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The Energy Bill Revolution is calling for a radical new approach to home energy efficiency. They are calling for all low income homes to be given measures, by 2025, to bring them up to Band C on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and for all other households to be offered 0% interest loans to improve them to an equivalent EPC standard by 2035; delivered as part of a major infrastructure investment programme. This report has undertaken detailed modelling to assess the economic, fiscal, and environmental impacts of this programme. It concludes that the economic case for making the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock a national infrastructure priority is strong. The Energy Bill Revolution is a major alliance campaign to end fuel poverty which is supported by 200 major UK stakeholders.
The author of this blog argues that three of the biggest challenges we currently face in housing are not technical policy challenges. They are perspective, purpose, and politics.
In this blog, the author explores nine reasons why ‘Zero-Carbon Buildings’ is the wrong target and what the right targets are.
Some of the questions the URBACT workstream “New Urban Economies” is exploring are: what is the scope of action for cities to steer their economy? Should cities “sit and wait” for changes to come and affect them, or is there room for pro-active urban policy to grasp emerging opportunities? If so, what is in their scope for action? How to act in a sustainable/integrated way?
This special issue of the journal Urban Research & Practice (Vol.7 Issue 3, 2014) examines how the sudden introduction of a market economy, private property, democratic rules, local autonomy for cities and municipalities and access to the global economy and society have affected the development of cities and municipalities in Central and Eastern Europe. Contributors consider: How would these new conditions shape the national systems of cities and municipalities? Which cities would shrink and which would grow? How would the relationship between core cities and their surrounding municipalities develop? And what would happen within these cities and with their built environment?
Provides evidence to show how integrated land management change can contribute to reducing local flood risk while improving ecosystem services within a catchment.
A session at EMBARQ India’s CONNECTKaro conference earlier this year focused on the role of private developers in building a sustainable built environment. The session also created awareness for the need to develop indicators and benchmarks to measure how the built form impacts travel patterns in Indian cities. These indicators and benchmarks will encourage private developers to incorporate design practices that promote sustainable transport patterns and create neighborhoods and communities that are energy-efficient, inclusive, safe, walkable, lively, healthy, and climate resilient.
The National Audit Office has published the results of a review of five major rail projects sponsored by the Department for Transport since 1998, highlighting lessons the Department for Transport should apply to current and future rail programmes. The projects are the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (later called High Speed 1) and the modernisation of the West Coast Mainline, and ongoing projects: Crossrail, Thameslink and High Speed 2. The report argues that Government decisions on major rail projects have been made using a lack of common sense and ‘unrealistic analysis’.
Designed to raise awareness of flooding across the North West, the Floodready website has been developed to help communities understand the impacts of flooding, specifically what they can do before, during and after an event. Interactive maps, quizzes and case studies are available on the website.