Sustainability

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

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Need to know: Bristol signs up new homes for city heat network

Need to know: Bristol signs up new homes for city heat network

High-rise scheme of 375 homes will be first private development linked to Bristol City Council's heat network.

 

Advice: Using offsite construction methods for new housing

Advice: Using offsite construction methods for new housing

Offsite approaches can produce high quality and environmentally efficient homes, but it's important to ensure the system allows the flexibility to deliver good design quality too, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: A new eco-district for the city

Case study: A new eco-district for the city

In Leeds' South Bank regeneration area, an emerging development is promoting a sustainable form of city living.

Analysis: Building and biodiversity

Analysis: Building and biodiversity

Nature is often seen as a constraint on construction, but proposals to require development to deliver a biodiversity net gain seek to change that, Josephine Smit finds.

Advice: Addressing overheating risk in new housing

Advice: Addressing overheating risk in new housing

Home design needs to take account of the risks of overheating as climate change means hotter summers and insulation levels have been maximised, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Holding a festival to innovate in housing

Case study: Holding a festival to innovate in housing

The Bristol Housing Festival is a five year experiment involving city players and general public to find solutions to the housing crisis, finds Josephine Smit.

Advice: Encouraging sustainable travel choices in new housing

Advice: Encouraging sustainable travel choices in new housing

Sustainable travel plans are increasingly required as part of planning applications for major housing schemes, but residents also need to be encouraged to use buses, walk or cycle, finds Ben Kochan.

Analysis: Feeling the heat

Analysis: Feeling the heat

The Environmental Audit Committee is the latest body to call on government to act to tackle overheating in UK homes, writes Josephine Smit.

Advice: Securing low carbon design and energy performance in new housing

Advice: Securing low carbon design and energy performance in new housing

Councils can set challenging targets for the environmental performance of new homes, but it is important to follow through to see they are delivered, writes Ben Kochan.

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