With all the doom and gloom of government cuts to the pre registration of Feed in Tariffs Reading Sustainabilty Centre have some good news. They have been planning to develop a hydro power scheme to supply renewable electricity generated by the fall of water at Caversham weir in Reading and they are moving
CIOB opens ideas fund for construction research
Original ideas are being backed by the Chartered Institute of Building Bowen Jenkins Legacy Research Fund to support practitioners and researchers in construction. Now in its second year the Fund is targeting five areas of research:- Sustainability in the Built Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Building Performance Improvement, Application of Digital Technologies and Employment Practices in construction. Read more
Applications are open to CIOB members and non-members internationally. Funding is accessible for individuals, companies or in support of larger research projects within other organisations. The CIOB is offering between £2,000 – £10,000 for each research project and over a duration of 1 to 2 years. The Fund is open for entry until 15 July 2016. Details about how to enter and further information is available at http://www.ciob.org/scholarships/bowen-jenkins-legacy-research-fund.
Green building is major driver in US
‘Green building is playing a massive role in the U.S. construction and energy sectors,’ said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of the US Green building Council (USGBC). “More than 2.3 million U.S. workers are taking home $134 billion annually in large part because of green building programs like LEED. Demand for green building will only continue to grow as individuals, businesses and institutions continue to prioritize sustainable approaches to the design, construction and operations of our built environment.”Read more
The new USGBC analysis also explores the multifaceted economic contribution of green construction to the U.S. economy and individual U.S. states, quantifying the economic impact of green building and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
“Our research shows that green building has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy, with the construction of LEED-certified buildings accounting for about 40 percent of green construction’s overall contribution to GDP in 2015,” said David Erne, a Senior Associate at Booz Allen. “This industry is certainly on the rise, and aggressive growth in the green building sector is anticipated over the next four years.”