Hemel Hempstead set to welcome 'world's most sustainable residential tower'
The town of Hemel Hempstead is poised to welcome the world's "most sustainable residential tower" to its ranks in 2018, after Lumiere Developments unveiled the range of technologies it has turned to in order to create The Beacon.
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".
Green buildings deliver better thinking and better health, study finds
Employees working in certified 'green' buildings are likely to have better cognitive abilities, fewer 'sick building' symptoms and higher sleep quality scores than those working in non-certified buildings, according to a new study conducted in the US.
Toyota set to unveil 'world's first' net zero energy automotive dealership
Motor giant Toyota is "on schedule" to unveil the world's first certified net-zero energy automotive dealership, after striking a deal with the architects of the building to collect data to ensure that the facility is producing more energy than it uses.
Laying the foundations for a more sustainable built environment
Kicking off edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) chief executive Terri Wills argues it is time to change our perspectives on the buildings we use every day, and start seeing them as an integral part of the solution to global warming.
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.
Canary Wharf Group slashes emissions through technology and ISO frameworks
Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has boosted its energy efficiency credentials during the past year through improved building energy performance and the implementation of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiency across the business.
Building industry calls for EU-wide 2050 energy efficiency vision
A coalition of industry-leading businesses from the building sector including AkzoNobel, Philips Lighting and Siemens have urged the European Commission (EC) to implement continent-wide action to improve the energy efficiency of Europe's building stock.
Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?
It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?
UK's smart city transition 'essential' to combating rising energy demand
A surge in urban expansion, economic growth and the integration of new technology will lead to UK cities embracing renewable energy sources as part of a transition to smart cities, in order to cope with growing energy demand.
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.
Ground-breaking 'net zero' buildings project launched by WorldGBC
All of the world's buildings will be 'net zero' emissions by 2050, under a bold, pioneering plan unveiled today (28 June) by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).
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.
'Neglected' Green Deal failed on energy savings, report finds
The UK Government's recently-folded Green Deal scheme to insulate and provide on-site renewable generation to homes delivered just 30% of what predecessor schemes achieved in terms of carbon reductions, a new report has found.
Zero Carbon Hub closes following green building policy changes
An influential public-private body tasked with transitioning all new homes to be built under zero-carbon regulations has today (31 March) confirmed it has ceased operations following the Government's controversial decision to stop pursuing zero-homes targets.
World's largest retrofit project launched to slash building emissions
The world's largest collaborative project on existing buildings has been launched across Europe as nations attempt to implement 'renovation strategies' in an effort to lower emissions in existing buildings across the continent.
Government urged to steer green housing policy 'away from future misery'
The Government will create 'future misery' for homeowners if it doesn't reverse its decision to scrap the zero-carbon homes requirement and Code for Sustainable Homes, the National Policy for the Built Environment Committee has said.
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.
Data exchange platform launched to stimulate green building construction
The UK Government has established a new online platform aimed at stimulating innovation and informing construction companies of best practice when it comes to developing greener buildings.
Greener shops could boost profits, says Green Building Council
Retailers can boost their profits by providing greener, 'healthier' stores, a major new report from the World Green Building Council (WGBC) has claimed.
Groundbreaking house can power itself and two neighbours
A new contender for Britain's greenest home has been unveiled in North Yorkshire.
Costa opens first 'zero-energy' coffee shop
Coffee shop chain Costa has launched a new 'Eco Pod' cafe concept, incorporating an array of innovative energy-saving technologies that could have a huge impact on the future of sustainable building design in the hospitality sector.
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.
Greener buildings could save UK £12bn a year says SEA energy manifesto
INFOGRAPHIC: A new manifesto published today (7 July) by the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has calculated that the UK could save £12.1billion per year by 2050 by focusing energy policy on greener buildings.
50,000 LEDs installed in National Car Parks estate
National Car Parks (NCP) has installed its 50,000th LED luminaire, completing the first phase of planned installations ahead of schedule.
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.
Green Deal Home Improvement Fund launched to incentivise homeowners
The Government is set to breathe new life into its ailing Green Deal with the launch of a new Home Improvement Fund that will offer thousands of pounds to homeowners implementing energy efficiency improvements.
Workforce productivity improves with green buildings, says WorldGBC
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is today launching a major global project which aims to help define the health and productivity benefits of green office buildings.
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.
Business case for green buildings evolving as markets mature
Properties with enhanced green credentials will have increased marketability, as property investors and businesses become increasingly more knowledgeable about the environmental and social impacts of the built environment, according to a new report.
Sustainability failing in retail sector due to 'landlord mistrust'
Most shopping centre retailers are not buying into the sustainability agenda due to mistrust issues around leasing arrangements, according to new research.
UK ranked in top six for using tax as green policy tool
The UK is one of the top six active countries to successfully use tax as a tool to drive sustainable corporate behaviour and achieving green policy goals.
Sustainability big 'turn on' for employees but corporate desire is lacking
Business has a clear role to play in encouraging staff to adopt more sustainable lifestyles as office-based green actions are shown to be highly influential on a wider level.
Sustainable building makes 'clear business sense'
Green buildings can be delivered at increasingly competitive prices compared with conventional construction, investments can be recouped through operational cost savings, and command higher rents and sale prices, according to a report.
Green construction presents global profit opportunity
Business strategy around the world is shifting its focus to sustainable building as firms seek to profit from innovation in the built environment.
Ireland faces uphill struggle to meet EU energy targets
One million Irish buildings need to undergo energy upgrades by 2020 in order to meet EU legal requirements, according to a survey.
RBS sets new environmental targets
Banking group RBS has unveiled plans to reduce energy, water and waste in its operations by around 15% by 2014 as part of its wider ambition of saving £200m by 2020.
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.
Shipping containers provide office space for start-ups
A pioneering initiative to create a commercial building using old shipping containers has been completed as part of a £1.2m sustainable project in Sunderland.
Wales commits to a low carbon economy
The Welsh Government has unveiled plans to utilise tidal energy in a bid to help businesses benefit from energy efficiency opportunities and stimulate Wales' job market.
Whitbread focuses on energy efficiency
Armed with a new list of expert recommendations, Whitbread is aiming to lead the hospitality sector towards sustainability
Virgin boss says 'screw business as usual'
Business superstar Richard Branson is calling on entrepreneurs to put environmental and social issues at the core of their business models and take part in a global competition to become a "force for good".
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
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
What about this lot?
While the new-build sector gears up for the 2016 zero-carbon challenge, it is the other 95% of buildings that already exist that will prove a much tougher nut to crack. Tom Idle met with Land Securities Trillium, the UK's largest property manager, to find out what can be done. "There's nothing complicated in managing buildings properly," he is told
Architects gear up for broader challenge
The built environment accounts for nearly half of the UK's carbon emissions - yet we need three million more homes by 2020. Mark Lupton looks at the widening role of the architect in a sector that is becoming increasingly complex