Do low energy buildings really deliver results? Last month, Thomas Lane found two new-build offices that failed to live up to all their green credentials. Here, he reveals if two refurbished offices performed any better
How do low-energy buildings perform? The best way to find out is to test them once they’ve been used. In the first of two articles, Thomas Lane reveals whether two new offices lived up to their promises
The Energy Technologies Institute will look at eco-refurbishment and retrofitting of existing properties
The bizarre mixture of the dysfunctional,the delightful and the disappointing that is the Scottish parliament building opened in 2004. Five-and-a-half years later, Martin Spring returned to ask the MSPs it was built for what it’s like to work in
It won the Stirling prize, but many doubted whether it would ever win over the locals. Nine years on, Martin Spring went back to Will Alsop’s Peckham library to find out
Ken Livingstone did not want Building to revisit his ‘Beehive’ City Hall three years after completion. Could it be that this 21st-century landmark has not achieved its low-energy targets?
Housebuilders can specify all the green technology they want, but what happens when human beings get left in charge of the thermostat? Buro Happold installed sensors to find out, then told Thomas Lane what they discovered
Peabody’s BedZed was the housing scheme that first got everyone talking about zero-carbon living. But is it all that it was cracked up to be?
Nine years after it was built, Martin Spring went back to Benson & Forsyth’s Museum of Scotland. He found a striking, intriguing building that is struggling to cope with the Edinburgh weather