The latest sustainable construction news including design and management of buildings; materials performance; construction technology and processes; energy and resource efficiency in building, operation and maintenance.

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One Manchester and council to deliver low-carbon affordable homes

One Manchester and Manchester City Council will deliver 139 new affordable homes using Passivhaus techniques to lower the carbon footprint.
Acoustic standards, building regulations

UKGBC publishes guidance on acoustics standards

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published guidance to help local authorities go above and beyond building regulations, in specifying higher acoustic standards in new build homes.

How mixed-use developments are changing the shape of Scottish cities

With the ongoing shift to urban living, mixed-use developments are becoming increasingly popular. Oliver Wilson, architect director at BDP’s Glasgow studio, looks at what is driving the rise of mixed-use in Scotland.
New Garden Square

New Garden Square build-to-rent scheme gains approval

Court Collaboration has been given approval by Birmingham City Council to deliver 392 high-quality apartments as part of the wider New Garden Square regeneration on the Calthorpe Estate.
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ISG to deliver Sky’s new innovation centre

ISG has secured a contract with Sky to deliver a new innovation centre at its campus in Osterley, West London.
Energy centre, London underground

New energy centre uses waste from London Tube to heat homes

Waste heat from the London Underground network is now capable of providing heating and hot water to more than 1,350 homes, a school and two leisure centres in Islington thanks to a pioneering energy centre that opened today (5 March 2020).

Kier tops out at UK’s first passivhaus care home

The main structure of the St Loyes extra care home scheme is now complete for the £9.8m development that will be the first passivhaus standard care home in the country.
BREEAM Awards 2020,

BRE reveals winners of BREEAM Awards 2020

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has revealed the winners of its BREEAM Awards 2020, which recognises projects and organisations that provide performance, replicability and innovation.
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The importance of green building to promote wellbeing and sustainability

Sustainable timber construction panel manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY explores the importance of a green building rating system to promote wellbeing and sustainability.
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Sustainability is key to digital transformation of the environment

Sustainability is a key driver to digital transformation in the environment. Alexandra Bolton, executive director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) considers the challenge, the opportunity and the potential prize.
Structural OSB panel, Passivhaus project,

Structural OSB panel facilitates energy efficient Passivhaus project

High-performance Max Fordham House has been completed to the highest energy saving standards with structural OSB panel, SMARTPLY PROPASSIV.
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Cemex launches UK’s first low carbon concrete range

Cemex has launched the UK’s first ready-mixed concrete that is a CarbonNeutral® product, part of the Vertua® low carbon concrete range, which includes the option to offset residual CO2 and provide a CarbonNeutral product.
Smart buildings, data overload, information overload

Smart buildings and dealing with data overload

George Adams, director of energy and engineering at SPIE UK, looks at how to overcome information overload and extract genuine value from smart buildings.
Bermondsey build-to-rent, Grosvenor developments,

Bermondsey build-to-rent scheme gets the green light

Planning permission has been granted to Grosvenor for its Bermondsey build-to-rent scheme, which includes 1,548 new rental homes, 482 of which will be affordable.

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