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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".

edie has rounded-up some exemplary examples of companies embracing the green building concept, and placing it at the heart of headquarters and facilities alike

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.

The building, which opened in June 2015, consists of a 432 solar roof array that generates 20% of BAR’s energy needs ©Shaun Roster

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 will be of use to all stakeholders responsible for delivering and managing infrastructure assets. Photo:  Duncan Symonds/Twitter

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.

Buildings in London are currently emitting 32m metric tonnes of CO2 annually, compared to the two million emitted by building in Paris

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.

The BREEAM Outstanding rating was given, in large, due to the use of the biomass energy centre

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.

AECOM's Ant Wilson highlighted the Government’s U-turn on the zero-carbon homes policy as a reason why the built environment is failing to grasp what is considered sustainable

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.

The World Green Building Trends study reveals that global green building continues to double every three years

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.

Ahead of the America's Cup, Land Rover BAR have announced some the sustainability measures at their new headquarters

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.

Kingspan was one of more than 200 businesses to sign a letter condemning the Government's halt of its zero-carbon homes policy

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".

The roastery, due to be opened in early 2017, will also have solar thermal technology to heat water and full LED lighting.

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.

The Cognicity Challenge was set up to identify and pilot smart-city technology on the Canary Wharf estate.

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.

The recent addition to London's skyline produces its own electricity through solar panels and hydrogen fuel

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.

Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. Photo courtesy of Shaun Roster

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.

The hub hotel achieved over 85% in the worldwide environmental rating system for buildings due to its state-of-the-art heat, cooling and energy saving technologies

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.

The BAR HQ is currently under construction on the Camber in Portsmouth

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.

The Enterprise Centre has less than a quarter of the embedded carbon of a normal building

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's Broxbourne print site in Hertfordshire has reduced waste-to-landfill for non-paper waste by 75%

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.

The study found that achieveing higher BREEAM ratings, and more challenging levels of sustainability, incurs some additional cost, but this is typically less than 2%

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.

An artists impression of the Yubileyniy Stadium planned for 2018 in Saransk. pic: Gradproject CJSC Moscow

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.

Mauro Montello of climate control systems provider Climaveneta

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.

The report reveals that 470,000 flights arrived and departed from Heathrow during 2013

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.

The John Lewis Spa and Wellbing Centre on the banks of the Bala Lake is now fuelled by a biomass boiler

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's 5.8MW solar array is estimated to generate more than 30% of the Engine Manufacturing Centre's energy requirements

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's nine storey headquarters at One Embankment Place in London has achieved a 96.31% BREEAM Outstanding score

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 headquarters in Manchester cost £105m and has been officially opened by the Queen

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.

The 400,000sqft development is recognisable by its multi-coloured citrus thermal-efficient façade

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.

Kingspan Renewables commercial sales manager Ian Moore, Eco Environments David Hunt and Armstrong Properties Dave Armstrong

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.

Kit Beazley, Triodos' Head of Finance, on the roof at the bank's headquarters in Bristol

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.

The new lighter bottles rolling off production lines in Buxton

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.

An artist's impression of the new store

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's eco-homes are expected to come with a hefty price tag

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.

Future vision: an artist's impression of how the library will look

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

Beyond Bali

After all the sound and fury, what did the Bali roadmap portend for the property sector, asks Richard Burge

Zero tolerance

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
Jitendra Patel

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

Better buildings

Tom Harvey of the Building Research Establishment explains BREEAM Offices 2004

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