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Industry is working to ensure Green Deal qualifi cations and accreditation procedures are in place to protect consumers

Lords reopen the door to zero carbon homes

Industry ‘hopeful’ that peers’ rebellion could put sustainable homes back on statute books

Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge contest - Bystrup with Robin Snell

Shortlisted designs for Pimlico bridge go on show

Amanda Levete, Hopkins, Marks Barfield, Bystrup and Robin Snell hope for public backing

George Osborne

Architects criticise government's zero carbon u-turn

Rab Bennetts and Jim Eyre among signatories of industry’s letter to chancellor

Biot A Lab

Reinventing the green wall

A new bio-receptive concrete panelling system could mean urban green walls that don’t need expensive maintenance and provide a better environment for plants too

Here East Gantry

Here East, Hackney Wick, by Hawkins Brown

The former media hub of the London 2012 Olympic Games is presently the focus of a £100m redevelopment and soon to be a creative hub – in what its developers hope is the start of a wider regeneration in the east London region

Energiesprong

What the Dutch can teach us about cladding

Energiesprong, a Dutch government-supported super-insulation approach, is being transferred to the UK housing market. Could it offer an answer to the country’s environmental and fuel poverty issues?

Neptunus apartment block

Recyclable housing

Technology used to build the world’s largest McDonald’s is being adapted to build temporary, highly flexible, 100% recyclable housing in Holland. Could the model be brought here to solve the UK’s affordable housing crisis?

H.O.U.S.E 1

H.O.U.S.E by Saint Gobain and University of Nottingham

Combining the benefits of high enviromental efficiency and prefabricated design and assembly, the student-designed H.O.U.S.E is setting the benchmark for regulation friendly housing

Copper Lane

1-6 Copper Lane by Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects

Cohousing is a concept proving popular in North America and parts of mainland Europe but, despite being a potentially viable answer to the housing shortage, it is yet to catch on in the UK. Ike Ijeh visits the first cohousing build in London to see if it’s an idea worth sharing