The UK Energy and Industry Minister, Brian Wilson, has challenged the construction industry to integrate renewable energy into buildings.
Mr Wilson made his announcement whilst touring the eco-friendly Integer House, which features photovoltaic panels, solar-heated water, a wind turbine and heat from a geothermal borehole.
The Minister was visiting the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Watford to see the work being done by Integration of New and Renewable Energy into Buildings (INREB) to bring researchers and industry together to develop innovative ways of integrating new and renewable energy sources into buildings. The Integer House was built at BRE to demonstrate and evaluate the use of sustainable materials and green energy sources.
Mr Wilson stressed the need for the construction supply chain to work together so that manufacturers, suppliers, installers and construction specialists all understood one another’s requirements and learnt together from experience.
INREB is a Faraday Partnership supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to directly influence research and training in new and renewable energy technologies.
The Government expects to create a £1 billion market for renewable energy by 2010. The main driver for this will be the forthcoming renewables obligation, which will oblige electricity suppliers to supply ten per cent of their electricity from renewable sources. In addition a £260 million support programme has been provided over the next two years.