Sustainability

The environmental impact and sustainability of new places and developments, including energy efficiency, carbon reduction and greening..

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Advice: Providing for buses in city centres

Advice: Providing for buses in city centres

Bus services can be successfully integrated into town and city centres. Ben Kochan finds out how.

 

Need to know: Government backs offsite and garden villages

Need to know: Government backs offsite and garden villages

The new year has started with government announcements for its accelerated construction, garden community and starter home initiatives.

Review: Environmentally friendly housing

Review: Environmentally friendly housing

The Killynure Green scheme in Belfast incorporates many environmental features in its design and layout, writes Roger Perrott.

Opinion: Driverless cars in rudderless cities?

Opinion: Driverless cars in rudderless cities?

Combining autonomous vehicles and good place-making is not going to be easy.

Analysis: Moving housebuilding into the factory

Analysis: Moving housebuilding into the factory

Government is backing modern methods of construction to help speed home delivery, but success could depend on changing perceptions of prefab and contracting culture, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: Designing homes for resilience

Case study: Designing homes for resilience

The 2016 Sunday Times British Homes Awards asked designers to create a resilient home to withstand environmental risks. Josephine Smit looks at the winning solution, by JTP and Ed Barsley.

Advice: Boosting housing supply through factory building

Advice: Boosting housing supply through factory building

Factory building can speed production of homes and offer quality benefits, but urban designers and planners need to tailor schemes for manufacture, finds Ben Kochan.

Advice: Taking account of air quality in new housing

Advice: Taking account of air quality in new housing

Planners and designers need to consider local air quality when allocating uses and designing site layouts and homes, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Developing a suburban Passivhaus typology

Case study: Developing a suburban Passivhaus typology

High environmental principles have given new affordable semis on the Isle of Wight ultra-low running costs, writes Josephine Smit.

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