Sustainability

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

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Review: Regenerating a former garrison town

Review: Regenerating a former garrison town

The first housing scheme at Whitehill & Bordon includes community facilities and employment opportunities but has yet to be fully used, finds Saffron Frost.

 

Opinion: We have to take the likelihood of climate change seriously

Opinion: We have to take the likelihood of climate change seriously

Research and record temperatures are repeatedly reminding us of how our climate is changing, and we need to take this seriously when designing new places, writes Chris Brown.

Need to know: Councils share in £11 million urban parks fund

Need to know: Councils share in £11 million urban parks fund

Eight urban areas win backing under initiative to come up with sustainable ways of managing and funding urban parks and open spaces.

Case study: Converting unused and underused spaces to homes

Case study: Converting unused and underused spaces to homes

London housing association Poplar HARCA is two thirds of the way through a successful scheme to unlock hidden homes and is sharing its learning with others, Josephine Smit finds.

Advice: Animating parks and open space

Advice: Animating parks and open space

Parks need to engage actively with their local communities to maximise their social and economic benefit, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: Refurbishment of a 1970s office building

Review: Refurbishment of a 1970s office building

A 1970s identikit office block in Manchester city centre has been refurbished to create Windmill Green, a contemporary workspace complementing a historic setting, finds Gillian Harrison.

Need to know: Review calls for changes to affordable housing supply in Wales

Need to know: Review calls for changes to affordable housing supply in Wales

Independent review's recommendations offer potential for "ground breaking improvements" to supply and quality, says chair.

Advice: District heating systems in new housing development

Advice: District heating systems in new housing development

District heating systems can save on carbon emissions, but careful design is required to avoid overheating and maximise the efficiency of the network, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Putting modern methods of construction to the test

Case study: Putting modern methods of construction to the test

In the north east of England a new housing development is trialling advanced building methods and home technologies, finds Josephine Smit.

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