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Lockdown Silver Linings

Submitted by Tess S on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 14:35

Although lockdown has been stressful at times, one silver lining has been the positive impact quarantine measures have had on the environment. Photos have shown the increase in visibility thanks to a drop in air pollution, the levels of harmful gases such as nitrogen dioxide have fallen in cities across the UK, and wildlife has been seen exploring urban areas that are now much quieter.

Building Facades - Can they mitigate rising urban temperatures?

Submitted by CathHassell on Thu, 12/01/2016 - 01:00

Brian Murphy | Green Building Encyclopaedia

A recent announcement anticipated temperatures of 48 degrees C in London in 2050, 14 degrees higher than the Midlands peak of 34 degrees C in July 2016. Urban climate specialists argue that building façade design needs to respond to alleviate the consequences of future high temperatures.

Peak Wood

Submitted by CathHassell on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 00:00

Rob Borruso

We live on a finite planet, resources are limited, most stuff is running out etc. The good news is that there are resources that rely on the sun in one way or another, that are getting constantly renewed, i.e. renewables. These are solar, wind, hydro and biomass (or woodfuel). But biomass is not quite a 'renewable' as we've assumed even without the issue of using arable land to feed power stations instead of people.

How will the Fifth Carbon Budget shape future development?

Submitted by CathHassell on Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:00

Thomas Vazakas | RPS Group

In 2008, Parliament introduced the Climate Change Act. The Act, which is independent from European Union (EU) legislation, established a legally binding target to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. The recent vote to leave the EU does not change this commitment.

Brexit or Bremain – what’s in it for the construction industry?

Submitted by CathHassell on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:10

Views from the industry...

With only a few weeks to go, the noise around the In/Out referendum is getting louder. Concerns about the economy, immigration and the strains on public services abound but views on how the construction industry might be affected are less easy to find.

Reflecting on the International Passive House Conference, Darmstadt 2016

Submitted by CathHassell on Sun, 05/01/2016 - 00:00

Niall Crosson | Senior Engineer | Ecological Building Systems

Reflecting on the International Passive House Conference, Darmstadt 2016. By Niall Crosson, Senior Engineer at Ecological Building Systems and Member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Green Building Council