Sustainability

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

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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.

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.

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