Sustainability

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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.

Need to know: UK must trial low carbon options for home heating

Need to know: UK must trial low carbon options for home heating

First national infrastructure assessment highlights need for community level trials of hydrogen and heat pumps within three years.

Advice: Planning and designing housing settlements to manage flood risk

Advice: Planning and designing housing settlements to manage flood risk

Sustainable housing development can be practical in areas subject to flood risk, but a strategic approach and careful design are needed, finds Ben Kochan.

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.

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