The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the SDU have cowritten guidance which will help the NHS reduce construction waste. The guidance is aimed at halving the amount of construction waste going to landfill at a time when landfill costs are rising. The report sets out ways that NHS organisations can improve the sustainability of building works being carried out. See the PDF below for more information.
The UK government policy requires that all future non-residential or
mixed-use developments above 1000 m2 should provide at
least 10% of their energy requirements from on-site renewable energy
generation. Wind energy produced from building-mounted wind turbines could be
expected to provide a proportion of this renewable energy. Putting a wind turbine on top of a tall building is a highly visual way to shout about green credentials, but minor changes in rooftop positioning can make a world of difference when it comes to actual energy generation. Built environment experts BRE have been putting their wind tunnel to
good use, measuring speed and turbulence over thousands of spots on the
roofs of a series of scale models representing high rise and medium rise
This seminar will help to
increase the understanding of what makes building materials sustainable. The
choice of materials is governed by a host of factors including function,
cost, and sustainability. The seminar will help to identify the synergies
between these factors and answer questions such as: How does materials choice
affect design and how can more sustainable materials enable more sustainable
design? What are the links between materials choice and the health of
buildings? How can sustainable materials help to protect and enhance historic
buildings? How can these materials help to gain additional credits as part of a
Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM Assessment? Fee: £160 plus VAT (£188 inc).
15 April is the closing date for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award. Public sector clients, architects, project managers, built
environment professionals and contractors are invited to enter the 2010
Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.
Powerpoint presentation (in PDF format) given by Adrian Eggleton of Gloucestershire 2gether at the HefmA 'carbon redution workshop' on 09 October 2009. The presentation covers aspects of the Trust's new build Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, which incorporated sustainable build guidelines and technologies.