• Project 80: the Future Homes standard

    Dr Tony Hopkin, FCABE CEng, Head of Construction, Quality and Innovation at housing association Midland Heart, discusses Project 80: researching building to the Future Homes Standard
  • Brownfield budget 'a sticking plaster', says NFB

    In the 2021 autumn budget, the government announced that £2bn will be used to unlock 1,500 hectares of brownfield land across England to clear derelict land and make way for 160,000 new homes. This includes £300m to unlock smaller brownfield sites, which will provide more opportunities for SME developers.
  • Measuring and mitigating city microclimates

    A better understanding of city microclimates and the complex factors that combine to raise temperatures could help town planners and local regulators manage the effects, says James Cash
  • Competition highlights nature's architecture

    Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) Kew and the Museum of Architecture (MoA) have launched an international design competition to create three treehouses across RBG Kew’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of a larger Treehouses at Kew exhibition that will run from April to October 2023.
  • Free Energy and Carbon in the Built Environment course

    UCEM, in collaboration with the Climate Framework, has released a free Energy and Carbon in the Built Environment course. It explores how net-zero carbon can be achieved through optimised building design, sustainable material selections, and efficient construction.
  • A legacy of industrial pollution

    Amy Jones, Associate Director at consultancy IDOM Merebrook, considers the challenges of zero-waste targets in recycling land for development, and asks: is a remediated site a clean site?
  • CABE Sustainability winner

    Winner: Community Health Partnerships for Foleshill Health Centre, Coventry. Designed and constructed to Passivhaus Classic standards – a first for NHS England – it has also achieved BREEAM Excellent certification.
  • New research on seasonal storage of green hydrogen

    Renewable hydrogen produced by the UK’s world-leading fleet of wind farms and stored in disused oil and gas fields can help avoid future winter energy supply crunches, according to research published by Energy Networks Association (ENA).
  • New partnership to decarbonise NHS buildings

    Following NHS England’s publication of its Net Zero Carbon Delivery Plan, Wates, Arup and HKS have launched the Decarbonising Health Estates Partnership (DHEP). Its aim is to decarbonise existing NHS buildings by driving sustainability within hospital infrastructure.
  • The Construction Industry Council at COP26

    The Construction Industry Council presented its ‘Carbon Zero: the professional institutions’ climate action plan’ at COP26 as part of the Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day. Watch it on the COP26 YouTube channel.
  • COP26 round-up

    Will Arnold, Head of Climate Action at the Institution of Structural Engineers, shares his top picks from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference
  • Connecting buildings to heat networks

    Heat networks present an efficient and potentially low-carbon approach to heating, but as James Cash discovers, buildings need to be ready to connect when networks become more available