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


Tom Dickson

Collaboration is key to Starter Homes

24 Jan 17

Local authority partnerships now have ambitious targets for delivering homes for first time buyers, and much depends on knowledge sharing with stakeholders

Alan Shingler

Prefabrication can have a positive impact on architecture

3 Jan 17

Let’s remain open-minded about the architectural quality modular construction can deliver

Philip Bevan

Modular homes can have design integrity

19 Dec 16

In the rush to build more homes we must ensure that offsite construction still allows for good design


Jules Bickers

The next step for regeneration

13 Dec 16

The government’s new strategy for regeneration released last week offers a useful insight for local authorities

Steve Douglas

A much needed boost for affordable housing

12 Dec 16

London is set to be the big winner of the Autumn Statement commitment to affordable homes, and the GLA’s new guidelines will help too

Sadie Morgan

Homes for humans

1 Dec 16

As we scramble to address the housing crisis and rapidly changing demographics, we must not overlook the positive difference good design can make

Paul Morrish

Why are so many homes empty when we have a housing crisis?

28 Nov 16

National Empty Homes Week is a time to reflect on the dual scandal of homelessness rates among the young and England’s 220,000 empty properties

stephen stone

The fountain of youth

18 Nov 16

One thing is clear about the skills crisis in construction: if we don’t act now, it will decimate our industry. Key to solving this challenge is investing in talent and enthusing young people

Richard McCarthy

Fast forward housebuilding

28 Oct 16

The government is putting both funding and policy in place to get new housing delivered more quickly and encourage small and specialist developers. Now it’s up to all parts of the industry to get a move on and build more homes