- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
I work full time and study Environmental Civil Engineering part time.
For real change to happen there must be an incentive to change and a consequence for not changing. Unfortunately the good intentions of most people to be more green don't translate into physical change. So my proposal would be something to be implemented throughout all of the UK and is as follows. Homes are already placed into efficiency bands ranging from A to G, A being the most efficient and G being the least. I propose that houses that fall on the lower side of this scale should pay a 'tax', perhaps a bolt on to council tax, as a consequence of their inefficiency. This would create an incentive to actively decrease the emissions from your home and for every band dropped the 'tax' would decrease until you reached the threshold. This could be implemented along side a government scheme which reduces the cost for people in the 'tax' threshold to make energy saving additions to their homes. Any money gained from the tax could be put back into the scheme or put towards the renewable energy sector.
Featured articles and news
Intricate inlays and beautiful patterns can be created with waterjet cutting.
Two historic quarries in environmentally sensitive areas were reopened to repair Exeter Cathedral.
The phrase ‘time at large’ describes the situation where there is no date for completion, or it has become invalid.
The Maldives is under threat from climate change. Read this report from BRE on their potential involvement in the region.
MHCLG update states there are still 124 private high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding and no remediation plan.
Starting a new built environment degree? We have a wide range of resources aimed at students.
Former railway chief James Blake says trust and control are key to successful infrastructure projects.
Do you know your Rococo from your De Stijl, your Gothic from your Post-modernist?
May outlines a new funding strategy for housing associations and says the 'stigma' of social housing needs to end.
RIBA launches a consultation on a new Plan of Work for Fire Safety.