There is a consensus within the construction industry that, in principle, low-energy buildings are "a good thing". they should help to preserve the long-term global environment, be cheaper to operate, and be equally or more pleasant for the occupants, than conventional buildings. Why, then are low-energy buildings not currently recognized in the UK marketplace? The European Low-Energy Design Forum, chaired by Timothy Battle, was organized in order to address this question and to make recommendations for the future. Sixty-one delegates were invited by BSRIA to attend a two-day meeting held in parallel with and in close proximity to the CIBSE Technical Conference held in Brighton on 2-4 October 1994. The delegates were selected to provide a cross-section of opinion and experience from the construction industry, not just the services sector. In particular, architects, construction companies and developers were included, together with consulting engineers, manufacturers and contractors from with BSRIA's membership. This BSRIA "Technical Note" contains the most important points raised by the syndicates and a full list of recommendations for future action.
A detailed "proceedings" volume, containing a full account of the discussions, conclusions and recommendations of each of the four syndicates, together with notes of the four keynote speeches has been prepared and is available at BSRIA for consultation.