Building a Sustainable Future...

By Architecture, Design & Innovation | A conscious approach to energy  & ecological conservation in the design of the built environment. Exploring new technologies, striving to build a sustainable future through green architecture, renewable energy & smart design

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 …

Key Drivers Forcing the Green Gateway Agenda

Growing awareness and evolving values are driving Government, businesses and individuals to demand greener, more affordable and socially acceptable …

Energy

Dissecting the ‘Clean Growth Strategy’

HA Magazine takes a closer look at the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy and discusses how the way we heat our homes can help tackle climate …

Climate

Pool House with a Curved Living Roof Makes a Bold Green Statement

One architectural feature that we believe should definitely catch on quickly with homeowners across the globe is the gorgeous green roof! Living …

Houses

France Declares All New Roofs Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels…

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either …

Bees in the city: Designing green roofs for pollinators

Declining bee populations have been widely covered in the news. It is a pressing issue worldwide as one in three bites of food that we eat relies on …

Bees

A guide to creating a glorious green roof

Why build a green roof?<p>Green roofs provide a variety of benefits to you and your home, from reducing energy costs through to effective insulation, …

Coal Power In A ‘Death Spiral’ In Europe, Where More Than Half Of Plants Lose Money

Maybe someone should tell Donald Trump.<p>Coal power is in a “death spiral” in the European Union, with 54 percent of its coal plants losing money, according to a new report published Friday.<p>Ninety-seven percent of the EU’s 619 coal plants will be losing money by 2030, according to the analysis from …

Climate

Sustainability strategy for the housing sector

Bevan Jones, managing director of Sustainable Homes looks at the latest report into sustainability in the housing sector.<p>We have just published a new …

Want to reduce your electric bill? Here’s how to go solar-powered in your home

As recently as the 2000s, solar-powered homes were a rare thing to see. But with tax incentives motivating homeowners and increasing fears about …

Clean Energy

Envirobuild aims to protect over 40k acres of Rainforest through Rainforest Trust donations

EnviroBuild, the leading sustainable construction company, aims to protect over 40k acres of rainforest this year through donating 10% of their …

Sustainability

Growing up near green spaces improves children's attention spans, study reveals

Parks encourage physical activity and social connections<p>Living in the <b>countryside is wonderful for many reasons</b>, including the stunning walks, …

The sky at night

With Jupiter and Venus aligning recently, the internet has been buzzing with astrological theories as to how this phenomenon will affect your health, …

Astronomy

A new vision with Clean Growth Strategy

In October 2017, the Government introduced a new report: The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the way to a low carbon future. Karen Fletcher …

Greening the city, the community and your home

Unfortunately the dream of a garden and even an urban garden are unrealistic for me at the moment, but the endless scrolling on Pinterest has …

Farming

Greening the city with urban gardens

After recently becoming a homeowner, Ellina Webb has been actively pursuing ways to incorporate greenery into her home – which is easier said than …

The world needs to rethink the value of water

Research led by Oxford University highlights the accelerating pressure on measuring, monitoring and managing water locally and globally. A new …

Sustainability

How Renewable Energy Will Destroy Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels may be in a lot of trouble over the long term.<p>There's an energy revolution taking place before our eyes, but it doesn't seem to be …

Renewable Energy

The trouble with big data is the huge energy bill

The power consumed by the internet giants’ massive server farms and the mining of the cryptocurrency are growing into a giant environmental headache<p>Once upon a time, a very long time ago – 2009 in fact – there was a brief but interesting controversy about the carbon footprint of a Google search. It …

Bitcoin

Christmas cards - the end of a seasonal tradition?

We live in a digital age, so are paper Christmas cards still viable?<p>OK . . . OK … OK! I know that we haven’t even seen the Coco-Cola trucks parading …

Christmas

Office fit-out with sustainability and wellbeing at its heart

The space is designed to accommodate a variety of working styles and agile working choices, including an open plan working area based on hot-desking; …

Sustainability

VR: from environmental awareness to product placement

Last week my colleagues and I took a trip to the arctic to discover the melting polar caps and look in awe at the northern lights. The trip however …

Sustainably operating your HVAC plant

Dennis Flower looks at the increasing importance of sustainable building services<p>One of the most frequent stories I’ve heard over the years has been …

Vent-Axia Improves Indoor Air Quality at The Crofts

<b>Vent-Axia</b>, a leader in low carbon ventilation, has supplied large numbers of its Lo-Carbon™ PoziDry PIV Compact ventilation units and Lo-Carbon™ …

Don’t give up on ambitious green architecture – despite London’s Garden Bridge folly

Martchan / Shutterstock<p>London’s proposed “Garden Bridge” is no more. After years of controversy, the city’s mayor has finally sunk the idea into the …

SBEM – correct efficiency figures can reduce project costs

<b>Richard Warry looks at why talking directly to the manufacturer rather than relying on SBEM calculations can reduce project costs.</b><p>I read an article …

Cleaning up the confusion surrounding energy efficient homes

Paul Groves, the editor of Specification magazine looks at the latest strategy to help 'green' UK’s homes.<p>We finally have it – the Government’s …

The summit of sustainable heating

Joe Bradbury looks at growth in the heat pump sector and what else needs to be done to help the nation achieve our carbon reduction targets.<p>At the …

This innovative wind turbine can withstand hurricane-force winds

'IceWind' has redesigned the wind turbine to be more efficient and durable by flipping the blades sideways.

Wind Power