A class apart – students design school for Africa

Students at King Ecgbert School in Sheffield have won a challenge to design a community school in Uganda, by focusing on the needs of the local children. Andy Pearson explains how the industry-backed Class of Your Own initiative ignited a passion for building design and engineering among 13- and 14-year-olds

Call to action – Ecobuild coverage

Speakers at this year’s Ecobuild exhorted delegates to make a difference and work towards cutting carbon and improving wellbeing in homes, offices and the wider built environment. Alex Smith and Liza Young report

Food for thought – power by cooking oil

Used cooking oil from London restaurants is powering two PwC office buildings. It is a pioneering approach to sustainability, but threw up challenges that required innovative thinking and strict maintenance. ChapmanBDSP’s Darren Coppins explains

Lack of knowledge about safe storage may cost lives

Since 2002 there have been at least nine fatalities in Europe caused by carbon monoxide poisoning after people have gone into wood-pellet storage areas. Hywel Davies reviews a report by the HSE aimed at preventing such tragedies

Creature comforts – David Attenborough Building

How do you turn a brutalist, uninsulated, concrete structure – housing the University of Cambridge’s zoology department – into a naturally ventilated showcase of sustainability that encourages collaboration between conservation groups? Andy Pearson finds out