Sustainability Focus – Page 16

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    Reducing heat loads: Testing the water at the University of Cambridge

    2008-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Sustainability and innovation - When the architectural department at the University of Cambridge demanded a sustainable, lightweight building for its students, the designers had to overcome the problem of overheating

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    What it costs: BREEAM – how to get good grades

    2008-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Many schools must now have a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating to meet regulations. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans outlines the ways to get credits and the associated costs

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    Solar thermal heating

    2008-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Evinox has supplied a renewable energy solution for the rhinos at Whipsnade zoo. Hot water for the rhinos’ showers, the heating of their pool and the heating of the air-handling unit for their enclosure is being generated by a vacuum tube solar thermal system.

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    Timed flow taps

    2008-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Temposoft is a range of easy-to-operate, “soft-touch”, timed-flow push basin taps and mixers from Douglas Delabie.

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    Cork wall coverings

    2008-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Urbane Living has expanded its range of eco wallpaper to include the texture of cork.

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    Smart metering

    2008-04-25T00:00:00Z

    PRI has launched the Scroller XP, a device for displaying on the computer screens of office staff the amount of electricity being used by an organisation.

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    Hardwood substitutes

    2008-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Against a background of dwindling tropical forests, Vecowood has been developed as an alternative to hardwoods. The timber is formed from fast-growing plantation timber and uses the Veco organic wood modification process that changes the characteristics of plantation timber to mimic those of hardwood. In the process, a non-toxic, water-based ...

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    Recyclable roofing

    2008-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Corus has launched Colorcoat Urban, a roofing product that is suitable for refurbishment projects that the company says is 100% recyclable, inherently airtight and, being lightweight, easy to handle on site. Colorcoat Urban has passed stringent testing to BS 6920 Suitability of Non-metallic Products for Use in Contact with Water ...

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    Peter Bonfield: The BRE's speed merchant

    2008-04-11T00:00:00Z

    Peter Bonfield is a man in a hurry, whether he’s pedalling furiously on his 36-mile round trip to work or plotting grandiose five-year plans. The question is, can BRE keep up with its energetic leader? Thomas Lane went to find out

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    Whitelee wind farm: Putting the wind up

    2008-04-11T00:00:00Z

    You might think the biggest difficulty in building a wind farm would be the wind itself, but on the moor outside Glasgow the rain, snow and liquid peat are just as bad. Thomas Lane donned his souwester to take a look at the construction of Europe’s largest onshore wind farm. ...

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    Window pains: Different ways windows can fail

    2008-04-11T00:00:00Z

    Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans analyses the different ways windows can fail and how to prevent them doing so. For a full guide to suppliers, log on to www.building.co.uk/specifier

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    Making BREEAM robust

    2008-03-14T00:00:00Z

    For too long, designers have been able to get top BREEAM ratings by adding recycling space and bike racks. Now the green assessment tool is toughening up its act with mandatory levels for energy and water use – and a new rank above ‘excellent’.

  • View from the 70th storey of the Al Mas Tower of the Sheikh Zayed Highway
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    The Middle East green building challenge

    2008-02-29T00:00:00Z

    Special report: Now that the ruler of Dubai wants the city to be at the forefront of sustainable design, how will developers respond? Katie Puckett went to the United Arab Emirates to find out if the region really can have it all. With sustainable case studies.

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    Solar shed roofing: Hello, sunshine

    2008-02-08T00:00:00Z

    Large industrial sheds are difficult and expensive to heat but a new system that turns the building into a huge solar collector can warm the inside space, cut carbon emissions and meet the demand for renewables. Stephen Kennett reports

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    I regard it as a badge of honour when people say I’m over the top about nuclear power

    2008-02-08T00:00:00Z

    INTERVIEW: Margaret Thatcher’s former press secretary, Sir Bernard Ingham, has spent much of the past 10 years lambasting the ‘mad mullahs’ of the anti-nuclear lobby and subjecting their arguments to an unrelenting barrage of ridicule. And don’t think the government’s decision to build a lot of nuclear stations is going ...

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    Cole Thompson Anders scheme gets go ahead in East London

    2008-01-31T12:44:00Z

    Architect Cole Thompson Anders selected to work on a project in Forest Gate, East London

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    Eco-friendly flooring: Down to earth

    2008-01-25T00:00:00Z

    What you see before you is not a luscious field but an eco-friendly carpet. And judging by the way the industry is heading, very soon all your flooring could be as green as grass.

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    The secret life of buildings

    2008-01-18T00:00:00Z

    We hear an awful lot about architects’ splendid low-energy designs, but information about how they actually work when built is rarer than hens’ teeth. So we should all be grateful to Simons, which not only built itself a green office, but collected a year’s data on how it functioned. ...

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    Aylesbury Vale eco-town could fund Oxford rail link

    2008-01-18T00:00:00Z

    Planned Buckinghamshire development could contribute £15m to £150m East-West railway

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    The path to power

    2008-01-18T00:00:00Z

    News analysis: The government has willed the creation of the first nuclear reactors since 1995, but to get them it needs to erect a new planning system, overcome opposition from a host of enemies – some within the construction industry – and work out a way to store toxic waste ...