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A new interactive website for our National Character Area profiles

Industry News A new interactive website for our National Character Area profiles Sally Marshall, Principal Landscape Adviser, Natural England, and Associate Member, Landscape Institute, takes a look at the Natural England’s new National Character Area map. Read the full article here Share this article: Read more:

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Time to act on carbon capture and reduction

Industry News Time to act on carbon capture and reduction A closer look at the recommendations for future action made in the Landscape & Carbon report, by the Landscape Institute and the British Association of Landscape Architects, and how you can get involved. Read the full article here Share this article: Read more:

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Does the builder-developer model need to change?

Industry News Does the builder-developer model need to change? The Grenfell Inquiry’s report to the government reveals the industry’s reputation for overspends, overruns, and poor quality, with fragmentation causing client involvement and best practices involving negotiated, collaborative procurement methods. Read the full article here Share this article: Read more:

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Change in design culture

Industry News Change in design culture The current building design neglects future changes, causing waste and construction waste. To support planned changes, designers should integrate reusing and transformative principles, use renewable resources, align product development and design, and implement lifelong learning initiatives. Read the full article here Share this article: Read more:

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Retrofit revolution: how do we decarbonise the UK’s homes?

Industry News Santander report urges government action on home retrofitting to tackle climate crisis The UK Green Building Council predicts 29 million homes needing retrofitting by 2050, with 15 million by the end of this decade. A large-scale, long-term government project is needed. Read the full article here Share this article: Read more:

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Santander report urges government action on home retrofitting to tackle climate crisis

Industry News Santander report urges government action on home retrofitting to tackle climate crisis Santander’s survey reveals a gap in UK homeowners’ awareness of energy efficiency improvements, with 48% acknowledging the potential benefits. However, barriers like lack of knowledge about EPC ratings, uncertainty about tradespeople, and high retrofit costs persist. Government support is needed. Read

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Businesses Launch ‘Renovation Revolution’ Campaign to Spur Decarbonisation of EU Buildings

Industry News Businesses Launch ‘Renovation Revolution’ Campaign to Spur Decarbonisation of EU Buildings A coalition of businesses has launched a new initiative to spur renovation rates across Europe, in a bid to help the European Union meet its net-zero targets. The new programme will combine companies, sub-national governments, and environmental NGOs. Read the full article

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Why Global Support for Climate Action is Systematically Underestimated

Industry News Why Global Support for Climate Action is Systematically Underestimated Image Source- bestphotoeditingapps.org There is “near-universal” global support for climate action, yet people systematically underestimate the commitment of their peers, according to research published in Nature Climate Change based on a representative sample of nearly 130,000 people in 125 countries. Read the full article here

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Daylight as a building material

Industry News Daylight as a building material Credits: Duncan Lomax, Ravage Productions Modern society often neglects natural daylight, leading to circadian darkness. Daylighting designers focus on daylight as a building material, aiming to maximize benefits while minimizing drawbacks. Principles include daylight analysis, provision, health, well-being, aesthetics, sustainability, energy efficiency, and building codes. Incorporating daylight shapes

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Why The Case For Healthy Buildings Continues To Grow

Industry News Why The Case For Healthy Buildings Continues To Grow Credits: Tom Lee/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images The demand for healthier buildings has surged due to wildfires in America, Canada, and Europe, and as people spend more time indoors, the concept of healthy buildings is becoming more important. Surveys show that 52% of British workers are

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Climate anxious? Here’s how you can turn apprehension into action.

Industry News Climate anxious? Here’s how you can turn apprehension into action Credits: Guardian Design/Getty Images Worrying about the future can be debilitating. Experts say these three things can help: Build social cohesion, to help your community weather adversity; Dispel the silence about climate crisis with open discussion; and stay abreast of international issues and

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Tackling Complacency in the Face of the Climate Crisis

Industry News Chris Skidmore: Net zero climb-down sacrifices Britain’s climate leadership for short-term gain Chris Skidmore resigns to trigger a by-election due to opposition to new oil and gas licenses, undermining Britain’s competitiveness and destabilizing business confidence, despite ambitious local leaders defending net zero policies. Read the full article here Share this article: Read more:

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UK facing ‘supply and demand’ issue over green skills and green growth – experts

Industry News UK facing ‘supply and demand’ issue over green skills and green growth – experts Credits:  Andrew Matthews/PA (PA Wire) UK faces supply and demand issue with 51% of businesses implementing green skills programs, despite 71% recognizing their importance for decarbonising economy. Local authorities should support courses, upskill programs, and unemployed training. Read the

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Built Environment: Securing a water positive future

Industry News Built Environment: Securing a water positive future Building with Nature Standards Framework includes quality standards focused on sustainable water management, at both a project and catchment-scale. The Building with Nature Water Standards encourage the effective management and use of the water that falls on and flows through the site in ways that minimise

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New green infrastructure planning policy guidance in Wales

Industry News COP28 update from UKGBC UKGBC have decided to use the momentum of COP28 to launch two new pieces of research. The first is a ‘Progress Report’ against UKGBC’s Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, providing insight into actual emissions reduction across the sector over the previous 4 years, and how this compares to the

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COP28 update from UKGBC

Industry News COP28 update from UKGBC UKGBC have decided to use the momentum of COP28 to launch two new pieces of research. The first is a ‘Progress Report’ against UKGBC’s Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, providing insight into actual emissions reduction across the sector over the previous 4 years, and how this compares to the

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Future Homes Conference success

Industry News Future Homes Conference success New homes are rapidly changing to meet the climate and environmental challenges of the 21st century. The inaugural Future Homes conference will be held on 22 November at the Institute for Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London to bring the home building community together on the roadmap to net zero and

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Biodiversity Net Gain guidance published

Industry News Biodiversity Net Gain guidance published This week Defra published a host of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) content to support industry to get ready for mandatory BNG rollout in early 2024, from statutory instruments, guidance, the statutory biodiversity metric, and habitat management and monitoring plans: Biodiversity Net Gain guidance published This week Defra published

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Seratech makes carbon neutral brick prototype from CO2 emissions

Industry News Seratech makes carbon neutral brick prototype from CO2 emissions Seratech, a climate-tech start-up, has produced its first carbon neutral brick prototype following 18 months of research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). The brick uses a magnesium carbonate binder that is produced via

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‘Air Purity Pulse Check’ report

Industry News ‘Air Purity Pulse Check’ report Dyson have released its detailed report into UK attitudes towards the importance of indoor air quality, finding that over half of people are worried about air quality impacting their health. Read the full article here. Share this article: Read more:

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Wood burning is more expensive than central heating

Industry News Wood burning is more expensive than central heating A new study by Global Action Plan and Impact on Urban health has found that not only are household wood burners bad for health and the environment (homes are twice as polluted as those without wood burners), but they are also 15% more costly to

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Carbon reduction targets have stalled in various countries over building emissions

Industry News Carbon reduction targets have stalled in various countries over building emissions Air Quality News reports on new findings that emissions from ageing housing stock are negatively affecting carbon reduction targets in several G20 countries, and that no G20 country will be able to hit targets unless serious retrofitting improvements are introduced. Read the

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