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

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GreenSquareAccord apartments

Case study: Reducing the use of plastic in housebuilding

When GreenSquareAccord set out to eliminate plastics as far as possible from its new apartment development in Redditch, it found the process far from easy, reports Josephine Smit.


Ananya Banerjee, Boyer

Opinion: Community hubs are a route to more sustainable neighbourhoods

Incubator spaces and hubs are fast becoming central to community planning as enlightened landowners and other players recognise their value, writes Ananya Banerjee.

Chris Brown

Opinion: Counting the carbon cost of business as usual

Researchers have found new and existing homes in England will use up more than the country's entire carbon budget by 2050, if we continue business as usual, writes Chris Brown.

Glasgow Avenues

Advice: Cooling towns and cities

As heatwaves like those of 2022 become more frequent, it becomes increasingly important to plan and design for natural ventilation and provide cool spaces, writes Ben Kochan.

Ashley Road Levitt Bernstein

Coming up: Ultra-energy efficient homes on way in north London

Haringey Council targets Passivhaus standard for 272-home development in Tottenham Hale.


Analysis: When the climate crisis and the energy crisis hit home

While the cost of energy to heat and cool UK homes soars, progress in driving energy-efficient retrofit and adaptation of homes to our changing climate has been slow, writes Josephine Smit.

Chris Brown

Opinion: Adapt places and buildings for the climate damage that's now inevitable

Our combined response to the climate emergency is too little, too late to prevent serious negative impacts, so we need to be working on adaptation, writes Chris Brown.

Alexis Haass Arcadis

Opinion: We need better data about the performance of cities to drive climate action

Cities have a key part to play in combatting climate change and data can help highlight their individual challenges and provide the catalyst for tackling them, writes Alexis Haass.

Eddington Cambridge

Advice: Creating water-efficient housing development

With increasing water shortages, planners need to negotiate for developers of new housing to install water-efficient appliances and rainwater harvesting systems, finds Ben Kochan.

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