This study compares the comfort conditions in November 2012 inside the unheated Passive House Mayville Community Centre, with conditions in two heated, un-insulated post war flats on the Mayville Estate.



UK buildings are consistently failing to perform. So the UK needs to train architects and engineers with greater technical competence than it is presently doing if we are to address our ever-growing CO2 emissions. So why are there usually no UK students on the Postgraduate MSc Environmental Design and Engineering course in the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at UCL (also host to the UCL Energy Institute)


I found this comment very interesting. It was in response to today's Guardian report that 240 scientists have produced a shocking official US Climate Assessment Report. I don't have time to try to check the veracity of the claims, but someone using 'Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air' (freely accessed on line) might be able to do that. If so, please do add your calculations to this posting as a comment or link.


I wish the UK government in 2013 would address the complementary needs for: 

(a) jobs for people to do. 

(b) deep energy-saving retrofits of homes. 

It seems to me to be financially prudent and responsible for government to borrow money now to save a lot more money over the coming decades and create jobs at the same time. This could be done by the deep-retrofit of buildings now (as is being done in other parts of Europe) and this would create meaningful jobs in the process and a future for disenfranchised youths.


I have been given permission by Bernard to publish what I think should be adopted as a mission statement for London:

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I believe that we need to develop within the construction industry a future-focused innovation strategy for low impact buildings in UK, and to export this strategy, with the technologies which complement it, worldwide. London seems an obvious place to start and you are in a key position to influence local government and to make it happen.


At last a whole lot more research work has been published on our research page:   


For the second year running Mildmay Community Centre with its own wildflower green roofs played host for the Wildlife Gardening Forum Conference 2012. Justin was invited to talk on the process of creating a green roof for his own house, the Muse. It has become an oasis of wildlife with four beehives on the roof, nestled amongst flourishing native wildflowers, surrounded by the chatter of birds in the trees and young chicks in the nestboxes embedded in the walls; and all this in central London!


Not a single penny has been spent on heating so far this year at the Mildmay Centre (formerly the Mayville Community Centre) yet the indoor temperatures throughout the building remain very, very comfortable at between 21 and 22 degrees centigrade.

Why aren't all new buildings built like this and why isn't government mobilising a massively overdue mass-retrofit in the UK in order to save money, save energy, reduce carbon emissions, save the planet, and create new jobs in a new green economy? Wake up UK government! WAKE UP!


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