Debate 40 - The focus on carbon is distracting us from saving carbon

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 | Debates

Is a concentration on carbon is the most effective way of reducing the carbon emissions from our new and existing buildings? The recent report of the Construction Industry’s Innovation & Growth Team says it brings simplicity and rigour. Is this so, or do we risk ‘green bling’ and other unintended consequences?

The focus on carbon is distracting us from saving carbon

The focus on carbon is distracting us from saving carbon

Example: Politicians’ home wind turbines and biomass boilers used as a ‘get out of jail free card’ for buildings that are not energy efficient but which could have been.

The debate was chaired by Paul Morrell, Government Chief Construction Advisor.

To speak we had:
Guy Battle, Engineer, Founder of DC8 (De-Carbonate) and Partner at Deloittes

Bill Bordass, Scientist and leading proponent and advocate of building performance assessment at the Usable Buildings Trust

Sunand Prasad, Architect, Founding Partner of Penoyre & Prasad and RIBA Past President

Stephen Hill, Development Surveyor, Director C2O futureplanners, author of RICS Manifesto on Sustainable Infrastructures and Land Use Systems

Bridget Rosewell, Economist, Chairman of Volterra and former advisor to the Treasury’s Select Committee on Monetary Policy

Debate held: 10 June 2010
Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great George St, London SW1

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