PDP London on why Architects need to be more aware of their environmental footprint

In February, a team of 20 volunteers from Green Register members PDP London worked with the charity Trees for Cities to plant 104 saplings, creating a new urban woodland in London whilst offsetting their paper usage from 2015 - 2016.

By doing this, they hope to show that architects can and should do their part to reduce climate change. One way is by reducing the excessive use of paper.

Michelle Sanchez, the Head of PDP London's Sustainability Team explains the importance of their initiative in an excellent article.

New Passivhaus Homes Planned for East London

 

Accredited Passivhaus Design (APD) has gained planning permission for two new four-bedroom homes, which will be the first Passivhaus dwellings in the London Borough of Redbridge.

The three-storey houses are on a corner plot in Ilford, East London. The clients’ brief, when appointing APD, was for a contemporary design solution, which the Redbridge planners endorsed.

Green Building Encyclopedia has won the RISE Award 2016

Brian Murphy of the Green Building Encyclopedia is a longstanding TGR member and also a TGR Steering Group member and has just won the Rise Award 2016.

The Rise Awards recognise, promote and reward the talented groups and individuals who are shaping the future of our industry through extensive research,innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. GBE has won in the catagory of Behavioural Change

A success story! - Renewable energy 'smashes' records in 2015

The Guardian yesterday reported that renewable energy for last year has beaten global records, with an upsurge in new wind, solar and hydro plants and capacity.

Some of the facts:

• Around 147 Gigawatts of renewable electricity came online in 2015 – this is the biggest ever annual increase.

• Clean energy investment increased to £198bn – 56% of this being solar energy, and 38 % wind power.

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