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The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

We have developed complex codes, regulations and guidelines to achieve goals such as structural safety, fire safety, adequate ventilation and energy efficiency, and to anticipate extreme scenarios such as 100-year floods. The question for architects now is whether and how the 100-year viral pandemic will change architectural design and building operations. This is the challenge … Continue reading

UK government’s plans for sustainable “garden communities” likely to create 200,000 car-dependent families

UK government’s plans for sustainable “garden communities” likely to create 200,000 car-dependent families

A study into 20 proposed developments suggests transport links and local amenities are poor with communities requiring expanded road systems. This hardly seems sustainable. Tom Bawden explains in an article on the inews website.   Garden community projects could create 200,000 car-dependent families, study suggests A flagship project to build more than 50 green housing … Continue reading

New report identifies 10 key pillars that are considered essential to the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

New report identifies 10 key pillars that are considered essential to the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) recently published a news item about a new report related to monitoring implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.   Progressing National SDGs Implementation: An Independent Assessment of the Voluntary National Review Reports Submitted to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2019 Key Messages Countries … Continue reading

New EEA report analyses ‘drivers of change’ providing insights on their impacts on EU sustainability ambitions

New EEA report analyses ‘drivers of change’ providing insights on their impacts on EU sustainability ambitions

A wide variety of rapid and long-term societal developments in Europe and globally have important effects on the environment in Europe. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published this week, analyses these ‘drivers of change’, providing insights on their impacts on EU sustainability ambitions.   Complex network of European and global developments impacts sustainability The … Continue reading

Governments seeking to protect their citizens medically and economically in the short term should also look to the long term and protect the environment

Governments seeking to protect their citizens medically and economically in the short term should also look to the long term and protect the environment

Economists at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says efforts to counteract the Covid-19 pandemic create an opportunity to “tilt to green” the large-scale recovery spending being pledged, making it a key accelerator towards a low-carbon economy. Vanora Bennett explains in an article on the EBRD website.   Spending to counteract coronavirus creates … Continue reading