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Standards for green housing in the UK
In December 2006, the government produced the final version of the Code for Sustainable Homes, calling it a ‘Step-change in sustainable home building practice’. But the Code itself is not posing a radically new idea; green building standards for homes (and other buildings) have been around for a number of years, both nationally and internationally. In the context of the emerging Code (CSH), this article will cover those schemes that are more commonly used for residential buildings in England and Wales, and which developers and architects can, and may in the future, seek to use. Nick Gardner will look at five rating systems and standards which include documentation and independent, third-party verification – three from the UK and two international standards.

An eight page article. First published in Spring 2007

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Pines Calyx - Green Business Centre
This ecological conference venue is set in the six acre, ‘Pines Garden’ of St Margaret’s Bay in Kent. Nestled within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near the white cliffs of Dover, the garden was itself reclaimed from disused land in the 1970s. The building’s commercial function as a conference and training centre provides revenues to the owners, a local environmental Trust, to continue their work in preserving and enhancing the local environment and supporting community based initiatives. Alistair Gould reports.

A five page article. First published in Spring 2007

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BREEAM ‘Excellent’ And Beyond
Recent developments for a forward thinking housing association demonstrate that the most cost effective and trouble free measures can significantly reduce environmental impacts within the budget for mainstream housing. Jon Broome reports.

A three page article. First published in Spring 2007

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Heading for Zero CO2
Are major home builders really going to be building zero carbon houses as standard within the next ten years? The flurry of announcements from different government departments before Christmas on the Code for Sustainable Homes and the future of zero carbon development were perhaps most notable for the way in which they seemed to be almost universally well-received by the industry. Kevin Telfer investigates.

A six page article. First published in Spring 2007

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Zero Carbon or Zero Reality?
The government defines a “zero-carbon” or “carbon-neutral” home as a property with “zero net emissions of carbon dioxide from all energy use in the home”. The home is designed so that there are no net CO2 emissions, averaged over a year. So far, all well and good. But is this to be tested by calculations or backed-up by measurements? And does no net emissions mean no real CO2 emissions? David Olivier believes the government is approaching the problem from the wrong viewpoint.

A three page story. First published in Spring 2007

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