Sustainability Focus – Page 17

  • The ground source heat pump is sized to meet 50% of the energy needs of Urban Splash’s Lake Shore House in Bristol
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    Sustainability: Heat pumps

    2008-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Can the technology that powers the humble fridge contribute to reducing carbon emissions in a cost-effective way? Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon looks at what heat pumps can, and cannot, offer a future development

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    Global PV Production up 50%

    2008-01-03T10:57:00Z

    With solar energy usage on the increase globally, it's predicted a third of all new electricity production installed each year will be PV by 2015

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    The nut cracker

    2007-11-30T00:00:00Z

    Gary Lawrence, Arup’s urban strategy leader, has advised Bill Clinton on climate change and turned Seattle green. Now he’s taking on the world’s first eco-city project in Dongtan, China. He tells Olivia Boyd about his approach to sustainability – and explains why it begins by hitting moles over the head ...

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    With knobs on: Barratt's energy-saving technologies measured

    2007-11-30T00:00:00Z

    These houses have had all manner of wonderful energy-saving technologies fitted to them by housebuilder Barratt. But are they any good and are they worth spending money on? Barratt asked researchers at Manchester university to find out …

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    The new waste minimisation guide explained

    2007-11-16T00:00:00Z

    Recycling advisory group Wrap has released a guide on using materials from demolished buildings to build those repalcing them. Its head of waste minimisation talks us through the new document

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    Eco-towns analysed

    2007-11-16T00:00:00Z

    News analysis: Brown’s Big Idea on becoming prime minister was to build 10 towns on 10 new sites. But it seems developers are using the eco-towns to add spoilers, fog lamps and go-faster stripes to schemes that have already been rejected.

  • Sweden’s green utopia
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    Sweden's green utopia

    2007-10-05T00:00:00Z

    This new Stockholm suburb demonstrates how simple, robust, centralised systems can outperform flashy designs bristling with turbines. But can it work as a model for Gordon Brown’s eco-towns?

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    What it costs: CHP (combined heat and power systems)

    2007-08-03T00:00:00Z

    Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans looks at the cost and environmental dividends from combined heat and power systems. With Combined heat and power (CHP) or co-generation systems, heat that might be lost as a by-product of electricity generation is captured for space and water heating. Locally supplied electricity incur lower ...

  • The York building contains 18% recycled materials
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    Follow the team leader

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Building users are getting used to recycling their waste, but what about the people who construct it? British land is one client that knows the benefits from meeting sustainability targets and feels a responsibility to take a lead

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    Better by design

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Designing out waste at the very start saves time and money, and it’s green

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    Stay ahead of the rules and regs

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Construction might be ahead of the game, but with waste mired in a legal minefield, make sure you know what your obligations are By Joe Griffiths, a partner in Manches

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    Behind the wall

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Her majesty’s prisons are already great at recycling. now they’re setting ambitious targets on waste reduction and building materials

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    The right tool for the job

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    How many recycled products have you specified on that project? how could you use more? wrap’s recycled content toolkit can tell you. Here, three users explain how it works

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    A look inside Terminal 5

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Progressive waste management at The largest construction site in europe could make a huge dent in the industry’s waste footprint. was the opportunity missed at T5, or did it blaze a trail?

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    Dazzling achievement

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Martin Spring heads to the Wirral to see how Wallasey’s pioneering solar school is holding up, 46 years after it was built. Then, on page 50, find out how the 21st century does solar in the first of a series on renewable technologies

  • Nigel Lawson
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    Conversation with a heretic

    2007-06-01T00:00:00Z

    Nigel Lawson thinks Britain’s attempts to stop the world getting warmer are bound to fail and will wreck our economy in the process. It would be much better to spend the money and effort adapting to the inevitable.

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    What it costs: Rainwater drainage

    2007-06-01T00:00:00Z

    Keeping rainwater off roofs and away from buildings is essential to avoid inevitable damage and exorbitant repair costs. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans considers the costs and options for eaves gutters and rainwater downpipes

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    Fibre optic solar lighting

    2007-04-20T00:00:00Z

    Swedish company Parans is introducing the Parans System to the UK. The system enables natural sunlight to be piped deep into buildings in thin, flexible fibre-optic cables. Unlike traditional sun pipes, which take up space and usually have to be installed during construction or disruptively later, the Parans System’s optical ...

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    Ecoterre earth brick

    2007-04-20T00:00:00Z

    Ibstock Brick has launched the Ecoterre Earth, an unfired clay brick designed for use in internal party walls.

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    District heating system

    2007-04-20T00:00:00Z

    Heat exchanger specialist Alfa Laval has introduced a district heating substation to provide and regulate heating and hot water for single-family homes.