Building a Sustainable Future...

By Architecture, Design & Innovation | A conscious approach to energy  & ecological conservation in the design of the built environment. Focusing on building a sustainable future through green architecture, renewable energy & smart design

Greening the St Albans community

Ellina Webb investigates what her local council of St Albans City & District is doing to combat climate change, be sustainable and green the …

Sustainability

BIG unveils plans for Cactus Towers beside new Copenhagen IKEA

Bjarke Ingel's firm BIG has revealed renderings of a pair of high-rise residential towers with spiky facades, which will overlook a new IKEA and …

Architecture

Eco-Friendly House Built Around A Vertical Garden

Wanting to feel connected to nature is not uncommon and a lot of modern and contemporary houses are designed to fulfill this desire. However, few …

Architecture

Pedal power: How Denver bike crews are rescuing food from landfills one ride at a time

It’s a steamy Friday morning, and Christi Turner is elbows-deep in compost. Armed with yellow gloves and an equally sunny smile, she is undeterred as …

Recycling

Breathtaking bamboo building withstands earthquakes and boasts a zero-carbon footprint

Thailand’s eco-friendly Panyaden International School has added a stunning new sports hall to its campus that’s built entirely of bamboo and stays …

Chiang Mai

Sustainable Danish school is covered in 12,000 solar panels

The panels generate over half of the school’s electricity<p>A number of companies have been working to disguise solar panels as roofs, roads, and even window blinds. But one Danish school is taking a different approach, using custom-built solar panels as a featured architectural element. Almost the …

Clean Energy

CIBSE aims to tackle overheating in homes

Warmer temperatures and improved construction are leading to overheating problems in homes. Ken Sharpe, editor of “Modern Building Services”, …

Climate Change

Dam it! How beavers could save Britain from flooding

Since their trial reintroduction in Devon, the animal’s engineering skills have reduced floodwater and created a paradise for local wildlife. Should we bring them back for good?<p>At a secret location in the rolling pasture of west Devon lies a marshy patch of farmland protected by £35,000-worth of …

Water

45% of commercial landlords still don’t know about MEES

Dennis Flower, editor of Premises and Facilities Management looks the likely impact of new legislation on commercial landlords.<p>Research results …

6 good reasons for energy efficiency renovation

Did you know that most of the energy is lost due to thermal bridges or lack of isolation? One of the best important solutions to avoid this energy …

Hot, dry Madrid aims for a cooler, greener future

<i>An artist's rendering of Madrid's Gran Vía, one of the city's biggest and busiest avenues, shows what the thoroughfare would look like if building</i> …

Climate Change

Europe’s Game-Changers In The World Of Cool Green Tech

Green start-ups are changing the way we think about technology.<p>Green businesses are booming and it’s not difficult to see why. Not only are governments offering tempting incentives, but consumers are increasingly conscious of, and drawn to, environmentally-friendly companies.<p>Then there’s the …

World's Largest Vertical Garden Boasts 33,500 Square Feet of Plants

The largest vertical garden in the world looks like a living, breathing green giant in Bogotá, Colombia's densely populated capital.<p>The Santalaia …

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Open door policy in retail

Harriet Evans looks at what the retail sector can do to encourage customers into stores whilst minimising energy waste.<p>The world of shopping has …

eCommerce

Reynaers at Home helps homeowners reduce energy usage

Reynaers at Home is helping the drive to build energy efficient homes by producing some of the best performing aluminium windows and doors available, …

Sustainability

Incorporating renewable technology in golf clubs

With The Open Championship now over, Ellina Webb takes a look at what golf clubs like the Royal Birkdale can do to green the greens and lower their …

Sustainability

Continuing Education: Green Walls

Facades are a building’s most visible element, and adding plants offers entirely new dimensions of texture, symbolism, and seasonal dynamism. As …

Construction

Sustainable Dutch home for sale comes with surreal custom furniture

Wowza<p>The last time we saw this one-of-a-kind Dutch home, it was the coolest half-buried snow villa in all the land. Fast forward some years and “Dutch Mountain House,” the brainchild of architect and art historian couple Sanne Oomen and Lucas Mol, has hit the market (price upon request). And with …

Architecture

Urban greening: Let’s make London bloom

Think of an urban environment and what springs to mind? Concrete? Pollution? Traffic congestion?<p>It is fair to assume that “greenery” would not be at …

Futuristic floating skyscraper 'heals' the effects of climate change

Climate change is rapidly affecting every corner of the earth – but could an innovative new skyscraper help turn the tide? Heal-Berg is a proposal …

Climate Change

Peek inside Bloomberg’s sustainable new headquarters in London

Former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg’s eponymous company is moving into the heart of London with the help of Foster + Partners. The …

Swedish eco-retreat will have 14 glass cabins and a massive greenhouse restaurant

Glass A-frames abound<p>Folks staying at this remote retreat in Sweden shouldn’t throw stones. The upcoming Stedsans in the Woods, located two and a half hours from Copenhagen, Malmö, and Gothenburg by car, will have an array of glassy cabins and an enormous glass greenhouse that serves as the …

Copenhagen

These 10 Green Roofs Bring Life—and So Much More—to These Modern Structures

A living, breathing roof offers so much more than just a bright, soft, refreshing surface.<p><b>Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco</b>

Will offsite construction end the housing crisis?

Housing Association magazine's Joe Bradbury looks at whether prefabrication could help deliver the homes we need.<p>According to the housing white paper …

The World's Most Improbable Green City

A decade ago Dubai had one of the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world. By 2050 it wants to have the smallest. Can it get there?<p>To plunge headlong into the audacity of Dubai—the sprawling efflorescence of concrete, glass, and steel that has sprung up over the past three decades on …

Cities

How a 'smarter' power system might affect you

<b>Major changes to the way electricity is produced, used and stored are being planned by the government.</b><p>It hopes we will be able to create power in our own homes, store it and even sell it back to the National Grid.<p>This could mean billions of pounds in savings for UK households, the Business …

Solar Panels

Passive Solar Design Basics - Green Homes

The great room of the Myers home is designed to let in plenty of sun in the winter, while blocking it in the summer.<p>PHOTO: DAVID WRIGHT<p>Passive solar …

Sustainable Living

Hawaii's Push to 100% Renewable Energy Presents Opportunity for Solar Energy -- The Motley Fool

Hawaii continues to push the envelope in renewable energy, providing a path for the rest of the country.<p>Hawaii has long been the U.S. leader in solar …

Renewable Energy