10 top tips to deliver a sustainable built environment
Continuing edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, John Lewis's sustainable development manager Phil Birch offers up 10 tips to successfully accelerate sustainable development within the built environment, despite an ongoing period of "political uncertainty".
Leading by design: 7 of the world's most eye-catching green building innovations
Ahead of edie's special 'green buildings month' of editorial content, we round up the latest green innovations and low-carbon technologies being deployed on buildings by companies across the world in an effort to drive energy efficiency and engage with employees on sustainability.
Land Rover BAR becomes first British sports team to operate BREEAM Excellent building
Sailing team Land Rover BAR has raced ahead in its quest to become the UK's most sustainable professional sports team, after becoming the first British team to operate from a BREEAM Excellent building.
PAS 2080: Construction industry welcomes new guidance on carbon reduction in infrastructure
UK construction firms have praised the release of a new common framework for reducing carbon emissions when delivering infrastructure projects, which could mark a "key step-change" in supply chain sustainability.
London's green building sector threatened by quantity over quality approach
The global rise in green buildings is providing proof that cites shouldn't be "trapped and weighed down by aging infrastructure", with a new whitepaper suggesting that London should mirror Paris's strategies in order to become the global leader on green buildings.
UK's first True Zero Carbon student campus given green light
The UK's first True Zero Carbon accredited student accommodation sites looks set to open later this year, after the University of Hertfordshire secured a BREEAM Outstanding rating for a new £120m campus building.
Policies 'getting in the way' of green building design, construction giant warns
EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of efficient and sustainable building practices is being hindered by Government and Mayoral politics which are attempting to "promise the Earth" rather than incentivising the built environment, infrastructure and construction firm AECOM has claimed.
Global green buildings 'to double by 2018', study finds
The number of companies that have more than 60% of their building projects certified 'green' is expected to more than double over the next two years, according to a new study.
Ben Ainslie Racing team sails ahead with sustainable headquarters
At the launch of the America's Cup World Series sailing championship, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing has announced the sustainability measures in place at its recently finished team headquarters in Portsmouth.
New insulation technology could boost building efficiency by 20%
Kingspan Insulation has developed what it calls "the most significant insulated panel technology breakthrough in a decade".
Costa serves up plan for 'zero-energy' coffee roastery
Costa Coffee has announced plans to build a new £36m eco-friendly coffee bean roastery to cope with growing UK demand.
Canary Wharf to pilot data-driven building efficiency projects
An open-source Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform and a 'Connected Home' app could be rolled out in London thanks to new funding through a smart-city technology competition.
London's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper achieves top sustainability rating
One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.
Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie calls on sports teams to champion sustainability
Four time Olympic gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie has called on the UK's sporting organisations to raise the profile of sustainability, as the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team's new energy efficient headquarters in Portsmouth reaches its final stages of construction.
Whitbread's hub by Premier Inn hotel achieves 'Outstanding' BREEAM first
The hub by Premier Inn in London's Covent Garden has become the first hotel to achieve an 'Outstanding' BREEAM rating at design stage.
Ben Ainslie announces solar-powered sailing base
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) - the Americas Cup sailing team led by the four-time Olympic gold medallist - has announced that its groundbreaking new headquarters will be powered completely by renewable energy.
Adapt develops 'UK's greenest commercial building'
A new project at the University of East Anglia is being dubbed the UK's greenest commercial building, thanks to a range of innovative low-carbon design and maintenance initiatives.
News UK awarded 'ultimate accolade' by Carbon Trust'
A 44% reduction in water consumption at one printing plant and a 75% reduction in waste-to-landfill at another has helped News UK achieve The Carbon Trust Triple Standard certification.
Study challenges belief that green buildings carry high cost premium
Perceptions that sustainable buildings are more expensive to construct have been challenged by new research, which has found that achieving lower BREEAM ratings can incur little or no additional cost.
Russia goes green with 2018 World Cup preparations
With the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil now over, planning and construction is already underway in the 2018 host nation Russia, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.
Greener buildings: Bringing low-carbon construction into the mainstream
How far has sustainable construction come in the past decade? With exemplar buildings like the WWF's Living Planet Centre taking centre-stage in the current sustainable construction hall of fame, how well are eco-innovations trickling down to more 'everyday' developments? Mauro Montello investigates.
Responsible Heathrow 2020: Airport sets out sustainability targets
The UK's largest airport has set out 10 steps it will be taking to reduce environmental impact, invest in local communities and support economic growth as part of its 2020 sustainability goals.
John Lewis adds biomass to sustainability credentials
The John Lewis Partnership has upped its commitment to wood heating with the installation of a Euroheat biomass boiler at a new-build spa and wellness centre for its staff.
Jaguar Land Rover completes 'UK's largest rooftop solar array' at Staffordshire facility
Jaguar Land Rover has completed the installation of 21,000 photovoltaic panels at its new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Staffordshire, making it the UK's largest rooftop solar panel array.
Stockholm sets out plans to improve sustainability of its buildings
The city of Stockholm is unveiling plans to improve the sustainability performance of its buildings by increasing its use of building assessment method BREEAM.
PwC HQ achieves highest sustainability score ever awarded
Professional services firm Pricewater-houseCooper's (PwC) newly refurbished headquarters has surpassed all BREEAM scores to date for both new build and existing structures.
Co-op's new HQ is world's most environmentally-friendly building
The Co-operative Group's new head office in Manchester has been declared the most environmentally-friendly building in the world after receiving the highest sustainability score ever awarded.
St Giles looks to next stage of building sustainability
Central St Giles, a former Ministry of Defence building near Tottenham Court Road and New Oxford Street, London has undergone a complete transformation to become an exemplar for sustainable and holistic development.
Bombay Sapphire distillery world's first to achieve highest level of sustainable construction
A Bombay Sapphire gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become the first distillery to achieve the highest level of sustainable construction under the BREEAM accreditation.
Building on sustainable choices
Clients are more inclined to take on construction teams that aim to meet environmental standards. Gareth Moores explains why sustainability has become a significant consideration on all projects.
Moving in with energy efficiency
The Government is tackling the UK's building emissions challenge in the residential sector through the Green Deal and ECO. But what about the non-residential side - commercial and industrial buildings in particular, asks Alex Savidis.
Energy bills abolished with UK's first 'zero-energy cost' business park
The first zero-energy cost business park, which will see tenants free of energy bills, was launched in Greater Manchester.
Siemens crystallises thinking on smart sustainable cities
Siemens has positioned itself at the forefront of urbanisation technology with the unveiling of The Crystal in London - the world's largest showcase dedicated to greening future cities.
Green bank on track to cut CO2 emissions with solar roof
Triodos, a bank that invests in environmentally and socially sustainable projects, has reduced its carbon emissions through its recently installed solar panel array at its headquarters in Bristol.
Nestlé shows real bottle in lightweight packaging
Nestlé Waters claims to have developed the UK's lightest bottled water product with the opening of its new £35m production factory in Buxton last week.
M&S set to launch flagship eco-store
Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for its largest sustainable store yet as part of its Plan A commitment in Cheshire Oaks near Ellesmere Port.
Damien Hirst eco-homes 'out of reach' for ordinary buyers
Plans by controversial artist Damien Hirst to build 500 eco-homes in North Devon have been greeted with optimism by sustainability experts, but some question whether the scheme will do much to promote affordable housing.
Green construction in action: Library of Birmingham
It has been hailed as a people's palace - and one of the most significant cultural projects undertaken in the UK for years that is set to transform the lives of millions. As the striking new Library of Birmingham takes shape, Simon Dingle explains how a clear sustainability plan was the key to Carillion's successful bid to become Birmingham City Council's construction partner on the project
Natural wonder: Biodiversity strategies in action
Urban areas can provide homes for many species and plants that bring a multitude of benefits to the population. Dr Richard Delahay and Mark Line, explain why companies should strive to contribute to a richer environment by enhancing the biodiversity
LEED vs BREEAM: What's best?
The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system is starting to gain ground in the UK, but can it challenge the dominance of BREEAM, the UK's design and assessment method for sustainable buildings? Dave Cheshire reports
After all the sound and fury, what did the Bali roadmap portend for the property sector, asks Richard Burge
Tough on carbon, tough on the causes of carbon, was the Government's stance - as it quietly announced that all new non-domestic buildings would have to be zero-carbon rated by 2019. Mark Lupton analyses the likely impacts of the ambitious target
Lean manufacturing made simple
Tom Idle paid a visit office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller to find out more about its impressive new offices, built to the latest environmental standards. But, besides the shiny new building, he found a company at the leading edge of sustainable practice
Never knowingly unsustainable
The compatibility of sustainability and good business is exemplified by John Lewis's recently-opened distribution centre in Milton Keynes
One green bottle
Adnams prides itself on being one of the most eco-efficient brewery companies in Europe. John Haven investigates
Pushing the boundaries of design
With buildings accounting for 40% of the UK's carbon emissions, the construction industry has an important role to play. John Haven paid a visit to Wiltshire, home to the latest scheme showcasing its environmental credentials
Ecobuild: Bigger than ever
Dubbed as Britain's biggest green building information programme, Ecobuild will showcase truly sustainable construction in action. John Haven reports
Ikea begins bag revolution
When Tom Idle visited Ikea to ask UK environment manager Charlie Browne why it decided to charge for its carrier bags, he met a company constantly striving to be the best
Keen to be green
Barclays Bank details the environmental considerations at the heart of its new building
Tom Harvey of the Building Research Establishment explains BREEAM Offices 2004