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Overcoming Challenges to Design Affordable and Sustainable Social Housing

The Government’s Future Homes and Building Regulations Standard requires all houses built from 2025 to produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than homes delivered under current regulations. We heard from Karen Lythe, Assistant Director of Strategic Housing, and Matthew Clarkson, Design and Construction Services Manager at Doncaster Council about overcoming challenges to deliver the council’s House Build Programme in line with the Future Homes Standard.

The Environmental Benefits of Hybrid Working

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. We heard from Andy Nolan, Director of Development and Sustainability at the University of Nottingham, shared with us some recent research into the environmental benefits of hybrid working.

In Conversation: Becoming a Net-Zero University, Turning Ambitions into Reality

In recent years higher education providers have made efforts to improve sustainability; most UK universities now have sustainability pledges. The University of Nottingham is at the forefront of this movement, with carbon reduction targets in place across all its campuses. We spoke to Andy Nolan, the Director of Sustainability and Development at the University of Nottingham about turning these ambitions into reality.

Developing an Effective Climate Action Plan in Local Government

Local Authorities are responsible for generating climate action plans to promote sustainability and carbon neutrality in their areas. Paul O'Brien Chief Executive at APSE discussed how to declare a climate emergency, and suggested a route for local authorities to follow when planning for green regeneration.

Lewes District Council: Sustainable Community Regeneration after Covid-19

As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recovery is a priority. Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council speaks to us about their strategy to regenerate the Lewes District using sustainable and people-centred methods.

NHS Estates: Delivering Sustainable Practice across the Estate

In October 2020, the NHS became the first national healthcare system in the world to commit to a delivering net zero carbon emissions. This case study presents the Green Plan of the Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly Health Care Partnership.