Sustainability Focus – Page 9

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    Zero carbon housing using underfloor thermal heat stores

    2011-10-14T00:00:00Z

    When you’ve got houses and flats on a tiny plot, no room to store fuel and little roof space, finding a zero-carbon heating solution is tricky. One team went underground to find the answer

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    Sustainability: Building structures

    2011-10-07T00:00:00Z

    In-use energy consumption is well regulated, so should we now consider embodied carbon? Isabel McAllister and Anthony Mitchell of Cyril Sweett, Steve Webb and Anna Beckett of Webb Yates report

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    Party conference season: Rate my policy

    2011-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Party conference season is upon us and this year the agenda is more relevant to construction than ever. Building looks at the likely policies to emerge and invites you to keep tally of their impact on the industry

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    Triple glazing: Clear technology

    2011-09-02T00:00:00Z

    Triple glazing is no longer the preserve of environmental zealots, it has become a practical and accessible way to reduce energy loss in buildings and hit environmental targets. Building guides you through the market and latest developments

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    The iCon centre: the beginning of something beautiful

    2011-08-26T00:00:00Z

    These days, ’green building’ is often synonymous with ’ugly architecture’. One project trying to prove otherwise is the iCon Innovation Centre in Northamptonshire. With a carbon footprint of only 12.2kg/m 2 and a bold architectural identity, is this a sign of a new era for eco?

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    Top of the class: Passivhaus school design

    2011-08-12T00:00:00Z

    A primary school in Exeter won’t win any architectural awards, but is earning gold stars in zero-carbon and Passivhaus design. Thomas Lane swots up on how to deliver a low-energy building on a budget

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    Brettstapel envelope: The natural choice

    2011-08-12T00:00:00Z

    Getting planning permission to build a house in the stunning Scottish Borders requires a sensitive design, which is why architect Gaia specified a wooden Brettstapel envelope for this project

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    Post occupancy: Is your green makeover really so green?

    2011-08-05T00:00:00Z

    Do low energy buildings really deliver results? Last month, Thomas Lane found two new-build offices that failed to live up to all their green credentials. Here, he reveals if two refurbished offices performed any better

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    Sustainability: From start to finish

    2011-07-22T00:00:00Z

    Sustainability means more than how a finished building performs - how the materials start and end their lives is increasingly important. Building looks at the challenges faced when trying to go green and how three sectors are adapting

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    Sustainability in Brazil: For the trees

    2011-07-15T00:00:00Z

    Brazil is famous for sustainability: a lack of it. But a new wave of green legislation and client requirements is creating demand for skills local contractors don’t have - and UK specialists are first in line for the work. Luke McLeod-Roberts reports in the second of our special features on ...

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    10 ways to make your office outstanding (in BREEAM’s eyes, at least)

    2011-07-15T00:00:00Z

    These days the corporate world is falling over itself to improve its environmental credentials. Thomas Lane takes a look at the newest, greenest, office building on the block and finds out how your office can be ’outstanding’ too

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    Case studies: houses built to 2016 zero-carbon standards

    2011-07-08T00:00:00Z

    The government’s recent announcement that ’zero-carbon homes’ need not include appliances will allow future green housing to ditch peculiar solar panel-toting designs to resemble, well, normal houses. Building tours some schemes that fit the bill

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    Sustainability: In-use energy performance

    2011-06-17T00:00:00Z

    Clients commission buildings expecting cut-price energy bills once they move in, but too often they are disappointed. Our expert from Cyril Sweett explains how ’Soft Landings’ can provide greater certainty

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    Tesco's green specification process: Every little helps

    2011-06-03T00:00:00Z

    Supermarkets don’t like to be beaten on price - or on their environmental credentials. To get ahead of the competition, Tesco is now testing every bit of green kit it can lay its hands on to build zero-carbon stores. Building reports on the savings

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    Which domestic renewables incentive is best?

    2011-04-15T00:00:00Z

    Adam Mactavish of Cyril Sweett provides a brief review of the incentive schemes for domestic renewables

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    Rebuilding Iraq: Mott MacDonald's Marsh Arab school

    2011-04-01T00:00:00Z

    How do you start to rebuild a country devasted by war? When Mott MacDonald was asked to make a school for the Marsh Arabs, it went back to using traditional woven reed – reconnecting the community to its roots.

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    Why the Green Deal won't work for non-domestic buildings

    2011-04-01T00:00:00Z

    The government’s Green Deal promises to revolutionise the UK’s energy efficiency. But can it deliver financial savings? Richard Quartermaine of Cyril Sweett investigated the payback implications of four non-domestic buildings, and the results are not encouraging …

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    Sustainability: The power to persuade

    2011-03-25T00:00:00Z

    Our industry now has a plethora of initiatives to encourage us to build sustainably, either through sanctions or incentives. Has the government has got the balance right?

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    Greg Barker interview: 'We've got to transform the built environment'

    2011-03-25T00:00:00Z

    Minister for climate change is nothing if not ambitious. He’s pushing through the government’s Green Deal to retrofit Britain’s 26 million homes. Fine idea, of course, but will it actually work?

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    Passivhaus diaries: Keeping it all in

    2011-03-04T00:00:00Z

    It’s taken longer than expected to turn a leaky Edwardian house into an exemplar of energy efficiency. Now it’s finished project architect reports on the exterior insulation, finishing off and how the house is performing