Sustainability Focus – Page 12

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    Ropemaker or Watermark Place: The big square off

    2009-10-23T00:00:00Z

    Two big hitters have emerged on the streets of the City: Ropemaker in the red corner (above left), Watermark Place in the blue (above right). But which will take the sustainability title and be crowned ultimate speculative office champ?

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    Taming the beast: Winchester’s green office refurb

    2009-09-11T00:00:00Z

    This is the story of how a sixties brutalist eyesore was turned into a building more becoming to the genteel town of Winchester – and made into one of the UK’s greenest offices in the process

  • Hairy dog and bald cat
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    Complying with Part L: A question of cuts

    2009-08-07T00:00:00Z

    L is for … Some building types need to shave their carbon emissions a lot. Others, less so. Yet the regulations say they all have to improve by 25%. The last in our series on Part L examines a proposal to fix this anomaly

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    Part L: forcing historic buildings to be energy-efficient

    2009-07-24T00:00:00Z

    In the first of a three-part series on the government’s consultation on Part L, will forcing historic buildings to adopt energy efficiency improvements, such as double glazing, do more harm than good?

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    What it costs: Commercial biomass

    2009-07-17T00:00:00Z

    Biomass heating systems may cost a lot to install, but they’ll pay off in no time – assuming you choose the right system and the right fuel. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance assesses the options

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    Tellytubby land: BedZed revisited

    2009-07-03T00:00:00Z

    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?  

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    Neighbours: Lovell and Tarmac on reaching code level four or above

    2009-06-05T00:00:00Z

    The house on the left aims to meet code level four, but next door they’ve got even loftier pretensions. Stephen Kennett reports on goings-on at a site in Nottingham

  • Tradical Hemcrete from Lime Technology has been specified for use on the conversion of a 19th-century foundry into offices
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    Lime render

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Tradical Hemcrete from Lime Technology has been specified for use on the conversion of a 19th-century foundry into offices. The Baldwin Terrace scheme in Islington, north London, has been designed by Edward Cullinan Architects, which will also occupy it

  • A Passivent natural ventilation system is being used on the latest phase of the Tamar Science Park in Plymouth, Devon
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    Natural ventilation

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    A Passivent natural ventilation system is being used on the latest phase of the Tamar Science Park in Plymouth, Devon

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    What it costs: Heat pumps

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    They are amazingly efficient, but setting up a ground source heat pump may be tricky if you haven’t considered all the factors. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance gives us the lowdown

  • The main 400-seat auditorium. A similar natural ventilation strategy serves the adjacent studio theatre
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    How cool is that? Hull Truck Theatre's passive-ventilated venue

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Hull Truck Theatre’s new performance space uses a passive ventilation system that relies on a warm audience reaction – fortunately, that has never been in short supply

  • Kingspan Insulation has improved the thermal performance for most of its Kooltherm and Therma ranges
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    Thinner insulation

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Kingspan Insulation has improved the thermal performance for most of its Kooltherm and Therma ranges

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    Carpet tiles

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    InterfaceFLOR’s Straightforward range of carpet tiles has been used at EC Harris’ London headquarters in the Regent’s Quarter development in King’s Cross

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    Low-flow taps

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    To reduce water consumption, Deva has launched the Enviro-Klick cartridge, which is available with its Excel, Revelle and Eidder ranges of mono basin mixer taps

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    Stormwater control

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Marley Plumbing and Drainage has introduced the Waterloc250, a revised version of its modular cell for underground sustainable urban drainage systems

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    Blueprint for code level homes

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Tarmac is constructing two concept homes at the University of Nottingham in order to provide housebuilders and registered social landlords with a blueprint for low-cost, zero-carbon housing

  • Passivhaus isn’t just for houses – this furniture store in Erolzheim, south Germany was designed by Keck-Architekten to Passivhaus standards
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    No biomass, no turbines, no solar panels. Is Passivhaus the way to zero carbon?

    2009-02-13T00:00:00Z

    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

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    Paul King: The carbon crunch

    2009-01-16T00:00:00Z

    It’s a global crisis, and it’s getting grimmer by the day, but this one we might actually be able to do something about… Paul King explains why sustainability is still the biggest issue of 2009

  • Bishop’s Square development in Spitalfields, east London
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    Eco-terraces: Urban jungle

    2009-01-16T00:00:00Z

    Eco-terraces are the next big thing in rooftop developments – but, says Stephen Kennett, it pays to have green fingers. Where’s Alan Titchmarsh when you need him?

  • John Sauven, Greenpeace’s executive director
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    Greenpeace's John Sauven: can we be friends?

    2009-01-16T00:00:00Z

    John Sauven, Greenpeace’s executive director is a suave, pragmatic, political insider. Which means he’ll be happy to work with the industry on plans for more runways and reactors, right? Er, not exactly…