Sustainability

Deliver ecologically mindful projects that work in harmony with the living environment today and tomorrow too. Tap into specialist insight and analysis on Sustainability from NBS.


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29 October 2015 | by

The increasing popularity of green façades, living and brown walls comes under scrutiny in the first of a three part series.

28 January 2016 | by

An estimated 50 million litres of waste decorative paint is generated in the UK each year. A new industry-led project aims to create a circular economy for such paint, to stop it ending up in landfill.

08 February 2017 | by

Are electric highways the answer to the range problem? Harry Hoster explores the potential for electric vehicle charging without the wires and muses on a dense network of roads that can charge vehicles on the move.

26 October 2016 | by

Renewable sources of energy have surpassed coal in the past year to become the largest source of installed power capacity in the world according to a new International Energy Agency study.

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12 July 2017 | by

We explore papercrete - an industrial-strength papier maché - for construction. Our guide focuses on its origins, key components and mixing, key characteristics and potential applications.

11 July 2017 | by

The CE Mark has become familiar and seemingly ubiquitous but what does it actually signify? What products does it apply to? What does a CE Mark mean in terms of trade? We explore what the mark means for manufacturers looking to trade and end users looking to buy products.

28 June 2017 | by

An ageing population means massive changes to our healthcare provision. Technology gives us the tools to shift focus from cure to prevention. What role do architects have in rising to these challenges? The team at AD find out...

20 June 2017 | by

By 2045, an estimated 6 billion people will be living in cities. That means an enormous amount of showers flowing, toilets flushing, and sinks being filled. Dragan Savic from the University of Exeter explains why the 'invisible utility' should be at the heart of smart city plans.

25 May 2017 | by

Evidence suggests that green space is good for us bringing physical and mental health benefits and a range of positive social, environmental and equity outcomes. But how best to deliver these benefits with finite resources? We look for guidance...

25 May 2017 | by

Wood: done good. A beautifully-illustrated, breathtaking, thought-provoking love letter to one of the most enduring construction materials. Join William Hall for a tour of the world's best timber architecture.

13 April 2017 | by

Think of a skyscraper and you likely envisage a imposing monolithic structure made of steel and glass. Strong, sturdy, predictable. Dull? But a new wave of buildings are turning to a more traditional building material – timber – to deliver imaginative and eco-friendly projects, even at altitude.

What makes a city street “tick”? What gives it that essential but elusive quality of a desirable “ambience”?

29 March 2017 | by

The Swedish-headquartered purveyor of MALMs, EKTORPs and BILLY bookcases is set to make a play for the smart lighting market with its new TRÅDFRI range. With BSRIA estimating that the smart home and light market in the UK is set to grow by almost 30% in 2017 is it time to start specifying smart tech? We look to shed some light on the subject.

27 March 2017 | by

ICE’s State of the Nation 2017 report looks at how advances in digital technology and data are transforming how we design, deliver and operate infrastructure.

22 March 2017 | by

Simple measures can easily be included in new buildings, and retrofitted to old, to help reduce householders' water usage often at little or no cost to the developer. We explore key considerations when designing for the efficient use of water.

15 March 2017 | by

Improving air quality, increasing natural light and introducing greenery can have a real and significant impact on your employees and the company's bottom line too.

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