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Biot A Lab

Reinventing the green wall

15 April 2016

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

19 October 2015

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

11 September 2015

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?

London sunset

How to be cool: Tackling overheating in UK homes

29 April 2014

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?

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

Low-energy office building in Austria by Baumschlager Eberle

28 January 2014

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

Villa Verde housing, Chile by Elemental

Villa Verde housing, Chile by Elemental

22 October 2013

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

School pavilion Allenmoos II by Boltshauser Architekten

School pavilion Allenmoos II by Boltshauser Architekten

29 October 2012

Handcrafted, natural materials and refined construction techniques are combined to create a quiet sensitivity

Open House in Hamburg by Onix Architekten

Open House in Hamburg by Onix Architekten

8 March 2012

This Passivhaus for communal living produces more energy than it uses.

Sustainable Building Envelope Centre

SBEC sustainability centre finds ways to push the envelope

6 February 2012

The Sustainable Building Envelope Centre has been established to harness the building fabric to generate energy. Here is a look at its ambitions and some of the key technologies under development

Anaerobic digestion plant

Boyarsky Murphy's anaerobic digestion plant

29 July 2011

Innovative facility in Cambridgeshire will turn food waste into energy

Eco Hub light scoop section

Gamlingay Eco Hub community centre by Civic Architects

17 May 2011

Civic Architects’ remodelling of a Cambridgeshire village community centre uses sustainable materials and three different passive heat and power technologies.

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

Hanging gardens could turn Greenwich into new Jerusalem

22 May 2014

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

Zero-energy school, Saint-Ouen, France

Zero-energy school by Mikou Design Studio

30 January 2014

Sustainable French school generates all its energy on site

Bude barn refurbishment, Devon by Feilden Fowles

Bude barn refurbishment, Devon, by Feilden Fowles

24 October 2013

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

1 May 2013

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

Oasis Children’s Venture by Matt Atkins and Ben Barfield Marks

Oasis Children’s Venture by Matt Atkins and Ben Barfield Marks

23 October 2012

A playspace and office by architecture students is an exercise in reuse and resourcefulness

The buildings make use of a traditional palette of Portland stone and cream render.

Olympic Sailing Village by HTA Architects

7 March 2012

HTA’s athletes’ village in Dorset mixes traditional materials with an up-to-date approach to energy generation

The building in summer mode, with loggias open, shades down, and its sibling behind on the left.

B35 apartments by AGPS Architecture

27 October 2011

Hansjürg Leibundgut’s Zurich home is also a ground-breaking research project into energy use

Sulgrave Gardens

Sulgrave Gardens by Cartwright Pickard

10 June 2011

This £5.5m scheme will be the first mixed-tenure PassivHaus development in London and the architect’s first attempt at this type of sustainable design

Christ the King Centre for Learning Knowsley, Liverpool

New research will help architects maximise low-carbon design

5 April 2011

Target Zero guidance on achieving low-carbon buildings has been launched by the BCSA and Tata Steel. Here are three steel-framed projects featured in the research.

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