22 Feb 2019

Making our homes healthier Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A lot can be done to make our homes healthier without spending a fortune on triple glazing, solar panels, and intelligent dishwashers.

21 Feb 2019

£250m boost to housing and to garden towns Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A new government push on boosting housebuilding rates will help plug housing gaps in several areas, though there is uncertainty over the degree of future-proofing as carbon emissions standards tighten.

21 Feb 2019

Sheffield district heating project fails Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Sheffield and Manchester pilot district heating projects have been cancelled, representing setbacks in the government’s £320m roll-out strategy.

21 Feb 2019

Urgent measures needed as homes fail climate challenge Locked

Flood Briefing: Key sustainability and energy efficiency targets are set to be missed in both existing and new build homes unless policy ambition, quality control and enforcement are increased.

21 Feb 2019

SynchroniCity to roll out Internet of Things solutions Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The goal of the initiative is to scale IoT-enabled city services and develop them for use in all cities.

21 Feb 2019

Work begins on Passivhaus leisure centre

Sustainable Building Briefing: Exeter City Council’s St Sidwell’s Point facility is part of the £300m city centre vision.

21 Feb 2019

Bristol energy-saving project recognised

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Council has won a Smart Cities UK award for getting households to try energy-saving appliances.

21 Feb 2019

Redrow scheme receives BREEAM certification Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The housebuilder has achieved the Domestic Refurbishment certification for its Barbican Blake Tower redevelopment project in central London.

15 Feb 2019

London Passivhaus scheme wins two awards

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Agar Grove development in Camden has won the Mayor’s Awards for Good Growth and Sustainable and Environmental Planning.

15 Feb 2019

Absence of action on zero carbon homes costs consumers £200/yr Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Since 2016, a continuing policy vacuum on achieving zero carbon standards has left new-build homeowners facing higher fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

14 Feb 2019

Greenwich Council seeks £320m off-site partner

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Council wants a single housing provider to deliver off-site homes in the London Borough for up to the next 13 years.

14 Feb 2019

Large retrofit scheme must be backed to meet climate target, says report Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: By supporting an extensive net zero energy home retrofitting scheme, the UK has a far better chance of meeting its climate change targets, says the Green Alliance.

14 Feb 2019

The shipping container solution? Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Buy a load of shipping containers for £1,000 apiece, cut out a few windows, transform the insides with soft lighting and pallet furniture, and rent them for a song. Housing problem solved, right? Wrong. Eoin Redahan reports.

7 Feb 2019

Cheshire East Council backs eco-homes alongside wetland restoration

Ecology Briefing: The small-scale development will incorporate a range of sustainable building measures while also restoring local habitat.

7 Feb 2019

Weston opens advanced off-site housing factory Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Braintree Logistics Centre applies automotive industry-style logistics to assemble housing components and send them to development sites.

7 Feb 2019

Transformative construction projects get Government funding Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A novel piling system and AI planning technology are among the projects to receive funding from the Government’s £18m Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

7 Feb 2019

Terracotta pipes provide passive cooling solution Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: An Indian architect has designed an innovative cooling system based on the centuries-old practice of cooling water in terracotta pots, according to the UN Environment Programme.

7 Feb 2019

Wastewater sludge for brick production? Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Bricks made with biosolids reduce waste and cut energy use, say researchers in Australia.

7 Feb 2019

Surrey scheme promises user-centric approach

Sustainable Building Briefing: Bioregional Homes has submitted a planning application for 30 affordable homes on a former tree nursery site in Chobham.

4 Feb 2019

BEIS looks to boost non-domestic participation in smart meter benefits Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A new push from BEIS aims to boost uptake of smart meters in smaller businesses, promote lower energy use, better access to data and smart energy services.

31 Jan 2019

Glasgow Council appoints placemaking lead

Sustainable Building Briefing: As the city’s first Urbanist, Professor Brian Evans will embed “place quality” within council-implemented plans.

31 Jan 2019

Retirement scheme refused due to solar gain concerns Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Bristol City Council has partly refused a 33-flat redevelopment project in Shirehampton as the South and West-facing properties would have been prone to excessive heat from the sun.

31 Jan 2019

High street loan fund looks to boost towns

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Government has made up to £50,000 available for bids that make local areas more attractive for business.

27 Jan 2019

RIBA slams extension of permitted development Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The architecture body feels that the Government’s change of use proposal could lead to tiny, sub-standard homes that would reduce well-being.

27 Jan 2019

World GBC moves towards sustainability framework Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Green Building Council’s consultation seeks to define what makes a truly sustainable building and strengthen the need for such buildings.

27 Jan 2019

Birmingham to build first modular home

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust has granted planning permission for the two-bed house in Hockley.

27 Jan 2019

Nottingham makes carbon neutral pledge Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The City Council plans to become carbon neutral by 2028.

22 Jan 2019

Death of the traditional office space? Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The advent of co-working has changed the way our offices are built and occupied, says Waterman Group.

22 Jan 2019

“Destination shopping” areas to grow, says CBRE Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: With the internet share of retail sales set to rise further, our retail spaces may be reimagined.

22 Jan 2019

Renewables body questions Clean Air Strategy focus

Sustainable Building Briefing: Low-carbon transport should be prioritised as a means of improving air quality ahead of tackling domestic biomass burners, says the Renewable Energy Association.