sustainable building design news

13 03, 2015

Heating from the ice

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Heat pumps extract warmth from ice cold water The BBC reported how in Norway a county capital in Norway, 40 miles from Oslo, is extracting heat from the local fjord.  With average annual temperatures of 8 degrees, Drammen has installed a district heating system to meet the heating demands of not only the 65,000 residents, but

20 11, 2013

Parliament committee urges government to keep Code for Sustainable Homes

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The latest report from the Environmental Audit Committee, Code for Sustainable Homes and Housing Standards Review, urges the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to keep the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH), which has helped evolve sustainability standards in Building Regulations since its introduction in 2007. At last some common sense from parliament, and

10 11, 2013

Five ‘no-brainer’ reasons for sustainable design

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A recent report by multi-national professional services and investment management firm Jones Lang LaSalle, with annual revenue of $3.9 billion and a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet, has identified five key trends which are making smart buildings a "no-brainer" for commercial property owners and investors. Facing pressures of managing costs, risks and energy

21 08, 2013

What now for sustainability in housing?

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With the news of Government's review on housing standards in England, the Code for Sustainable Homes looks likely to end with the key factors integrated into new Building Regulations standards.  But what now for ensuring that sustainability in new housing isn't 'fobbed off'?  That new developments will be able to meet the 'zero carbon' criteria

14 08, 2013

Domestic ground source heating offers £3,000 a year in savings & income

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As reported in Building4Change, domestic ground source heat pump (GSHP) users could earn around £3,000 a year in savings and income from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), with air source heat pump (ASHP) users potentially earning around £1,350 a year in savings and income according to a new Energy Saving Trust study. The report builds

13 08, 2013

Sustainability pays off

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An article in Building4Change highlights the benefits of including sustainability into a project and the increase in potential value of the build. First UK BREEAM Outstanding student accommodation, The Green, achieves 170% return on investment The University of Bradford’s sustainable student village, The Green, has been sold to a private Kuwait based fund for over