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Extreme weather and global warming are threatening the world. It’s time to learn more about green lifestyle to save our world. ‘Go green’ now, reduce the use of energy and wastage disposal.
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《Nature and Man in One 2016》 Building Green (2)

2017-07-07

《Nature and Man in One 2016》 Building Green (2)

2017-07-07
Green building isn’t an exclusive advantage of new buildings. Through retrofitting, old buildings could improve their energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions. Research has shown that British buildings have an average lifespan of 132 years. These old buildings with poor energy efficiency fall behind today’s standards in terms of structure and equipment. The Greater London Authority launched RE:FIT to retrofit public sector buildings, hoping to help London to achieve its target to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2025. Around 10% of London’s carbon emissions come from council housing. To make homes more energy-efficient, GLA began large scale retrofitting works (RE:NEW) including the replacement of heating systems, installations of double glazed windows and better insulated external walls. Over 110,000 units were retrofitted. The project helps to reduce carbon emissions as well as bringing warmer homes to residents.
To encourage the improvement of energy efficiency in public sector buildings, the Greater London Authority has a framework of consultants providing tailored solutions to different public sector organisations, help them get energy efficiency retrofit projects successfully implemented and offer guaranteed cost savings, the RE:FIT programme successfully reduces public sector’s carbon emissions. Located in southwestern London Borough of Richmond, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew is a UNESCO world heritage site. The site houses over 200 buildings, 40 listed buildings and over 20 greenhouses. The around-the-clock heating in the greenhouses is energy-consuming. Energy experts provide a simple energy-saving plan for the gardens, hoping to improve the energy efficiency of the seed bank especially.
Southwest England’s Bristol has the lowest per capita carbon emission of the largest cities in the UK; it was the winner of the European Green Capital in 2015. Bristolians care about environmental campaigns, and some community groups have taken the initiative to provide energy-saving plans for homes, by using a mobile phone and thermal imaging technology to detect heat loss in old buildings, so that residents could find out the problems at their homes and what measures must be taken.
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