18 Apr 2019

Bristol takes deep sustainability dive Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A consultation has been launched to see how public, private, and non-profit organisations are contributing towards making Bristol a better place.

18 Apr 2019

Sheffield’s first Passivhaus custom build scheme? Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A terrace of 10 affordable custom build homes has been granted planning approval in Stocksbridge.

18 Apr 2019

Berkeley makes carbon positive gains Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The housebuilder has worked with EcoAct to deliver carbon offsetting projects that supplement the housebuilder’s carbon emissions reduction strategy.

18 Apr 2019

IKEA store receives highest BREEAM rating Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Greenwich store is the first retail unit to attain a New Construction Post Construction score of more than 90%, claims the retail giant.

18 Apr 2019

RFID system could transform Internet of Things Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Battery-free RFID tags could be embedded into non-electronic products to provide a far clearer picture of the goings-on in the indoor environment.

18 Apr 2019

How data are improving our public services Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: A project that creates a database of all the UK’s trees and one that identifies the safest roads for cyclists are among those winning a £1.5m Government funding competition.

11 Apr 2019

Most planners want a say in housing design Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Almost 90% of professionals surveyed by the RTPI want more of a say in housing design and more than half say they have a limited influence as it stands.

11 Apr 2019

Ultra-low energy homes set for Northamptonshire Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The 47 homes in Corby are among five Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy case studies in its Building for 2050 project.

11 Apr 2019

Garden of the sky created on Nottingham apartment block Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Design practice Hosta Consulting has created the largest intensive green roof in the city atop a 26-storey apartment block.

11 Apr 2019

Reflective roofs could reduce heat deaths by 25% Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Cool roofs may reduce peak day time temperatures by 3°C during heatwaves, claim University of Oxford researchers.

11 Apr 2019

Seven in 10 people worry about indoor air quality, finds study Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Air quality is increasingly informing people’s choices of where to live and holiday, according to air purifier producer Blueair.

11 Apr 2019

E.ON launches solar reward scheme Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The scheme aims to reward the first 500 new solar installation customers who export energy back to the grid, but only for the first year.

5 Apr 2019

Manchester five-year plan sets course towards climate neutrality and sustainability Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: An extraordinarily wide-ranging five-year environment plan allowing Manchester to start to squeeze carbon out of the economy by 2038 and move towards sustainability has been launched by the mayor.

4 Apr 2019

Misaligned policies and cash shortages threaten impact of landlord energy regulations Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Lack of access to funding, perverse fiscal incentives, loopholes and inadequate enforcement all stand to weaken the impact of MEES in driving up private rented sector energy efficiency.

4 Apr 2019

Fall and rise of the timber tower Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Timber buildings boast many benefits but there are downsides too. So, what came out of the woodwork? Eoin Redahan reports.

29 Mar 2019

A stroll around Futurebuild Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Bottle cap benches. Fungus-reinforced steel. Harnessing the waste heat of the London Underground to ward off the winter. It was Futurebuild 2019. Eoin Redahan reports.

29 Mar 2019

Scotland consults on lofty energy efficiency targets Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: It is assessing whether bringing forward 2040 targets to 2030 is do-able.

28 Mar 2019

£1.25m available for heating innovation in Yorkshire Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Innovate UK will fund projects that improve domestic heat and energy funding in Leeds and York.

28 Mar 2019

Modular homes craned onto derelict Birmingham site Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Homes England has provided a £7.45m loan to help Urban Splash and Places for People build 77 homes as part of a 1,150-homes development in Birmingham city centre.

21 Mar 2019

Bristol Council meets carbon target two years early Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The City Council has met its target, to reduce carbon emissions from its direct activities by 65%, two years ahead of schedule.

21 Mar 2019

BREEAM launches pre-approval process Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Portfolio clients can now have multiple projects evaluated up front by BRE Global.

21 Mar 2019

Bold choices required for a fossil fuel free 2050, finds report Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A fully decarbonised Europe is feasible by 2050 but robust policies are needed to enable this transition, claims a European Climate Foundation-commissioned report.

21 Mar 2019

NHS chooses developers for its healthy towns programme Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Ten developers have been chosen to pool their expertise with those from other sectors to create healthier places for people.

21 Mar 2019

HS2 waste heat to warm 500 homes? Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Waste heat from the high-speed trains could be used to power central heating in Old Oak Common in North West London.

21 Mar 2019

Future of Real Estate Initiative seeks to predict industry changes Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Engineering consultancy Arcadis and The Crown Estate have joined six other organisations at the University of Oxford for proptech research.

21 Mar 2019

Spring statement: biodiversity moves welcomed but warnings on funding and climate change Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Philip Hammond’s biodiversity net gain measures were well received but some criticised the Chancellor of the Exchequer for inaction in key areas. Here is how industry responded.

18 Mar 2019

Construction heavyweights call for binding environmental targets Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A group of 23 organisations has called on the Government to set the binding targets in the Environment Bill.

18 Mar 2019

UK is ripe for Proptech leadership, says BPF Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A Government-backed digital real estate forum and additional state investment could help the UK become a global Proptech leader.

18 Mar 2019

Energiesprong seeks UK retrofit partners Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The whole house deep retrofit organisation believes there is an emerging market for net zero energy housing in the UK.

18 Mar 2019

Five low-carbon housing schemes will help shape policy, says Government Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: On-site energy generation, heat pump technologies, and passivhaus principles will be built and then assessed to inform the Government’s Building for 2050 research project.