Leading architects and engineers have called for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned amid growing global temperatures, arguing they are too difficult and expensive to cool. Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio has said he will ban all-glass buildings and force developers to retrofit existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient, a move which Simon Sturgis, an adviser to the Government and the Greater London Authority, as well as chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects sustainability group, believes should be considered in the UK. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has previously ruled out such a plan for the capital. However, the new version of the London Plan will require construction firms to make an assessment of a building's energy use across its whole life-cycle.
The Observer (28/07/2019)