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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

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's concrete quarter

London's concrete quarter

The transformation of King’s Cross includes some of the UK’s most sustainable office buildings - and concrete is key to all of them

The six-storey building takes a low-tech approach to energy saving.

Low-energy office building in Austria by Baumschlager Eberle

Architect Baumschlager Eberle has simplified its 2226 Lustenau office building in order to maximise energy savings

Bude barn refurbishment, Devon by Feilden Fowles

Bude barn refurbishment, Devon, by Feilden Fowles

An old barn made of a patchwork of materials called for an energy-efficient extension

Hawkins\Brown’s Oxford University biochemistry building

Where the embodied is buried

Upcoming changes to both Breeam and the building regulations are placing the embodied carbon of different structural solutions under the spotlight

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?

Zero-energy school, Saint-Ouen, France

Zero-energy school by Mikou Design Studio

Sustainable French school generates all its energy on site

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation by Malcolm Fraser Architects

Transformation of Edinburgh’s 18th century Old High School required a deft touch and awareness of the need to deliver a low carbon building

Villa Verde housing, Chile by Elemental

Villa Verde housing, Chile by Elemental

A large-scale housing scheme uses “base builds” that allow residents to expand their own living areas