The environmental benefits of using timber in the construction of tall buildings are compelling

Three years ago, the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London led to the deaths of 72 and the disruption of lives of many more. A ban on constructing with timber is one of the more misguided responses to Grenfell according to Rowan Moore in an article on The Guardian website. What are your views? … Continue reading The environmental benefits of using timber in the construction of tall buildings are compelling

Brace yourselves for the dawn of the New Stone Age

A recent exhibition in London has shown the innovations and the benefits of using stone more effectively as a building material.  Oliver Wainwright explains in an article in The Guardian. The miracle new sustainable product that's revolutionising architecture – stone! A long stone plank stands on Store Street in central London, raised on triangular wooden … Continue reading Brace yourselves for the dawn of the New Stone Age

Buildings can be designed to keep the heat out and avoid air conditioning

In Europe we have gone through an incredibly hot period and there is every likelihood there will be more. Aurore Julien, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design at the University of East London gives her views on The Conversation website about what design changes are need to cool buildings without air conditioning.   How to keep … Continue reading Buildings can be designed to keep the heat out and avoid air conditioning

“Sustainability” becoming standard practice for architects

Tom Dennis writes on the Prairie Business website about the changing environment for architects. Do you see the same developments in your country?   On beyond energy efficiency: For architects, ‘sustainability’ now means so much more GRAND FORKS – Jim Galloway agrees: “In architecture these days, there are fads, there are trends and there are … Continue reading “Sustainability” becoming standard practice for architects