New Part L to come into force in April 2014

New Part L to come into force in April 2014

The long-awaited new version of Part L – the section of the Building Regulations focusing on energy efficiency – will come into force in April 2014, the government announced today.

Does light make us better people?

Does light make us better people?

Lighting may affect people's ethical behaviour, research by Taiwanese psychologists suggests. They modified three classic experiments to test altruism under different levels of fluorescent lighting.

West Africa joins ban on incandescents

West Africa joins ban on incandescents

West African nations have agreed to phase out inefficient incandescent lamps. Government representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have successfully established a regionally coordinated framework to transition to energy efficient lighting.

Eliminating kerosene lamps could save $22bn a year

Eliminating kerosene lamps could save $22bn a year

Annual savings of $22 billion (€16.6 billion) could be achieved by switching from fuel-based light sources to solar-powered alternatives, according to the United Nationals Environment Programme (UNEP).