15 Dec 2018

Off-grid buildings to be test bed for decarbonised heat Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: England’s off-grid communities will be in the vanguard of low-carbon and renewable heating in the government’s emerging future framework for heat in buildings. Paul Hatchwell reports.

15 Dec 2018

Residential carbon intensity falls in Northern Ireland Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Overall emissions per capita have reduced by 28% between 1990 and 2016, despite population growth of 17% over the period.

15 Dec 2018

MMC inquiry launched by Government

Sustainable Building Briefing: The expanding role of modern methods of construction in the UK’s housing mix will be investigated by the Housing, Communities, and Local Government Committee.

6 Dec 2018

RINA invites near-zero upgrade case studies

Sustainable Building Briefing: Local authorities have been invited to enter building renovation projects as case studies into the pan-European ABRACADABRA project.

6 Dec 2018

Government high-rise cladding ban could affect sustainable building Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Key sustainability features such as solar PV, green walls, timber cladding and brise soleil are being targeted in government's cladding restrictions, post-Grenfell.

30 Nov 2018

UKGBC to work out definition for net zero carbon buildings Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Definition will be used to used to inform project designs, reporting initiatives, planning requirements and building regulations.

30 Nov 2018

Low-carbon hydrogen will need early heat strategy Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Hydrogen has a role in plugging the decarbonisation gap in heating , but the Government will have to act soon to ensure a range of options and keep costs down. Paul Hatchhwell reports.

30 Nov 2018

Cory submits plans for Thameside energy park

EIA +Planning Briefing: Plans to increase capacity of by 655,000t/yr.

28 Nov 2018

Cambridge nursery wins overall Wood Award

Sustainable Building Briefing: University of Cambridge halls and chapels influence design.

23 Nov 2018

Blockchain and IoT will lead to profound changes, finds report Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Internet of Things, smarter use of data, and blockchain technology will drive efficiencies in all types of buildings, according to Aurecon.

23 Nov 2018

Bamboo home scoops international prize

Ecology Briefing: The home only takes four hours to build and could provide a sustainable, low-cost solution in the Philippines.

22 Nov 2018

Off-site bathrooms reflect post-Brexit material concerns Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The purchase of prefabricated pods could ensure fixed bathroom prices regardless of Brexit, but rising material costs and the skills drain remain massive worries.

22 Nov 2018

Bristol Council makes net zero carbon pledge

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Council plans to make the city net carbon neutral by 2030.

22 Nov 2018

Global energy management systems to hit $62.3bn in 2023 Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The global market for systems which reduce our energy bills will grow at a rate of 13.5% CAGR by 2023, according to Allied Market Research.

16 Nov 2018

Far more focus on retrofits needed, says HBF Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The EPC performance of UK newbuilds remains high, but far larger carbon savings could be made by focusing on retrofitting our existing housing stock.

16 Nov 2018

Network Rail extols benefits of eco-friendly measures Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The rail body says the introduction of solar panels, insulation, and rainwater harvesting at King’s Cross railway station is cutting costs considerably.

16 Nov 2018

Eight ways to cut district heating network costs Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The capital cost of UK heat networks could be reduced by 30-40% by evolving our approach, according to an Energy Technologies Institute-commissioned report.

16 Nov 2018

Updated EU renewable and energy efficiency targets adopted Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: European Parliament approves updated targets to improve renewable energy consumption and efficiency metrics.

Europe, UK
15 Nov 2018

Business benefits of green building highlighted in report

Sustainable Building Briefing: About half of the 2,000 building professionals surveyed by Dodge Data & Analytics say 60% of their projects will have a green focus by 2021.

9 Nov 2018

Kinetic pavers among New Zealand park features

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Scott Point Sustainable Sports Park in Auckland blends an ecological focus with the need for new athletic facilities.

9 Nov 2018

Government’s private rental energy measures fall short, says UKGBC

Sustainable Building Briefing: It believes the decision to introduce a cost cap of £3,500 for landlords who must improve the energy efficiency of F and G rated homes means many homes will not be retrofitted.

9 Nov 2018

Government establishes beautiful building commission Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Well designed buildings are far more likely to gain community buy-in, says Communities Secretary James Brokenshire.

9 Nov 2018

Pre-fab healthcare facilities launched

Sustainable Building Briefing: Willmott Dixon has teamed up with architect Penoyre & Prasad to develop the Cura integrated health hub.

9 Nov 2018

London is the world’s most sustainable city, finds Arcadis Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: European cities occupy eight of the top 10 spots in the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index rankings.

2 Nov 2018

Homes England backs SMEs in strategic plan Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The five-year plan seeks to diversify the housing market and encourage modern methods of construction.

1 Nov 2018

Arts organisations receive £11.6m resilience grant

Sustainable Building Briefing: The 36 UK bodies have received funding to build resilience and sustainability into their operations, according to the Arts Council.

1 Nov 2018

Budget criticised for neglecting climate change measures Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Government has received criticism from several quarters for the lack of clean growth policies in the Autumn Budget. Here’s what three of the critics had to say…

26 Oct 2018

Government admits all new builds prone to overheating to some degree

EIA +Planning Briefing: All new builds are prone to overheating to some extent, government admits to EAC.

Europe, UK
25 Oct 2018

Suggested EPC changes welcomed by UKGBC and Citizens Advice Bureau

Sustainable Building Briefing: Both bodies believe the Call for Evidence for Energy Performance Certificates could improve the accuracy and reliability of EPCs.

25 Oct 2018

Nottingham solar champion honoured posthumously

Ecology Briefing: City Councillor Alan Clark has received the Solar Power Portal Award for his work in increasing Nottingham’s energy self-sufficiency.