Sustainability

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

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Opinion: We need a grown-up policy response to the polycrisis

Government is failing to live up to its own rhetoric, with planned changes to the NPPF falling far short in helping the UK meet its carbon budget, writes Chris Brown.

 

Need to know: Infrastructure commission calls for action to limit future flood risk

Stricter controls on new developments and investment in drainage are needed to combat intense rainfall and increased urbanisation, according to government advisor.

Case study: Creating a park on a city site

The new park at the heart of Manchester's emerging Mayfield regeneration scheme has been created to respond to the aspirations of local people and delivered sustainably, finds Josephine Smit.

Advice: Achieving low carbon new homes

Building to Passivhaus standards can ensure energy consumption of new homes is much reduced, but initial plans and designs need to reflect the high environmental performance, Ben Kochan finds.

Opinion: Put social value on a par with health and safety in project delivery

Social value delivery is at a pivotal point and needs to learn from the health and safety agenda, writes Lisa Sanders.

Review: Tackling flooding in a market town

The flood alleviation scheme in Otley, near Leeds, has successfully tackled the town's flooding problem and created an attractive feature, finds Stella Heeley.

Advice: Maximising the benefits of offsite construction for housebuilding

Offsite construction methods can be used to create highly sustainable homes, but it's important to identify the right system so the design fits its location, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Assessing the impact of carbon offset contributions on scheme feasibility

Carbon offset contributions for operational emissions can considerably impact scheme feasibility, but are generally not included at feasibility stage, write James Wickham, Liam Lawson Jones and Rosanna Cole.

Opinion: Why focusing on neighbourhood retrofit makes sense

Retrofitting the built environment at a neighbourhood scale feels like a no-brainer for a number of reasons, writes Chris Brown.

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