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Low carbon event elicits green building solutions

September 28 2011

Low carbon event elicits green building solutions
A gathering of some of the leading lights in sustainable design; including David McNeil, technical director at Buro Happold and Don McLean, founder of IES, has highlighted the leading role which Scotland can play in enabling a low carbon economy.

McLean, organiser of Environmental Modelling for a Low Carbon Scotland, observed: “I’d say they (the US) are at least 5-10 years behind us in terms of thinking and they certainly turn to those companies with a UK presence for experience.”

An open thought session in which delegates were invited to postulate posers saw Urban Realm table the following teaser: ‘How best can Scotland’s existing buildings be retro-fitted to meet 21st century environmental standards?’

It drew this response from one delegate: “I see lots of new/refurbished buildings consuming more energy than before.”

The responder went on to point out that a range of factors; including dark ceilings, lack of daylighting and high solar gains all had their part to play in meeting best practice.

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