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We are building a substantial resource of useful information on sustainability. Keep coming back to find what's been added.

From presenting the practice and sourcing information to practice housekeeping like recycling and green tariff electricity – a guide to greening your practice based around how 15 practices are currently doing it.

Practical information drawn together from the 15 practices to help you build a greener practice. Covers, green electricity, carbon offset schemes, Cycle to Work scheme, BS EN ISO 14001 and the RIAS Sustainable Building Design Accreditation.

What's inspiring 15 designers in designing more sustainability – from buildings, books/information, people/organisations, material & components, events, websites, and anything else that makes a difference.

To start this area we have selected around 60 buildings from our database of more than 550 buildings that seek to advance sustainability.

The opportunities and practicalities of renewable energy sources at the building project scale.


Greening Your Practice - Part 1
How can you make the way you work as a practice greener? We've talked to 15 practices with a track record for sustainable design about how they operate as practices. How do they see the client scene changing? How do they structure discussions with clients? Is a regional architecture developing? How is knowledge managed and learning developed?
(First published AJ 20.07.06)

Greening Your Practice – Part 2
In Part 2 we look at how these practices deliver projects – product and technology choice, bemoaning contractors or getting very hands-on with product sourcing and on site – plus practice housekeeping – like carbon offset for travel, cycling and recycling – not forgetting a practice Pilates class and a practice allotment.
(First published AJ 27.07.06)

15 Practice Case Studies
The 15 Practices we talked to were: Acanthus Holden Architects, Architype, Associated Architects, Atelier Ten, Atkins, BBM Sustainable Design, ECD, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Jestico + Whiles, John Gilbert Architects, Jon Broome Architects, Mansel Architects, MAST Architects, PRP, White Design. Click to see the set of case studies.

Images: Baldy's Garden (BBM Sustainable Design);NorthumbriaUniversity(Atkins); Yale campus (Atelier Ten).


Click on any of the following headings for further information:

· Green Electricity

· Carbon Offset Schemes

· Cycle to Work Scheme

· BS EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

· RIAS Sustainable Building Design Accreditation


What inspires people who seek to design sustainable buildings? We asked a designer from each of the 15 practices involved in our Greening Your Practice project to pick something for all of the headings below that has inspired them in terms of sustainability:

· Buildings

· Books/information resources

· People/organisations

· Materials/components

· Regular events

· Websites

· Something else that makes a difference

Click any of these seven headings to find how the 15 designers responded to it.

The images above are a few of the buildings that inspire some of our 15: Asplund's Woodland Crematorium, Hundertwasser's housing, Thomas Herzog's roof for Expo 2000 in Hanover and the Hockerton Housing Project.


Here are buildings where the architect has sought to design more sustainably. Follow through the links to:

· Offices

· Residential

· Education

· Culture, Arts, Leisure

Plus a few for:

· Health

· Industrial

· Retail

· Sport

· Public Service

where you can see these buildings listed. Then click through to an AJ Building Study online, or before that check it out using the summary paragraph of the sustainability features of the building.


This section combines four recent topics from the AJ, extended for the web – a Renewables overview, Biomass & CHP, Ground source heat hump systems and Solar thermal. There are also three studies specially written for the web, on Photovoltaics, Small-scale wind and on Labyrinths & buried tubes. For all seven we have also included further information and sources of help plus links to installers and to grant-awarding bodies.

· Renewables overview

· Biomass & CHP

· Ground source heat pump systems

· Labyrinths & earth tubes

· Small-scale wind

· Solar thermal

· Photovoltaics

· Fuel Cells

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