Europe

Macquarie finalises UK green bank purchase

Australian-owned Macquarie Group has completed the acquisition of the UK Green Investment Bank from the British Government for a price of £2.3 billion (AU$3.7b). However, despite the company’s pledge to…

London sets out plan to become world’s greenest city

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says he wants London to be the world’s greenest global city by 2050. He has set out his aims – including zero waste, zero carbon buildings and 100 per cent renewable energy – in a draft London Environment Strategy.

Garden city

How to build a garden city: Part 2

Modern garden cities and one planet developments The Art of Building a Garden City: Designing new communities for the 21st Century is an ambitious new book that attempts to both…

Garden city

How to build a garden city: Part 1

An ambitious new book is a thorough attempt both to tell the history of the garden city movement in Britain and to provide guidance on planning and creating such a city now.

Europe starts work on making buildings smarter

The European Commission is proposing that a voluntary scheme for rating the “smart readiness” of buildings be adopted by the end of 2019. This scheme will include the development of…

Were Grenfell residents killed by political decisions?

The Westminster government is facing accusations tantamount to murder after the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, where hundreds of people are suspected to have died due to decisions on…

Post-occupancy study shows Passivhaus saves a fortune

The UK’s first document archive to be built to Passivhaus standard has saved the owners about £60,000 (AU$103,000) a year in bills, a post-occupancy study has revealed. The savings are…