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


Rebecca Larkin

Construction's long-term outlook

23 Mar 17

Lower real incomes are a key risk for the years ahead and have clear implications for construction


Price rises from suppliers should be challenged

15 Mar 17

Material costs are on the up but housing associations can secure better deals from the supply chain if they know how

Steve Douglas

Why was housing ignored in the Budget?

10 Mar 17

Housing didn’t get a mention on Wednesday but other government announcements show a clear direction of travel


Steve Sanham

It's not a housing supply crisis, it's an affordability crisis

7 Mar 17

The government can’t see house prices continue to rise while also delivering affordable homes, so a boost for the rental market is a neat sidestep

Paula Broadbent

Why women don't pick construction careers

6 Mar 17

Women in Construction Week should prompt us all to think about how the industry can discard outdated stereotypes

Mark Leeson

Making the private rented sector work

1 Mar 17

Successful affordable rented schemes are ones that allow communities to grow, and to do that we need to listen to tenants’ needs

Michael Dall

Housing is a numbers game we are not winning

24 Feb 17

Private housebuilding is the fastest growing sector in construction but major investment is needed to solve the housing crisis

Andrew Jones

Local authorities now have a central role in housing delivery

20 Feb 17

Giving councils more CPO powers will help, but the housing white paper did not outline the resources they will need to deliver more homes

Chloe McCulloch

The results are in

10 Feb 17

Our exclusive survey shows the industry would prefer a ‘soft Brexit’ with as little disruption to the status quo as possible