The latest sustainability news, analysis, technical studies, plus updates from Ecobuild

Redefining Sustainability

Ecobuild challenges industry to redefine sustainability

The Ecobuild team launches its #SustainabilityIs campaign focusing on the business case for sustainable construction

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Ecobuild launches with sustainability roundtables

First discussion will be chaired by UK-GBC chief executive Julie Hirigoyen this month

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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

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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


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?

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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?

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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

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Tony Pidgley speaking at the Ecobuild conference 2016

Housing boss Pidgley takes aim at planning red tape

7 March 2017

Speaking at Ecobuild, Berkeley chairman calls planning red tape ‘a crime’

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Ecobuild 2017: Regeneration now

2 March 2017

The construction industry is in the throes of a major drive to renew and revive communities - but how is it best done? Ecobuild 2017 next week will attempt to address this question. BD takes a look at the programme