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

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

BedZed roof cowls

List BedZed warts and all, says C20 Society

But RMC HQ architect Ted Cullinan says listing should be based on quality of architecture only


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?

Heneghan Peng’s new School of Architecture and Construction for the University of Greenwich

Hanging gardens could turn Greenwich into new Jerusalem

Heneghan Peng’s new School of Architecture and Construction for the University of Greenwich will host 14 roof gardens, including ponds, teaching spaces, beehives and even a couple of vineyards - the first permanent algaeponics installation in the UK

London sunset

How to be cool: Tackling overheating in UK homes

Overheating in homes is set to become an increasingly urgent issue, especially in the capital, as global temperatures rise. With energy legislation demanding that buildings become ever more airtight, what is the best way for designers to respond?

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