Sustainability Focus – Page 3

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    Building Award Winners: The Test of Time


    These projects employed bold design features that have seen the finished articles flourish, particularly when it comes to meeting their ambitious sustainability targets

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    Sustainability: Energy standards


    The new energy efficiency regulations for private rented property may have major repercussions for landlords. Here we examine the key changes made since last year’s public consultation

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    Ecobuild seminar highlights: Look who’s talking


    Ecobuild’s seminar and conference programmes will feature more than 400 speakers from industry, government and beyond. Here, some of these experts give a sneak preview of their key messages

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    Power in the Union


    It seems increasingly possible that the UK will vote to leave the EU in 2017. For many sustainability professionals, this would be a nightmare scenario

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    The Green Frontier


    All fields of sustainability will once again be covered at this year’s Ecobuild, from design and construction through to use of innovative materials. Andrew Brister talks to two of the show’s premier partners, Skanska and Lend Lease, about their approaches to the sustainability agenda.

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    50 sustainability stars 2015: Great expectations


    On the eve of this year’s Ecobuild event, Building asks the cream of construction’s young sustainability talent how they think this government has done on the environment - and what they’re hoping for from the next one

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    Behind the hype: Sustainable new homes


    New research is casting further doubt on long-held claims that a new-build property is necessarily cheaper to run than a refurbished Victorian home

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    Can tall buildings ever be sustainable?


    With debate still raging over the 230 towers lined up to make the London skyline look more like Hong Kong’s, Ike Ijeh looks at whether tall buildings can ever be sustainable

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    Ecobuild 2015 programme preview


    From an election manifesto for construction to the latest in biophilic design, there is something for all tastes at Ecobuild. Andrew Brister picks out some of the highlights

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    Get happy: Wellbeing in buildings


    There is a strong body of evidence of the tangible ways that building design can improve wellbeing. Now an increasing number of major clients are realising that this is not just good for employees’ health - it’s good for business

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    Sustainability: Thinner insulation


    High-performance insulation materials enable much thinner profiIes to be used than their counterpart products. Sweett Group investigates if the benefits from the use of these thinner insulation materials outweigh the costs

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    Interview: Paul King


    Outgoing head of the UK Green Building Council Paul King sees an industry in large part willing to deliver the government’s green agenda. Unfortunately, the government itself has so badly undermined its own policies, the sector is no longer sure what that agenda is any more

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    A sustainable future


    Is implementing green policies a must for the future, or an unnecessary cost in an industry just back from the brink of recession? Four corners of the sector have their say

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    Sustainability: BREEAM in new offices


    Sweett Group looks at the costs of achieving different ratings under the BREEAM 2014 certification for new offices

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    Making waves: Plymouth Marine Laboratory


    Moving-floor technology may seem the stuff of fictional super-villain lairs, but the leading hydrodynamics laboratory at Plymouth University has employed the technology to support one of the largest energy wave test sites in the world

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    Zero Carbon Hub report: Performance gap in new homes


    The ‘performance gap’ between the design of new homes and their as-built energy use can no longer be ignored. And according to the Zero Carbon Hub, the only answer is to fundamentally shake up the way that the industry works

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    The rise of cross-laminated timber


    Cross-laminated timber is fast establishing itself as a quicker, greener alternative to concrete or steel structural frames. With the market growing threefold in the past two years, is it time to consider it a genuine rival to the big two?

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    The recyclable house


    Technology used to build the world’s largest McDonald’s is being adapted to build temporary, highly flexible, 100% recyclable housing in Holland. Could the model be brought here to solve the UK’s affordable housing crisis?

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    Sustainability: Minimum energy performance standards for commercial buildings


    From April 2018, all rented properties must meet a prescribed minimum energy performance standard. Adam Mactavish of Sweett Group, Charles Woollam of SIAM and Sarah Sayce, emeritus professor of Kingston University, discuss the implications

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    What's been the impact of the Green Construction Board?


    As the Green Construction Board marks its second birthday, not everyone has found reasons to celebrate. But the board’s defenders point to impressive delivery of a 162-point action plan. Now it needs to convince others it can make a difference