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


Nigel Wilson

Housing association frameworks: One size doesn’t fit all

15 Aug 17

For big housing associations, one framework, open to all contractors and consultants, is not specific enough to meet demand


Why we must transform

14 Aug 17

Construction must change its ways. The government may at last be listening to our concerns, but if the sector does not innovate and attract a new breed of young workers, then it is in serious trouble

Noble Francis

CPA/Barbour ABI Index: Shifting momentum

27 Jul 17

Activity on site has slowed compared with the first quarter, while the election result has provided no assistance


Steve Douglas

Grenfell review must be considered and fearless

20 Jul 17

Politicians and professionals must be responsible and forensic in seeking the truth


A long, hard look

5 Jul 17

The Grenfell Tower tragedy has put social housing in the spotlight - and while the government certainly has urgent questions to answer, the construction industry should also be looking to its own policies and standards

Earle Arney

London needs a housing reset

4 Jul 17

The private rental sector could help the government tackle the housing crisis in the capital

Chloe McCulloch

Fire tests: Cause for alarm

29 Jun 17

It’s possible that combustible materials used in the cladding for Grenfell Tower and others complied with building regulations, in which case we are looking at a catastrophic failure of the system


Grenfell Tower: A fatal failure

22 Jun 17

The onus is on all of us to ensure a tragedy like the deadly blaze at Grenfell Tower never happens again

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