Sustainability Focus – Page 15

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    Solar heating

    2008-07-18T00:00:00Z

    Baxi has worked with Bellway Homes to comply with a late amendment to planning permission for a site of 286 apartments in Fenney Stratford, Buckinghamshire

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    Mixed-mode cooling

    2008-07-18T00:00:00Z

    Passivent has developed a mixed-mode cooling system to help reduce energy use

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    What it costs: Thermal insulation

    2008-07-18T00:00:00Z

    Insulation is an effective way to help meet Building Regulations targets on carbon emission reduction. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans examines the effectiveness of different materials

  • Rochester Temporary Custodial facility
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    Rochester prison reuses materials for new road

    2008-07-10T16:22:00Z

    Wates uses materials from demolished buildings to construct car park and on-site roads

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    København cool: Socially sustainable Danish architecture

    2008-06-20T00:00:00Z

    Danish architecture’s love of light and openness encourages a high level of spatial and social interaction. To mark Architecture Week, Martin Spring looks at four developments that typify the city’s fresh approach to sustainability

  • The panels being fixed in position
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    Off-site manufacture: Beam me up, Scotty

    2008-06-20T00:00:00Z

    Erecting a straw-bale school building in three days may sound like a frontier too far, but an innovative off-site manufacturing system using timber panels brought dramatic savings in time. Alex Smith reports

  • Bovigo school’s early learning centre, with its secoya cladding and lime render, was no more expensive to build than a conventional structure, but has much higher specifications
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    Modular straw panels

    2008-06-20T00:00:00Z

    Architect Martin Penk explains why the straw bale modular system was the right solution for Bosvigo school’s early years facility

  • Eurban’s solid timber panels are made in Germany from wood waste
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    The alternatives: Modular systems

    2008-06-20T00:00:00Z

    Three more options for fast-track sustainable modular construction

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    Off-site low carbon technologies

    2008-06-20T00:00:00Z

    Kingspan Off-Site has launched a collection of low-carbon technologies originally specified on the Kingspan Lighthouse, the first house to reach level six of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

  • The buildings feature a range of facade treatments to give the scheme variety, link it back to the surrounding area and provide solar shading
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    The secret square: Bennetts Associates’ New Street Square

    2008-06-06T00:00:00Z

    It is reached through narrow medieval-style passageways, but could be a blueprint for a sustainable 21st-century City of London

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    Esha: Bitumen does its bit

    2008-06-06T00:00:00Z

    Esha is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of bitumen products for the construction and civil engineering sector, with ranges running from roofing membranes to waterproofing systems for canals. The company was established more than 75 years ago, and in 2005 became part of the Icopal Group. Here, we take a ...

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    A new face for BREEAM

    2008-06-06T00:00:00Z

    An interview with new BREEAM boss Martin Townsend and a detailed run-through the changes that have been made to the sustainable standard

  • This £1.3m surgery in Swaffham, Norfolk, is the kind of project that will now be assessed under BREEAM Healthcare.
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    Doctors’ orders

    2008-06-06T00:00:00Z

    For the developers of its hospitals and surgeries, the Department of Health has prescribed a good dose of BREEAM to keep it fit for the future

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    Bowller: Get the thermals out

    2008-06-06T00:00:00Z

    The Bowller Group was established over 20 years ago and now employs 57 people across six sites in the south of England, reaching from Cambridge to Reading. As well as its specialist contracting division, the firm also includes Bowller Environmental Systems, which specialises in the installation of solar energy ...

  • Leading light: the Welsh Assembly Government is setting standards with its Merthyr Tydfil office
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    Best of BREEAM

    2008-06-06T00:00:00Z

    As BREEAM sets forth across the world, assessors have been kept busy at home – and increasingly in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

  • Fagerhult’s range includes the Loop Light
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    Sweden's leading light

    2008-05-23T00:00:00Z

    Lighting has a critical role to play in the sustainability of our buildings. One Swedish firm, though, hasn’t forgotten the aesthetic side …

  • Peter Caplehorn at the Wolseley showroom
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    Product placement: Wolseley Sustainable Building Center

    2008-05-16T00:00:00Z

    Wolseley has decided that the best way to market its sustainable products is to build a showroom out of them. But how well does the idea stand up?

  • Wayne Hemingway
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    Wayne Hemingway on eco-towns: Ready to rumble

    2008-05-09T00:00:00Z

    The shortlist for England’s 10 eco-towns is out but now the real contest begins. With the winners due to be announced by the end of the year we brought eco-town supporter Wayne Hemingway and eco-town protester Myles Pollock together to slug it out. Emily Wright referees. Portraits by Julian Anderson ...

  • A sophisticated new curtain wall comes with larger windows and better proportions.
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    Rotunda redux

    2008-05-09T00:00:00Z

    Glenn Howells used advanced technology to convert a famous Birmingham landmark into flats – and secure a piece of modern heritage in the process

  • Rob Hopkins
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    Rob Hopkins: Eco Worrier

    2008-05-02T00:00:00Z

    The era of cheap oil is over and our economic system is doomed, believes environmentalist Rob Hopkins. So is he gloomy? Not a bit of it. It’s such a tremendous opportunity.