Celebrating Earth Day on 22nd April 2015
On April 22nd each year people around the world mark Earth Day and pledge their support for environmental protection. Earth Day began in America in 1970 and since then, every year it has grown, meaning that today it is a recognised global movement and a day celebrated across the globe.
The first Earth Day was a revelation to those who took part, it was a way not only of raising awareness of environmental issues, but also of bringing together separate groups which had been campaigning separately against a variety of environmental issues; including oil spills, industrial pollution, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, the loss of rain forest and air pollution amongst other issues.
This year Earth Day 2015 falls in the middle of Climate Education Week, so there’s no better time to consider your own environmental impact and that of your business, buildings or other property you may own or be planning to build.
As providers of CAD Services and designers of buildings, structures and other developments, it is vital to keep fully abreast of current regulations and guidelines relating to the environmental efficiency and eco friendliness of new buildings, as well as understanding what can be done to bring older buildings up to standard during any future refurbishment or remodelling.
Not only is it beneficial for both the design and construction industries to be compliant with current regulations, adhering to environment regulations can help save money both during the construction of the building in terms of waste, but also throughout the life of the building with reduced energy costs as well as a wealth of other environmental and cost benefits.
In the UK almost half of our carbon emissions are due to buildings and housing. The long-term goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Non-domestic buildings which include commercial buildings such as offices, shops and hotels; public sector buildings (hospitals, schools etc); and industrial buildings account for 18% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. To work towards reducing this in the long term, we need to design and construct buildings with minimal environmental impact.
Whilst not everyone wants to live or work in a Grand Designs style bio-dome, it is realistic to be able to incorporate environmentally friendly and sustainable design into your building project. The Carbon Trust has an easy to access “Design Advice” programme which can help clients to design and construct buildings which go above and beyond the minimum standards set by the UK Governments building regulations.
Current building regulations require property developers to reduce the amount of carbon emitted from new buildings as part of the Government’s wider objective of achieving zero carbon emissions by the end of the decade.
Whatever your design requirements, The CAD Room are able to create intelligent, cost effective and environmentally friendly building designs which will help your building meet the required standards throughout its life cycle.