Europe

How NABERS will transform the performance of UK office buildings

A scheme to create an investment grade rating that reflects buildings’ “performance in use” based on the Australian NABERS scheme is in development in the UK and hopes to bridge the “performance gap” between design and actual performance of office buildings. But a new report shows the UK lags 15 years behind Australia.

London calling: NABERS, actually

London calling: NABERS, actually

NABERS, the NSW born and nurtured environmental rating scheme that’s become the gold standard for green buildings in Australia will soon be launched in the UK, under the guidance of one of its original architects Dr Paul Bannister.

Tackling city making and the hierarchy of needs

Australian cities are not the only ones struggling to maintain a good quality of life for their residents as populations grow. WSP’s global director of property and buildings Tom Smith…

Habitat House

New buyers and renters want eco-friendly homes

Around half of new home buyers and tenants under 40 years of age in Britain actively seek eco-aware homes, showing that the public is now more conscious of sustainability than ever before.

The universities embracing Passivhaus design

Passivhaus design, originally intended for housing, is being adapted to demanding university and other educational buildings, which have complex needs in terms of occupancy and technology.