Sustainability

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

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Case study: Self build at scale in the capital

Case study: Self build at scale in the capital

A community group has won planning consent to create London's largest affordable self build housing scheme to date, and it has taken years of hard graft to get this far, finds Josephine Smit.

 

Case study: Passivhaus for an existing housing estate

Case study: Passivhaus for an existing housing estate

Low energy design principles have been adopted for the refurbishment of a 1960s Portsmouth housing estate, transforming living conditions for residents, writes Josephine Smit.

Analysis: Taking electricity generation local

Analysis: Taking electricity generation local

Renewable technologies allow electricity to be generated locally, offering opportunities to bring local benefits, but systems and regulations have yet to keep pace, Josephine Smit finds.

Analysis: How smart do you go?

Analysis: How smart do you go?

Global innovators are creating ultra-sustainable and smart communities, while the UK's new housing estates show relatively few signs of technological revolution, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: A disruptive approach to housebuilding

Case study: A disruptive approach to housebuilding

An initiative in Bristol is demonstrating a citizen-led approach to delivering homes, but funders have yet to catch up with this kind of disruptive innovation, finds Josephine Smit.

Need to know: Google sister company launches Toronto smart city deal

Need to know: Google sister company launches Toronto smart city deal

Sidewalk Labs and Toronto Waterfront have launched their Sidewalk Toronto collaboration, which plans to take on urban challenges with a new model community.

Need to know: George Clarke launches housing innovation drive

Need to know: George Clarke launches housing innovation drive

The television architect has teamed up with a university in the north east to develop advanced skills for future housebuilding.

Review: Energy efficient city centre homes

Review: Energy efficient city centre homes

Norwich City Council's Goldsmith Street scheme aspires to Passivhaus principles while providing family homes at quite high density, finds Aimee Fowler.

Advice: Designing energy efficient housing

Advice: Designing energy efficient housing

Good design of energy efficient housing on large schemes starts with site layout and extends to the individual home, finds Ben Kochan.

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