Low and Zero Carbon Technologies

Does office refurbishment neglect sustainability in the drive to maximise profit?

Submitted by CathHassell on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 01:00

Cora Kwiatkowski | Senior Associate | Stride Treglown

The reuse and refurbishment of existing buildings with their embodied carbon is intrinsically sustainable, provided that they can operate effectively and efficiently and that they are located in a sustainable location. But are all buildings really suitable for refurbishment and how can a balance between sustainability and return be struck?

Total Washroom Control – an answer to water wastage in schools?

Submitted by CathHassell on Thu, 01/01/2015 - 00:00

Cath Hassell | ech2o 

Anyone who is used to working in the commercial sector and looking at scoring easy BREEAM points will already know all about total washroom control (1). For the rest of you think urinal controls only bigger, better, faster, exerting control over all the water supply into a toilet block.

Benchmarking of schools

Sustainable Construction - 2000 to date – are we there yet?

Submitted by CathHassell on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 00:00

Lucy Pedler | The Green Register

I recently made a presentation to a room full of architects for the RIBA South West in Exeter. Having been given free reign about what to present, I chose to take a look at what progress we have, or have not, made since the turn of the century.