Outsidewrecker - the blog of David Frise
David Frise is head of sustainability at the B&ES whose members are committed to delivering high quality, responsible and sustainable building services solutions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ignoring regs can kill
The inquest into the fatal fire in a tower block in London has heard that fire walls had less than five minutes fire resistance. This shows just how serious ignoring the Building Regulations can be. Read more...
New dash for gas
It's going to be gas all the way as the country tries to plug its looming energy gaps. That has positive implications for contractors. Read why...
There goes our energy
This month's CIBSE Annual Lecture was a sobering experience as the Ofgem chief executive painted a thoroughly depressing picture of our current energy capacity. I really don't want to say...'I told you so!' Read more...
Heat pump rip off
Heat pumps got some much needed good news last week only to receive the ultimate slap in the face from the BBC. Read more...
Who ate all the pasties?
If we can't trust the Government to stick to its guns on pasties and caravans...what hope is there for energy policies? Read on...
Who will deliver the Green Deal?
If no-one meets the current competence criteria...more
FiTs under attack
First the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the now the Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) – is the Government energy policy unravelling? more >
Biomass gets a kicking
The Renewable Heat Incentive was postponed because the Government got its figures wrong over biomass. Egg on face time...
Save the planet – burn gas!
Despite the billions of pounds spent promoting, subsidising and developing renewables they still produce just 6.5 per cent of our energy needs. more >
In the words of JFK…
The iconic US president JFK famously exhorted the people to “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. Our own coalition government is using today’s economic meltdown to create a similar mood and promote a ‘can do’ attitude.
The Green Deal is a crucial example. It is the lynchpin of the country’s entire energy strategy for homes and if we don’t like it, we can lump it because it is, literally, the only game in town. more >
Climate change – stop trying to solve it
Thousands of books and scientific papers are being written about climate change all the time – but we are no closer to "solving" the problem. So let's stop trying! more >
Seize the VAT
Amid all the despair, there is an upside to this month’s rise in the standard rate of VAT. more >
Being grateful for small mercies
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has received a less than ecstatic welcome from many quarters – the tariffs are widely regarded as too small to deliver the dramatic market shift the Government is looking for. more >
Nuclear panic adds fuel to energy efficiency
The ongoing drama unfolding at the Fukushima reactor in Japan should actually strengthen the argument of those proposing an expansion of the world’s nuclear energy programmes. The fact that it has had the opposite effect defies logic. more >