Buildings & Cities
The Canary Wharf Group feel they can prove plastic pollution-free living is possible for other urban centres with their pledge to become the world's first Plastic Free Commercial Centre - joining forces with the Surfers Against Sewage campaign.
Arup is calling on arid cities to move on from a 1950s model of city planning and design, or face becoming increasingly less habitable as they become drier. The report urges cities to learn from innovative developments around the world, such as industrial-scale fog and dew harvesting and cooling pavements that can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 7 degrees.
Come and see us ! The Environment Times, as part of its 25 year celebrations will be exhibiting at Ecobuild 2018 this week, 6-8 March at ExCel in London's Docklands. Our stand number is C181. Founding Directors, Editor Duncan Ashcroft and Marketing Manager Susanne Karmy, will both be there, so come along for a chat ! Just click on the link below to register for your free ticket.
Modular buildings manufactured offsite, that are environmentally sound and go towards solving the affordable housing crisis, are set for a new product standard by BRE to change the consumer perception of poor quality 'prefabs'. The standard will be explained at the forthcoming ecobuild 2018 next month.
Nottingham is now producing almost three tonnes less of CO2 per year per person than it was in 2005, and central government statistics show that the city has smashed its climate change targets four years early. The data shows a 33% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005, beating a target set by Nottingham City Council to reach a 26% reduction by 2020.
A pioneering north of England street tree research project could hold the answer to urban flooding. Initial results from the scheme, the first of its kind in the UK, showed the trees were able to hold 40% of the water run-off and delay the rate it went back into the sewer by 2 hours.
A large art installation on the side of a building in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle district between the Anglican Cathedral and the South End Docks has incorporated moss, lichens and copper to change with the seasons, reflect air pollution and promote a positive message about ways we can improve air quality.
A bespoke energy saving eco-cabin created by construction firm J.Murphy & Sons Limited has been welcomed by its workforce throughout the UK and has helped reduce energy use by up to 70 per cent at work sites.
The benefits that all of London's trees provide have been given a monetary value in the London i-Tree Eco Project report. The quantity of these benefits – such as air quality improvement and carbon storage – is the result of the world's largest survey of a city region involving hundreds of trained volunteers.
Opinion from the The National Insulation Association: NIA shares its surprise and concerns with the Committee on Climate Change at reports that the Government intends to build 400,000 new homes in the next few years that may have to be retro-fitted with insulation and other energy saving measures to meet the UKs carbon saving targets.