Thursday, January 8, 2009
Germany shows us how it’s done, again
"In East Berlin’s communist-era apartments, warm air used to seep through drafty walls. No more. A €2bn urban-renovation program paid for foam insulation, cutting energy use almost in half. The urban fund, also notable for turning human waste into biofuel, has helped the German capital trim emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide 20 percent since 1990, according to city data. From Berlin to Vancouver cities are creating bike paths, making windows air-tight and building cleaner power plants. Berlin’s building codes were changed to encourage residents to fix up homes and live closer together in the inner city. New trams and bicycle paths were added." --- Any chance of Gordon Brown improving the UK's cold and damp housing stock with some foam and double-glazing?