Watt Footprint ….. The Book
This book seeks to provide information that will equip today’s smart citizens with sufficient information to make informed personal decisions about addressing their dependence on energy from fossil fuel sources. In the past, we had limited scientific understanding of heat flow and temperature-control mechanisms, particularly in family homes, offices, and commercial buildings. It was not a critical concern. Today, it’s an entirely different scenario, the result of a growing body of scientific evidence and a better understanding of the technologies of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the environmental effects of burning fossil fuels. This presents some substantial opportunities as well as a real threat.(7stepspage book)
A whole new language has emerged to describe how our buildings need to be assessed and upgraded to help meet globally agreed carbon-reduction targets. The baseline statistics and target efficiencies may vary from country to country, but the overriding need for carbon-emissions reductions and fossil fuel energy savings is the same. Today you cannot buy a car, a washing machine, or new window for your home without knowing the carbon-emissions effect of its production, use, and demise. Climate change policy has silently embedded itself in legislation worldwide, and everyone needs to quickly come up to speed with these developments because the price for not doing so will be detrimental to our very existence. We have one world and one problem, where energy waste and carbon emissions in one region can result in consequential detrimental effects elsewhere.(7stepspage book)
The book outlines a simple seven-step approach to saving energy in buildings by combining energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and explaining simple payback periods. (7stepspage book)
- The first step relates to mind change because a failure to accept that this small planet has limited resources and to recognize the extreme consequences of ignoring climate change will result in a failure to fully embrace the transformation needed.
- The second step examines measurement because “you manage what you measure.” An inability to measure means you cannot monitor, and monitoring is the only effective way to address our climate change challenge and develop systems of measurable accountability.
- The third step explores the importance of making buildings airtight and draught-free.
- The fourth step describes the readily understood concept of insulation.
- The fifth looks at temperature control and renewable heating methods.
- The sixth investigates electricity demand, including the role of renewable energy.
- The seventh and final step is the crucial issue of water efficiency: too much water, too little water, water in all the wrong places and at the wrong times, and, of course, no water where and when it is needed most.
Climate change is a game changer in the building industry. New players and new opportunities are appearing throughout this most traditional of business sectors. Citizens will need ready access to information on all matters relating to new-build energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and building refurbishment. Sometimes, when governments become involved in an area of business, they can adopt an overly-bureaucratic approach and overly complicate matters. Re-simplifying matters is, therefore, essential and is the matter at the core of this book. (7stepspage book )