New EU rules agreed to determine which investments are green

New EU rules agreed to determine which investments are green

EU Parliament negotiators reached an agreement with Council in late 2019 on new criteria to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable. The so-called ‘taxonomy regulation’ stipulates that the following environmental objectives should be considered when evaluating how sustainable an economic activity is: - climate change mitigation and adaptation; -

Bicester’s Eco Business Centre scoops award for planning innovation

Bicester’s Eco Business Centre scoops award for planning innovation

Bicester’s newest office and coworking space has been commended by industry experts for planning excellence. The Eco Business Centre, in North West Bicester, was developed by Cherwell District Council and is an exemplar in sustainability. It is zero carbon and is the first non-residential Passivhaus Plus building in the UK,

General Election retrofit pledges make headlines

General Election retrofit pledges make headlines

Home heating accounts for 17% of all UK carbon emissions, a fact not missed by competing political parties, as we head towards our first election with Climate Change high on the agenda.   Labour’s plan for retrofitting our existing housing stock includes installation of over 6m heat pumps, 5m solar thermal

Fordhall builds one of Britain’s biggest straw bale venues

Fordhall builds one of Britain’s biggest straw bale venues

One of the biggest volunteer-built organic straw-buildings in Britain, and an architectural piece of innovation constructed of just five main materials, is ready to throw open its doors for the first time for youth groups such as Scouts, Guides, care groups as well as weddings.   The Bunkhouse at Fordhall Farm,