The rising cost of running a home set against a backdrop of economic uncertainty is a growing issue, now more so than ever before, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that approximately 3.5million households in the UK are classed as being in fuel poverty. While these figures from 2017 are […]
Housebuilders will pay higher planning contributions under new system, housing secretary says in defence of government proposals for a radical overhaul of the planning system. These have been warmly welcomed by small housebuilders but derided as shameful by critics.
Rahni Sadler and Michael Slezak of ABC’s specialist Reporting Team on national science, technology and environment highlights the case of a 23-year-old Melbourne law student who is suing the Australian Government for failing to disclose the risk climate change poses to Australians’ super and other safe investments.
Changes to the regulations governing the disposal of plastic packaging could spark a massive hike in the cost of some building materials. David Taylor reports
Kennedy & Buys, professors at Queensland University, reckon that retirement villages – walled, gated and separate seniors’ enclaves – have had their day. The word “retirement” is redundant and engagement between people of all ages is high. That’s how participants in the Longevity By Design Challenge envisage life in Australia in 2050.
There are times when the conventional publishing process struggles to keep pace with real life events. This is one such time. When I began researching this article at the beginning of March there had been no coronavirus deaths and the question of providing housing for the elderly that was designed to enable people to lead […]
Zak Garner-Purkis writes in Construction News, even the lead authors of McKinsey’s new (June) construction report were surprised by the findings. The scale and speed of the disruption predicted by the global consultant is unprecedented.
Cognitive buildings are increasingly commonplace thanks to the development of technologies that are delivering greater levels of operational control. For example, Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity can help to anticipate workplace conditions and reduce a building’s carbon footprint by cutting its energy consumption.
Coronavirus probably isn’t helping but I’ve found myself preoccupied by two particularly poignant warnings about climate change – both in the new LETI (London Energy Transformation Initiative) climate emergency design guide.
The Environment Bill was re-introduced to parliament this spring, and within it is a new requirement that will pose challenging new standards for developers and planning authorities.
“Without increased and urgent mitigation ambition in the coming years, leading to a sharp decline in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, global warming will surpass 1.5°C in the following decades, leading to irreversible loss of the most fragile ecosystems, and crisis after crisis for the most vulnerable people and societies.”