Sustainability in Development
The newly-completed office building for Christies Care on a rural site in Suffolk is perhaps Nicholas Hare’s greenest building yet. The design followed Passivhaus principles and achieved an EPC ‘A’ rating. It is largely built of wood; the external cladding is of specially treated, unpainted timber boards and the superstructure is of cross-laminated timber. Furthermore, it was erected in three weeks.
A pioneering low-carbon housing development in Sheffield has used Marley Eternit’s fibre cement slates, cladding and profiled sheeting to create a striking, long-lasting aesthetic that is challenging the conventions of urban design.
BuroHappold Engineering has won three prestigious accolades at the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards. All three were presented for the outstanding refurbishment of a 1960s Brutalist icon, now named the ‘David Attenborough Building’; the ‘Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year’, the ‘Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension’ and the ‘Considerate Contractors’ awards.
Developer Bloor Homes has opted for a centralised LPG supply from Flogas to power its brand-new, off-grid housing development in Suffolk. Not only does the new miniature LPG grid deliver instant and reliable gas to residents, but it also helps ensure the development meets the minimum new-build efficiency requirements outlined in Building Regulations.
An innovative new waterside neighbourhood in Nottingham – earning a name for its stand-out, low-energy credentials – is proving popular with home-buyers who are keen to invest in the green agenda.