Sustainability Focus – Page 5

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    Custom build: Give us the tools

    2014-02-28T00:00:00Z

    Once trumpeted as a way of raising housing output by as many as 50,000 homes a year, custom build was responsible for barely a fifth of that figure last year. So what’s the hold-up and can anything be done to reinvigorate the market?

  • Marks & Spencer, Cheshire Oaks
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    Ecobuild 2014 preview: Now you’re talking…

    2014-02-28T00:00:00Z

    The pressures on today’s environment are many and Ecobuild is the stimulating forum in which to explore, exchange and debate the possible solutions. Ike Ijeh picks out some of the key themes at this year’s event

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    Ecobuild products: Tour the stands

    2014-02-28T00:00:00Z

    Manufacturers are being challenged to develop a range of products that meet the more stringent demands of today’s built environment. Happily, they seem to be more than up to it, as these companies, exhibiting at Ecobuild, demonstrate

  • New Karolinska Solna hospital Sweden
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    Building Sweden's New Karolinska Solna hospital

    2014-02-26T08:44:00Z

    Sweden’s first ever PPP project is a £1.3bn hospital that is also Europe’s greenest

  • Figure 2: Indicative cost above Part L1A 2010 for achieving the Zero Carbon Standard for a semi detached / end terrace house via different scenarios
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    Sustainability: Zero carbon costs

    2014-02-07T00:01:00Z

    The cost to housebuilders of meeting the Zero Carbon Standard for new homes continues to fall. Here, Adam Mactavish of Sweett Group and Nicola O’Connor of Zero Carbon Hub present the key findings of the Zero Carbon Hub’s recent cost analysis of the proposed standard

  • Forest copyright Alamy
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    A case for biodiversity offsetting?

    2014-02-04T09:51:00Z

    Biodiversity offsetting is the government’s answer to the conundrum of how to speed up development while safeguarding the country’s woodland and other environmental habitats. The idea has come under fire from all sides - but also enjoyed some unexpected support

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    Green Deal: One year on

    2014-01-28T16:51:00Z

    The Green Deal is one year old this week but the celebrations are, to put it mildly, subdued. We look back on a year of disappointments for the energy efficiency retrofit market

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    Center Parcs: The place beyond the pines

    2014-01-08T08:12:00Z

    Center Parcs’ £250m resort will cater for 4,000 visitors in a forest in the green belt just outside Milton Keynes. So how do you build a self-sufficient small town in the middle of a wood? And get permission to do it?

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    Energy efficient products

    2013-12-11T06:00:00Z

    Keep the Building Regulations people happy with our choice of the latest building products on the market, from energy efficient wall and loft insulation to low powered ventilation fans

  • PWC
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    PwC's London office: Highest BREEAM-rated building ever

    2013-12-06T06:00:00Z

    When PwC decided to refurbish its unloved central London office, it thought it would be doing well to achieve a BREEAM “excellent” rating. Then it realised it could do rather better than that …

  • miller homes
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    Top sustainable housebuilders: NextGeneration Initiative

    2013-12-05T06:00:00Z

    The latest league table from the NextGeneration Initiative reveals mixed results for housebuilders on their sustainability targets this year

  • WWF
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    WWF HQ: 'Stringent is an understatement'

    2013-10-31T11:46:00Z

    At the World Wildlife Fund’s new HQ in Surrey, Willmott Dixon has taken sustainable construction to new levels of rigour, forensically tracking the carbon content of every single element, and even building an FSC-certified workshop on site. So has the result been worth it?

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    Fuel wars: Review of green charges

    2013-10-31T06:00:00Z

    The prime minister surprised everyone last week when he announced his desire to ‘roll back’ green charges on energy bills. So where does this leave the government’s energy efficiency policies?

  • Solar panels
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    'The Treasury still have a completely outdated view of sustainability'

    2013-10-25T06:00:00Z

    How should the government kick-start its stuttering sustainability policy? Building, Ecobuild and the UKGBC held three roundtables at three party conferences - and three common themes emerged

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    Sustainable housing products

    2013-10-11T00:00:00Z

    We appraise the best products for building energy-efficient homes, from insulated steel lintels to external wall insulation that’s fit for seaside locations

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    Sustainability: Green hotels

    2013-10-10T06:00:00Z

    How green is your hotel? Azita Dezfouli and Adam Mactavish of Sweett Group look at the practical steps for reducing the environmental impact of hotels during design, construction and operation

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    Deal or no deal?

    2013-10-03T06:00:00Z

    The Green Deal is in trouble - but what are the alternatives? Building asked some of those at the heart of green policy where they thought the scheme was heading

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    Christchurch: Rebooting the city

    2013-09-25T06:00:00Z

    Arup’s Sensing City project in New Zealand’s Christchurch

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    Choosing low-carbon windows

    2013-09-04T09:30:00Z

    There is more to a low-carbon window choice than whether you opt for double or triple glazing

  • Bournville Village
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    Grand Tour: Breakthroughs in sustainability #3

    2013-08-15T15:00:00Z

    Bournville Village in Birmingham is chosen for the grand tour of sustainble buildings for its basis in community needs