zero carbon

Green for Growth: Zero-carbon homes

The industry needs some clarity on carbon reduction targets. Building looks at three examples of low and zero-carbon housing


Floating House

Flood-proof house: Home and dry

Would you build a house on the Norfolk Broads, one of the most flood-prone areas of the UK? LSI Architects did and its sophisticated design meant getting the project through planning was plain sailing.

Strata tower: Southwark’s sore thumb

The Strata tower sticks out 150m above south London’s downtrodden Elephant and Castle. But, rather than being a symbol of aspiration, the building is turning away from the very area it’s meant to be giving a lift

Tellytubby land: BedZed revisited

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? 

Passivhaus isn’t just for houses – this furniture store in Erolzheim, south Germany was designed by Keck-Architekten to Passivhaus standards

No biomass, no turbines, no solar panels. Is Passivhaus the way to zero carbon?

The German Passivhaus standard is winning admirers in the UK, many of whom argue that its simple approach to low-energy building is far more practical than the Code for Sustainable Homes


Dominick Veasey

More homes: A mountain to climb

21 Jun 17

Market uncertainy caused by the hung parliament could derail government’s plans to tackle the housing crisis

Anthony Thistleton

Modular housing can introduce choice

20 Jun 17

Modular housing doesn’t have to come at the expense of good architecture and could bring choice


Social housing must embrace modular

15 Jun 17

Housing associations can make savings and get more control over supply by adopting modular


Al Watson and Jill Carey

No newts is good newts

1 Jun 17

Finding great crested newts on site can cause delays. But plans to streamline the process must play out in the context of changes (or not) to environmental legislation post-Brexit

Simon Rawlinson

The shock of the new

1 Jun 17

All parties are promising a new era of council housebuilding - could this be the wake-up call the industry needs to fundamentally change the way it goes about building houses?

Michael Dall

House prices cool for summer

26 May 17

House price growth is slowing which could have an impact on the speed of housing construction

Grant Lipton

Heritage is absent from the housing white paper

22 May 17

We need to reintroduce the concept of heritage into the discussion around the expanding our villages, towns and cities

Mark Leeson

How to help local authorities build homes

19 May 17

The Conservatives’ pledge to build more council houses is welcome but few people have mentioned the route that built hundreds of thousands of homes each year in the post-war period

Steve Douglas

Social housing is back as a cross-party priority

17 May 17

Recent policy and manifesto announcements reveal ambitious social housing targets but delivery will rely on joint ventures with the private sector