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


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

Al Watson

Marks out of 10 for the housing white paper

9 Feb 17

A quick scorecard of the best and worst bits of the government’s much awaited housing policy


Steve Douglas

Housing white paper: Strategy needs delivery

7 Feb 17

The housing white paper represents a big policy shift and contains some bold ideas, but it is just a set of principles until it is delivered

Simon Saint

Housing white paper: Rental failure

7 Feb 17

The housing white paper gave a boost to build to rent but the government could have gone further

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