Go Green Week and the importance of sustainable methods

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Go Green Week and the importance of sustainable methods

February 2017

Go Green Week (13-19th Feb) is dedicated to student climate action and promotes the importance of adopting sustainable methods, including tackling CO2 emissions and the necessity for sustainable products.

In the UK, buildings account for 37% of carbon emissions. As set out in the Climate Change Act 2008, the UK aims to cut emissions by 35% in 2020 and 80% by 2050. Ensuring new builds contribute to lower emissions means the construction industry, and manufacturers who make products specified for building projects, have a responsibility to consider the impact on the built environment.

One example of a recent build that shows consideration to a sustainable approach is Lewisham Pop-Up Village. Designed and built by internationally-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), the project brief called for a future proof design that offered long term value.


The Pop-up Village has been developed to have a lifespan of 60 years, and to be deployed and reconfigured as often as the council deems necessary; this also lends it to being reusable in other areas. To successfully execute these plans it is imperative the materials specified are sustainable, durable and prolong the lifetime of the project. In its design approach, development and execution, Lewisham Pop-Up Village provides a good example of how to incorporate sustainable products and methods to create builds that will help cut carbon emissions.

VIVIX® by Formica Group was specified by RSHP as part of the exterior façade for the project. Poor insulation contributes to a building’s heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer; using the right building envelope is therefore important in influencing a building’s thermal performance and reducing energy costs. With the design brief in mind, the substantial colour selection offered by the VIVIX® range also meant the architects could meet the requirement for a vibrant and captivating exterior façade.

Steps were also taken to significantly reduce the waste produced on the Lewisham site, for example, the exterior panels were pre-cut so as to ensure a sustainable installation process. In addition, since the VIVIX® panels were manufactured in Britain this helped to further reduce transportation and the overall carbon footprint of the project.

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