13 September 2019

Japanese builder pushes for prefabricated housing solutions

Would you live in a prefabricated home? The construction of modular houses with the help of robots in factories is not always associated with aspirational living or high-quality building, but attitudes are changing. Now Japan’s biggest housebuilder believes that it can change the perception of “prefab” as it prepares to build “thousands of homes” targeting […]

11 September 2019

New look to eco social housing in the UK wins prestigious RIBA Award     

A social housing estate of some hundred dwellings in Norwich, UK, has won the coveted 2019 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize, which is awarded to the UK’s best new building. The prize is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants […]

30 August 2019

Facade replaced by plant pot walls in Dutch villa design

Green walls formed of shelves of plants instead of glass/steel facades are a key feature of the Green Villa in the Dutch city of Sint-Michielsgestel. The three-storey housing block will follow the mansard roof shape of the neighbouring building, but its entire frontage will be covered in giant rows of shelves covered in greenery. A […]

28 August 2019

French ‘Green Box on the roof ‘ innovation provides prefabricated low carbon building extension

An innovative office extension which adds a prefabricated low energy penthouse unit has been pioneered in France. The result is a 945 m2 SDP timber framed terrace added to an occupied office building at an industrial park at Bron, near Lyon. The rooftop unit has developed over 6 months off-site with wooden walls and joinery […]

27 August 2019

District heating system for London homes to use waste heat from the ‘Tube’

A district heating system for London is being created using waste heat from the ‘Tube’, its massive underground mass transit network. The first phase of the project is due to be completed in the coming months, will extend the network to some 450 homes is the Islington borough area. The first phase of the project […]

21 August 2019

Prefabricated timber houses launched by IKEA and Skansa for low carbon eco social housing

IKEA, Skanska in collaboration with the Queen of Sweden have launched a social housing project. The first ‘SilviaBo’ apartments are currently being completed outside Stockholm and use a variation of IKEA’s modular BoKlok housing concept. Named SilviaBo, the housing project is being developed in Sweden by IKEA, Skanska and Silviahemmet, a dementia-care foundation established by Queen Silvia of Sweden. The project […]

7 August 2019

New Egypt capital to feature vertical forest apartments

The New Administrative Capital of Egypt is being built in the desert 30 miles from Cairo. It will contain the main government departments and foreign embassies. The Italian architect Stefano Boeri has been commissioned to design a number of cube-shaped vertical forest apartments blocks. The buildings will be use an innovative vertical forest concept for the first time in […]

6 August 2019

Athens builds ‘green corridors’ to combat climate heatwaves

After decades of intense urbanisation, Athens is pioneering the design of green, nature-based infrastructure to cool the city and counter climate change. The urban fabric of Athens is made up of dense constructions that cover 80% of the city’s surface. All that asphalt and concrete retains the heat during the extended heatwaves to which the […]

2 August 2019

BUILD UPON2: next phase in boosting low carbon building renovation

The World Green Building Council’s European network in collaboration with eight cities and partners announced the launch of BUILD UPON 2, the next phase of the world’s largest collaborative project on building renovation. With cities across the world declaring climate emergencies and climate action high up on the agenda for the European elections, this European Union […]

26 July 2019

EU creates €10 billion fund to strengthen circular economy

Five major banks located and operating within the European Union (EU) have agreed to work with the European Investment Bank (EIB) on a €10bn initiative to promote circular economy projects. The Joint Initiative on Circular Economy (JICE) will take place over the next five years and will be overseen by the EIB. In addition, five […]

17 July 2019

775 cities in 16 countries back ‘climate emergency’ call

The latest research from the Crowther Lab predicts that Madrid’s climate in 2050 will resemble Marrakech’s climate today, Stockholm will resemble Budapest, London will be more like Barcelona, and Tokyo’s climate will more closely resemble Changsha’s. In addition, 22 % of cities will experience climate conditions that are not currently experienced by any existing major […]

16 July 2019

Recycling of construction waste at centre of award winning Oslo development project

One of the winners of the C40 Cities ‘Reinventing Cities competition’ is a project of the Municipality of Oslo to create a residential and commercial space with ambitious carbon-neutral and net-zero energy goals. C40 Cities, an international network of 94 municipalities committed to realizing the goals of the Paris Agreement. The ‘RECIPE FOR FUTURE LIVING’ […]

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