PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit: Innovation+RealEstate

On 5th October, Matthew Carlisle, Associate Director, was invited to speak at PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit to discuss innovation and real estate, as well as future trends the industry will encounter in the post-pandemic…

Ricardo Moreira, Managing Director, in the RIBA Journal on designing out overheating

We're please to share an article on designing against overheating by our Managing Director, Ricardo Moreira, for the RIBA Journal. "In general, overheating targets and methodologies are becoming more challenging, but our changing climate means…

The Perfect Home Office Environment

Step 1: Sit within 7m of your window with views to exterior to receive adequate amounts of sunlight. Adjust accordingly based on the amount of sunlight received. If possible, sit perpendicular to the window wall…

Urban Green Factor: New Targets Set by the Upcoming London Plan

Amongst the many ambitious policies within the upcoming London Plan, the integration of the Urban Greening Factor (UGF) sets out the Mayor’s plan to follow the vein of Berlin and Malmö in facilitating the growth…

Resilient Design

Resilience may be one of the defining issues of this coming century. There are global shifts already in motion, such as climate change, overpopulation, resource inequality and other chronic social and environmental stresses, which are…

The New Draft London Plan: A Progressive Manifesto for a World-leading Green City

The latest version of the London Plan, recently released for consultation, represents a major step forward for the capital and provides a textbook example for promoting sustainable, innovative design through a regulatory framework, which could…

BREEAM New construction 2018: Key changes
BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 launches on 7th March, with the 2014 scheme closing for new registrations on 23rd March. In this article we highlight some of the key changes
The Winds of Change

Harvey and Irma. Memories of Katrina. A few weeks ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking this sounds like the latest X Factor sibling duo, or the title of a faded debutante’s autobiography. But instead of…

Not Settling for Settled Status

In the post-Brexit new order, there’s a chance, isn’t there, that battered cod, 16oC summers and a notoriously unfriendly capital city will not be enough in and of themselves to attract Europeans to work in…

Reinventing London’s Housing for 2050 The Winners

By now most of you will know the winners of our Reinventing London's Housing for 2050 mini-design competition that we ran for Green Sky Thinking 2017, organised by Open City, as it has been widely…

A Healthy Debate: FITWEL vs WELL

With a new certification available to certify buildings in the Health and Wellbeing space, FITWEL is being branded ‘WELL-Lite’.  XCO2 investigate FITWEL, the latest Health and Wellbeing standard: is it the practical new WELL, or…

The Next Steps for Carbon Reporting

Public reporting, or a lack of it, has been big news lately. Clinton’s emails, Trump’s tax returns, Volkswagon’s fraudulent fuel efficiency stats, the reason for Brad and Angelina’s divorce… if there’s information available, the public…

How to do WELL with IES at World Green Building Week

The last week of September is World Green Building Week: the "flagship event of the global green building movement".   'Change Your Perspective, an evolution of Better Build Green' That's year's theme. It looks to build on previous…

Producing an Ecological Assessment for BREEAM? Here’s What You Need to Know

Navigating your way through BREEAM criteria can be a chore: Which criteria are applicable? Do you need to consider any specific compliance notes? What are you responsible for providing? When do you need to produce…

Overheating in Homes: 10 Remedies

The brief reappearance of hot weather fits nicely with a return to the subject of overheating in modern homes.  Following our 10 causes of overheating  it’s time to address what we can do to improve…

Achieving a Balance Between Technical Risk and Financial Rigour

Considering the need for the industry to evolve quickly, combining business and legislative drivers to move towards nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) the first step on the journey is to understand how we can achieve…

Things are Changing and We need the Data to Prove it

Everyone has a list. A list of things you want to do differently. A list of things that you would totally do if only you had the time, or if only you could stay motivated,…

Health and Wellbeing: Ditch the Vegetable Smoothie and Focus on Your Home

In years gone by, a wizened individual, empowered with the task of educating me in the English language, stated that a solid dictionary definition was the perfect start to any piece of literature. A tried,…

Zero Carbon or Carbon Tax: Meeting the New GLA Targets

The final version of the GLA’s Housing SPG was published in March this year, setting out the approach to London’s housing supply, quality and choice (amongst other things). Alongside this came updates to the London…

10 Causes of Overheating

In 2002 it was US Rapper Nelly who predicted the 2003 European heat wave and first brought to light the issue of overheating in modern UK homes.  But should you have to “take off all…

Brexit: The Environmental Fallout

Brexit. So it concludes. A majority of voters in the United Kingdom have turned out in favour of departure from the European Union, and we are plunging into uncertain territory for our nation. Uncertainty can foster…

Biomimicry: Redefining Concrete Jungles

The world is a dynamic place, and our surroundings are constantly changing, as are our desires and demands for new, better and more efficient products. And change is healthy, in moderation, but the rate of…

XCO2 Runners-up in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

Last week, XCO2 were announced as runners up in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards Built Environment category. The Awards Guardian Sustainable Business was originally set up to provide an independent perspective on how business is…

WELLcome to the Revolution!

The future of the building industry is here. Headlined as ‘the next trillion dollar industry’¹, health and wellbeing in the building industry has been gaining momentum and popularity since the introduction of the WELL Building…

The Road to Green Sky…

In the run up to our Green Sky Thinking event ‘Bridging the Zero Carbon Void’ (have we mentioned we’re hosting an event on Thursday?) we have released a series of blogs to provide a bit…

How Can the UK’s Green Building Industry Influence Future Policy Making?

The building industry is sometimes perceived to be conservative and slow-moving; comfortable with ‘business as usual’ and lacking a collaborative integrated approach that is essential going forward. This has to change. There is no more…

A Timeline of Building Performance Policy in the UK

This is a time of change in UK climate policy. There are many of us with a keen interest in tackling climate change but does anyone else feel like the government fall short of producing…

Ecobuild 2016: Continuing the Conversation

The XCO2 Energy team descended on Ecobuild last month, speaking at and attending over a dozen conferences and seminar sessions. We grilled a few manufacturers to get the insider info on what they think the next…

What Comes After Zero (Carbon Hub)?

Last week we witnessed a sad moment for carbon-concerned constructors. The doors of the Zero Carbon Hub shut for the last time on the 31st March, leaving behind an empty hole in the industry for…

COP21 – The Aftermath

What does the Paris agreement mean for the green building industry? If COP21 had been the Global Warming Academy Awards, buildings would have won all the ‘Supporting’ Oscars. An unusual analogy perhaps, but fitting to…

COP21: Buildings Day

Wednesday 3 December 2015 is an auspicious day for the built environment industry, especially those of us who are green at heart. It is the first “Buildings Day”, part of the COP21 conference in Paris…

ESOS Implementation: An Update

With less than two months to go before the compliance deadline we thought it would be good to give you an update on the latest ESOS news and views. This is particularly timely as the…

Climate Change Communication: Why Aren’t We Shouting About it?

If one chooses to spend their free time trawling the internet for news about climate change, it is a challenge not to be disheartened. A quick Google search at time of writing produced stories that…

Zero Carbon Homes Scrapped – What Does it Mean for You?

Hot on the heels of a progress report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), tracking our progress towards reducing emissions and preparing for climate change, George Osborne has announced that the long-lauded plan for zero carbon…

World Wide Views Day: Thoughts Within XCO2

The Paris 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) is less than 6 months away. To bridge the gap between views of citizens and the climate change policymakers a World Wide Views Day was held…

Continuous Improvement – Learning from the Latest Buildings Performance

As a part of Green Sky Thinking Week, XCO2 and Innovate UK invite you to join us for an evening of presentations, discussions and networking, and learn from the findings of some of the 100 Building…

The Debate on Housing Standards

How will the removal of the Code for Sustainable Homes affect the implementation of future sustainable housing? What will this mean for the subsequent transition period? The news in 2014 was awash with articles regarding…

ESOS 2.0

Discussion about how ESOS is a missed opportunity for gathering data, benchmarking and sharing good practice. Is there potential for developing a new, revised approach to ESOS? How can we get energy efficiency measures to…

The ESOS Performance Gap

So a lot has been made of ESOS and the potential it has to positively impact UK businesses (to the tune of £1.6bn according to DECC’s impact assessment) but will it really live up to…

First Steps with ESOS: 11 Months and Counting

First steps for clients prior to engaging an assessor.  What is the role of the Lead Assessor? How does the chosen route influence cost and outcomes of the process? Do the skills of the auditor…

ESOS in 5 minutes

The basics of ESOS – qualification criteria, timelines, compliance routes and tools. What are the advantages and disadvantages? What are the exceptions and the loopholes in the framework? New year, new regs! There were two…

Sustainability Challenges for Housing

The housing market is an area of near constant discussion and debate, especially so in London.  Development is on the rise and we are faced with the significant challenge of needing to build a couple…

The Case for Action: Defining Zero Carbon in Non-domestic Buildings

The long journey to zero carbon in the UK saw another milestone as the UK-GBC launched a consultation on the zero carbon definition for the non-domestic sector at the start of the year.  With this…