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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.

11 Belgrave Road

Case study: Redeveloping a city site into a net-zero workplace

Developer Quadrum has set ultra-high sustainability targets for its redevelopment of a tired 1950s office building in London's Victoria.

Cornovii Homes Shrewsbury

Coming up: Green light for Shrewsbury homes

Council housing company is to deliver 105 ultra-energy efficient homes alongside plots for custom and self builders.

Oxford park and ride hub, Fastned

Advice: Promoting use of electric vehicles

With a growing number of electric vehicles being sold, councils need to expand charging infrastructure using their own sites and on streets, finds Ben Kochan.

Chris Brown

Opinion: The three megatrends that could redefine placemaking

Policy shifts and social and climate realities may have implications for businesses that have prospered in the environment of the last few years, writes Chris Brown.

Trumpington Meadows Grosvenor Paul Miller Kendrick

Case study: Boosting biodiversity alongside housebuilding

Provision of a country park at the new Trumpington Meadows neighbourhood in Cambridge has been good for biodiversity, residents and developers. Josephine Smit finds out how the park delivers.

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