Sustainability Focus – Page 13

  • 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…

  • Tuscan Foundry Products has launched an enhanced version of its Lumen Rooflight
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    Rooflights

    2009-01-16T00:00:00Z

    Tuscan Foundry Products has launched an enhanced version of its Lumen Rooflight

  • Sheep vs Grass
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    Sheep vs grass: The best and the worst eco-ideas

    2009-01-16T00:00:00Z

    With all great movements come fresh ways of thinking – some good, some, frankly, not so good. Roxane McMeeken asked five sustainability experts to name their favourite green ideas and those that they would send straight to the recycling plant

  • Defra’s offices in Alnwick
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    Big ambitions: Defra's Alnwick HQ

    2009-01-16T00:00:00Z

    When designers began working on Defra’s offices in Alnwick, they thought a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating an exciting enough challenge. But then BRE went and introduced ‘outstanding’…

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    What it costs: Pervious paving

    2008-12-05T00:00:00Z

    Sustainable urban drainage systems are a must for school and hospital developments. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans gives the whole-life costs of one solution

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    Airtight schools

    2008-12-05T00:00:00Z

    Insulation from Saint-Gobain Isover has been used in the first timber-frame school to be built for Powys council

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    LED lighting

    2008-12-05T00:00:00Z

    Lighting designer and supplier Havells Sylvania has added to its Concord portfolio with the launch of Planate – a range of slim modular LED panels designed to provide a high-quality alternative to fluorescent lighting solutions

  • Where the school has an atrium, the E-stack units can vent directly into the space, reducing the cost of installing roof terminal units
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    Natural ventilation: Second wind

    2008-12-05T00:00:00Z

    A Cambridge university research team decided traditional natural ventilation strategies were just not up to scratch and came up with a new approach. Stephen Kennett reports

  • Crest Nicholson’s Stephen Stone (right) accepts his housebuilder’s award from Brian Dolan of Saint-Gobain
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    Building Sustainability Awards 2008: Who's the greenest of them all?

    2008-11-28T00:00:00Z

    The 2008 Sustainability Awards reminded us that all the eco-problems we used to worry about are still there. As are the firms that are helping to solve them …

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    Natural ventilation

    2008-11-21T00:00:00Z

    Four Passivent Aircool window ventilators have been installed as part of the £1m upgrade of Hornchurch library in east London

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    Formaldehyde-free insulation

    2008-11-21T00:00:00Z

    Knauf Insulation has launched a new mineral wool insulation incorporating ECOSE Technology, which, it claims, has less embodied energy than existing mineral wool products

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    Foam insulation boards

    2008-11-21T00:00:00Z

    Dow Building Solutions has introduced Floormate 300-A to the UK. The blue extruded polystyrene foam insulation board is designed for use in floors, in applications ranging from residential to commercial buildings.

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    Water-saving basin tap

    2008-11-21T00:00:00Z

    Douglas Delabie has developed the TempoStop basin tap, which has been designed to use only four litres of water per minute.

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    Recycled plastic

    2008-11-21T00:00:00Z

    I-plas has launched what it says is a direct replacement for concrete, steel and wood.

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    Wood and cement blocks

    2008-11-21T00:00:00Z

    A wall form system of interlocking recycled wood and cement blocks from Durisol has been specified by Atlantic Developments for a new apartment scheme in the coastal town of Ilfracombe.

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    Roof insulation

    2008-11-21T00:00:00Z

    Web Dynamics has launched TLX Gold, an all-in-one vapour permeable multi-foil insulation and heavy-duty breather membrane, which, says the company, is an efficient and effective insulation solution for roofs and loft conversions that does not eat into living space

  • Tools of the trade
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    Soft option: free technology tools to help firms with the waste management task at hand

    2008-11-14T15:32:00Z

    By joining the drive to halve waste sent to landfill, construction companies have committed themselves to improving their waste management. here are two free software tools that can help firms get to grips with the challenge

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    Bank with a plan: Lessons to be learnt from HSBC's experience of waste management

    2008-11-14T15:21:00Z

    It is still early days for site waste management plans – swmps – but efforts by banking giant HSBC are providing some valuable lessons

  • John Lewis stores: under construction in Liverpool
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    Counter pressure: How some big name retailers are driving waste management measures

    2008-11-14T14:49:00Z

    Charging for carrier bags is by no means the only contribution retailers are making to waste reduction. As major clients to the construction industry, they are helping drive improvements in waste management too