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By Kirsty Hammond | Sustainable building design & energy efficiency

Living Wall Training Day for Interior Designers

Join us at the Scotscape HQ for a fascinating morning focused on the design, installation and maintenance of Living Walls. Surrounded by examples of …

This Is How Future Airports Must Be Built

In Oslo, the world’s greenest air terminal uses a reservoir of snow gathered during the winter to cool the building throughout the summer months<p>As just about every building type has been pushed toward greater energy efficiency, airports have been something of a stubborn holdout, relics of a more …

Sustainability

5 Ways Designers and Engineers Can Start Designing for Climate Change

Most people don’t see themselves as having the personal power or influence to make a compelling difference in climate change.But so many of the …

Climate

Climate change and its effects on our cultural world

We’ve all seen it, every American set disaster movie focusing on the Statue of Liberty buried deep in snow (2012: Ice Age), drowning water (The Day …

Jamaica on track for 30% renewable energy by 2030

<b>Jamaica is on course to achieving 30 per cent of its energy consumption from renewables by 2030, according to the country’s Minister of Science,</b> …

Clean Energy
Architecture

This hexagonal Grand Designs eco home with an 800-year-old TREE TRUNK for a staircase was built for £300K ten years ago - but how much is it on the market for today?

• <b>The Hexagon House in Cambridgeshire was built 10 years ago and featured on TV's Grand Designs</b>• <b><br>The property cost £300,000 to build, including the cost</b> …

A passive house takes an active stand for the environment

Courtesy of Andrew Michler<p>About an hour’s drive north from Boulder’s city center, a small cabin-like structure sits nestled tightly between three …

Houses

AN speaks to one of the architects behind the world’s tallest Passive House building

Due for completion this year, the Cornell Tech campus going up on Roosevelt Island in New York is edging closer to seeing the world’s tallest Passive …

Construction

A green-roofed Hobbit home anyone can build in just 3 days

Can you imagine living in a 400-square-foot tiny home that is eco-friendly and energy-efficient, yet boasts all the amenities of a conventional …

Houses

Scotland's latest wind farm will help fund 500 new affordable homes

Scotland’s Berwickshire Housing Association wants to capture the wind to boost their mission. By launching a new wind farm in the Scottish Borders, …

Renewable Energy

Britain goes without coal for the first time 'since Industrial Revolution'

The National Grid has announced Britain’s first full day without coal power “since the Industrial Revolution”.<p>A combination of low demand for electricity and an abundance of wind meant the grid completed 24 hours relying on just gas, nuclear and renewables.<p>Engineers at the company said Friday …

Renewable Energy

Securing energy efficiency through the roof

Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems, looks at the increasing requirement to upgrade insulation for flat roofs and the effect this has on the …

Family builds eco-friendly home in Norway

<b>A Norwegian family has constructed a sustainable and unique home in the country’s Arctic circle. The house is completely covered by a glass dome.</b><p>The …

Houses

Combining technologies to achieve a low-carbon built environment

Different ways of thinking are needed if we are to achieve a truly low-carbon built environment and one way that is being developed right now …

Renewable Energy

Are you prepared for when the renewable heating market takes off?

Last month I looked at what the value of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is and concluded that if you do want to add a renewable …

Green Living

Brilliant bamboo house uses ground water for natural cooling

This experimental bamboo home is helping to set the pace for sustainable growth in China. Milan-based Studio Cardenas designed Energy Efficient …

Architecture

Is the issue of overheating in homes too hot to handle?

Is overheating in our housing stock a public health disaster waiting to happen? Ken Sharpe, editor of “Modern Building Services”, examines the issues.<p>…

Climate Change

Reynaers at Home builds on green credentials with Green Acres

<b>A brand new development in Princes Risborough has used an array of innovative products from aluminium systems company</b> <b>Reynaers at Home</b><b>.</b><p>Unusually for a …

Architecture

This startup is turning waste plastic into the very roads we use every day

Plastic is a problem. It’s a problem that Scottish startup MacRebur is taking on one mile at a time.<p>MacRebur is aiming to challenge three major world issues: Repurposing millions of tonnes of waste plastic, saving millions in the cost of road repairs and strengthening our existing roads. The idea …

Recycling

11 green building materials that are way better than concrete

Concrete is a material that quite literally holds our cities together. From homes and apartment buildings to bridges, viaducts, and sidewalks, this …

Construction

Stolon Studio transforms an urban brownfield into a sustainable live/work London community

An urban brownfield in London has been reborn as a beautiful and contemporary community with three live/work houses, all of which incorporate …

Architecture

Timber Technology gets A* for Education

The growing demand for new school buildings across the UK has seen a move towards offsite manufactured solid timber structures as a fast and …

32 reasons to pay attention to your air conditioning

Change is coming to the world of air conditioning and this affects anyone who uses it, commissions it, designs, installs or maintains it … and this …

This futuristic metal-clad residence is segmented like a lobster tail

This futuristic residential building in Luxembourg has a segmented facade that resembles the tail of a lobster or an exotic insect. Design studio …

Architecture

Could son of Green Deal finally improve UK housing?

The Government started 2017 with a raft of announcements and funding initiatives that culminated in an eagerly-awaited Housing White Paper designed …

Sustainability

What the Home Quality Mark will mean for sustainable new homes

<b>James Parker, editor of Housebuilder & Developer magazine looks at the new Home Quality Mark</b><p>I assume you’ve heard about the Home Quality Mark (HQM) …

Real Estate

8 homes that generate more energy than they consume

Your future home could make electric bills a thing of the past, and even help you earn money in the process. Plus-energy homes are popping up around …

Green Living

How to improve your energy efficiency without giving up to a stylish look

A rainscreen cladding system is considered to be the most effective solution for thermal insulation. But when designing a project, the final …

Renewable Energy