green building in the United Kingdom

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Green building in the United Kingdom becoming everyday more increasingly popular and on demand.

In Wales, advice on and access to sustainable building is available from a not-for-profit organisation called Rounded Developments Enterprises. They run a Sustainable Building Centre in Cardiff.

The UK Building Regulations set requirements for insulation levels and other aspects of sustainability in building construction.

Under the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) Europe has made a mandatory energy certification since January 4, 2009. A mandatory certificate called the Building Energy Rating system (BER) and a certification Energy Performance Certificate is needed by all buildings that measure more than 1000 Sq mts in all the European nations. According to the UK Green Building Council, existing buildings account for 17% of the UK’s total carbon emissions.

One of the best known green buildings in the UK is the Media Centres’ Friendly Street Building.

The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) has promoted sustainable building in the UK since 1989.

There are numerous resources online can be found with useful information about the green building trends in England. One of the best ones is this one to find it click here.

 

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USGBC, Green Globes and CALGreen building code

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The independent commission that created this at the Governor’s directive consulted with agencies from the Energy Commission and Dept. of Water Resources, to organizations like Green Globes, CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) and the USGBC. This code is for all of California and became mandatory for all new building design and construction as of Jan. 1, 2011.

Now you may be asking yourself if the State of California has any such green building code, or is building green only elective through the U.S. Green Building Council’s point-based LEED system? In our last post, we explained similarities and differences between the LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) vs. the State’s CALGreen building code, the nation’s 1st green building code.

In 2010, the State did, in fact, create the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code, otherwise known as the CALGreen Code– the nation’s 1st green building code (we ARE California, so of course we are first!). To get a little technical and if you want to find it, it is Part 11 of the California Building Standards Code in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

The trend shows LEED Certification will keep its importance in the following decades. There is a great resource about LEED Certification information, you can find it click here.