Design Principles & Certifications

May 11
Designing Sustainable Office Space

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Shell and core vs Cat A office fit out? Are there are any alternatives that are more sustainable? Matt Wilderspin, Head of Project Management explores current trends in office space design and fit out and how these could improve environmental impacts. Over the past 20 years of my career, I have seen the trend of […]

Apr 11
The Benefits of BREEAM

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Neelum Mohammed, Senior Consultant in our Sustainable Engineering team discusses the BREEAM fit out and refurbishment methodology released in autumn 2014. The long awaited BREEAM non-domestic refurbishment scheme was published in October 2014. This new tool assesses the environmental impact of refurbishing or fitting out existing commercial buildings. In order to provide flexibility and accommodate […]

Jan 10
Shades Of Green – What Makes a Green Home?

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There is a lot of debate about what qualifies as a green home. While some would say if a house has a wind turbine or a few solar panels to supplement the energy used with natural renewable energy then it is a green home others might argue that even lacking any renewable energy sources a […]

Mar 11
Stockholm unveils ambitious BREEAM In-Use commitment

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The city of Stockholm is unveiling ambitious plans to increase its use of BREEAM In-Use to help manage and improve the sustainability performance of its buildings. In 2013, the city authority certified more than 30 buildings under BREEAM In-Use International, which was launched in June last year. In 2015, the city plans to have assessed […]

Feb 27
The UK’s first ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level Six’ holiday home complex, The Emerald

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Perfect Stays, the exclusive and specialist holiday letting agency, announces that one of its locations has become the UK’s first ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level Six’ holiday home complex. Situated in the heart of Cornwall not far from the coastal town of Falmouth, The Emerald is a prestigious eco development which not only boasts from […]

Feb 18
Reducing the impact of construction on the environment

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Earlier this month Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change confirmed that the UK had met its first carbon budget, the first step in fulfilling our commitment to cut Britain’s emissions by 80% in 2050. It is widely reported that buildings account for approximately half of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. BRE […]

Feb 06
BRE to collaborate on building standards in Mexico

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As part of the UK Deputy Prime Minister’s trade mission to Mexico this week, BRE has signed an agreement with the Government of central state Aguascalientes today which will pave the way for the use of BREEAM and LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) standards in Mexico. The collaboration agreement comes at a time of unprecedented […]

Feb 03
CIOB headquarters achieves Ska Gold standard

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The new headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in Bracknell have achieved a Ska Gold sustainability rating. Prior to moving from its long term home in Ascot, the Institute took the decision to create a sustainable office environment that puts technology and employee comfort at its centre. Project managed by fit-out specialists Morgan […]

Jan 30
Work starts on UK’s biggest Passive House development

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Work has begun to build the UK’s largest development of energy efficient and virtually air tight homes in the UK, which will help home-owners, reduce their energy bills and cut carbon emissions by up to 90%. Little Kelham, at Kelham Island in the heart of Sheffield will offer 107 Passive Houses built by award winning […]

Sep 25
New landmark development in Shanghai achieves BREEAM rating

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The new towers that form part of the Shanghai International Shipping Service Centre’s (SISSC) flagship marina development in China’s largest city have used BREEAM, the world’s foremost environmental assessment standard to demonstrate best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. The formal certificates were handed over on 25 September by UK Energy Secretary Ed […]

Aug 06
Government poses four zero carbon routes for housebuilders

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Consultation also considers extending allowable solutions to non-residential sector The government is seeking industry views on whether allowable solutions – the planned routes to future zero carbon housebuilding – should be extended to non-domestic buildings. It poses the question in its consultation on allowable solutions, which sets out four proposed ways for housebuilders to meet […]

Jul 14
Energy saving measures boost house prices

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Making energy saving improvements to your property could increase its value by 14 per cent on average – and up to 38 per cent in some parts of England – new research released today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals. For an average home in the country, improving its EPC (Energy […]

Jun 26
Help shape the future of sustainable refurbishment

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BRE launched a new founding member’s initiative for users of the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in Manchester yesterday. Introduced in 2012, BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Scheme provides a robust design and assessment method for refurbishment projects, helping to cost effectively improve the sustainability and environmental performance of existing dwellings. […]

Oct 28
Planet Positive Building Certification

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At the end of November 2011 Planet Positive launched a new certification for buildings, a new programme to help achieve carbon reductions, fund local and global sustainability projects and align with future regulation such as Allowable Solutions/Zero Carbon Buildings. Following our 4 step process, developers and building constructors can now take steps to verify their […]

Oct 25
Airbus lands a BREEAM Excellent

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With a total volume of more than a million cubic metres, Airbus UK’s impressive new North Factory at Broughton in Wales is one of the largest ever buildings to have achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. John Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment and Sustainability, presented Airbus with the BREEAM Excellent certificate during a ceremony at the […]

Oct 15
Passivhaus retrofit project for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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A pioneering low energy retrofit of a derelict farm building at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Stirley Community Farm in Huddersfield has just commenced work on site. The design & build project, led by Passivhaus firm Green Building Store, will transform the barn into an all-purpose, flexible educational centre and space. A super-insulated timber frame structure will be built into the […]