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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23 February 2017 | by

Typical concrete comprises cement, water, gravel and sand. While this mixture makes the substance hard and strong, it does not promote flexibility. Thus concrete is brittle and prone to cracks if too much weight is applied. What if it could be more bendable?

15 February 2017 | by

Building successful UK sectors in smart cities, cyber and physical security and realising the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of the Digital Built Britain initiative. But what is the IoT and how can construction make the most of the opportunities it affords?

14 February 2017 | by

In Contemporary Vernacular Design Clare Nash articulates a passionate plea for a return to vernacular principles to prevent built environments lacking in identity, diversity and spirit. With 26 case studies this is a book packed with practical example and highly accessible as a result.

09 February 2017 | by

The green agenda has moved on. So, what does it mean to build sustainably today? Regenerative Development and Design: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability attempts to reconnect the wider environmental ecosystem and drive change.

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.

07 February 2017 | by

Is the green belt a sustainable idea in a time of housing crisis? Alister Scott, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning at Northumbria University and puts the case for greater strategic cross-boundary planning.

25 January 2017 | by

Landfills have been and continue to be the primary go-to method for disposing construction waste but can more be done to cut the amount of material going to waste?

12 January 2017 | by

Policymakers are looking for your help to understand how best to unlock carbon and bill savings in non-domestic buildings that currently account for 12% of greenhouse gas emissions.

05 January 2017 | by

Windows are one of the most important elements of a building’s thermal envelope; providing aesthetics, letting in light, helping control sound, and serving as a means of natural ventilation. The history of windows is enmeshed in the history of architecture, and their evolving design is a tribute to not only architectural advancement, but to the progression of framing materials and glass manufacturing.

09 December 2016 | by

In FutuREstorative Martin Brown reignites the green agenda by reframing the debate and advocating a radical change in direction.

28 November 2016 | by

Most of a building’s problems can be traced to moisture. It causes wood to decay, concrete to crack, fungus to grow, metals to corrode, pipes to burst (from the cycle of freezing and thawing), and it damages and discolours interior finishes. Understand moisture and you can prevent damp occuring.

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