The effects of climate change are only appearing to increase. With news that the winter of 2016 was probably the hottest ever measured by meteorological records, there is a growing movement worldwide to try and combat climate change’s worst effects by looking increasingly towards sustainable sources of development. With the need to make such fast and assured progress however, how can we make this a reality and still maintain effective standards?
With half of UK carbon emissions stemming from the construction sector, it is clear that solutions must be effectively and quickly found, whilst reducing the dependency on oil that allows for current manufacturing conditions. The way buildings have been designed before we started to properly consider implications on the environment has left us with pollution problems posed to our soil, water and air supplies. Luckily, work is ongoing to address this very real situation.
As the recent shift in how we design our buildings indicates, with more strict standards and regulations strongly encouraging us to look to use more environmentally friendly and renewable materials, it can be difficult to continue apace with the current levels of training, which may not match the levels of ambition needed to develop sustainable buildings as quickly as everyone would like.
If a building site were to take on contractors who are not up to date with current sustainability standards and those who were not yet educated on the workings of certain renewable energy features, it may well prove to be a hindrance to the whole operation.
With this in mind, how do we find an approach that suits the best interests of everybody involved? This means developing a strategy for training contractors that encompasses all of the technologies we need to incorporate into our building designs in order to make them suitably sustainable.
There can be different ways to find suitably trained contractors. The most difficult way would likely be to try and train everyone according to these new standards of design onsite, but this is time-consuming and not necessarily cost-effective. There are certainly suitable training courses available to develop workers to required levels of understanding, but it is definitely possible to simply look to hire those who are already suitably trained to this level, by opting to hire through an umbrella company that has already taken these steps to gear staff up to sustainable building designs.
By going down this route, it enables a construction company to get on with the job of sustainable design without having to retrain staff in the direction they wish to go in. Along with this, it is well noted that those companies who choose to go down the route of sustainable development will see a better economic return as consumers of an eco-conscious mind will deliberately seek out companies that have an ethical motive, and consider environmental and social responsibility as a key part of their directive.
As this trend of sustainable development in the environmental sector is only going to increase, construction companies will be looking to get ahead in the game by taking the right steps towards sustainable building design.
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”