Sustainability Focus

  • The Crystal

    Case study: Siemens Crystal


    Royal Victoria Dock plays home to a new exhibition venue with sustainability at its heart, the Siemens Crystal

  • Whole life costs

    Whole-life carbon: New-build schools


    Through the careful specification of timber it is possible to reduce the whole-life carbon footprint of a school by over 15%

  • Gardens by the bay

    Gardens by the Bay, Singapore


    How Wilkinson Eyre found a sustainable way of cooling two vast glass conservatories in one of the hottest climates on Earth

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability: The energy bill


    Phil Birch and Adam Mactavish of Sweett Group summarise some of the key elements in the draft bill to reform the electricity supply market, and consider the implications for commercial property

  • Aldgate House

    Whole-life carbon: Prestige offices


    Using the example of a building in the City of London, Gareth Roberts of Sturgis Carbon Profiling explains how new European standards for whole-life carbon assessment can make big savings

  • Wind turbine

    Offshore wind farms: Winds of change


    Tidal turbine technology is changing fast and offshore wind turbines are getting bigger, so the government-backed firm Narec is investing £80m into its testing facilities to simulate the harsh conditions at sea. Thomas Lane explains

  • Careers Sustainability

    Careers in sustainability: Pioneers of the eco economy


    Behind initiatives such as the London 2012 legacy and the Regeneration Project lies a fundamental rethinking of the way that society and economic systems need to work. And that’s going to need an entirely re-skilled construction industry

  • Special report

    Special report: M&E in retail


    With seven of last year’s top 10 BREEAM-rated retail stores to its name and its first energy centre about to open, the John Lewis Partnership is setting the pace when it comes to carbon-free shopping

  • Economics

    Energy ratings: Rented property


    From April 2018, landlords will no longer be able to let buildings with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of below E without demonstrating that all cost-effective measures to improve energy efficiency have been implemented. Adam Mactavish and Richard Quartermaine of Sweett Group and Charles Woollam of SIAM examine the ...

  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers More London HQ achieved BREEAM Excellent

    Energy-efficient buildings – too clever by half?


    A survey for Building’s Sustainability White Paper suggests that occupants find new buildings only marginally more efficient than older ones. Are their elaborate energy-slashing systems just too complicated to operate?