Friday06 March 2015

GB Group administration confirmed

5 Mar 15

Shareholder MJ Gleeson tells stock exchange GB Building’s parent company is to go into administration

John Prescott Ecobuild

Prescott: We need green unity

5 Mar 15

Ecobuild latest: Former deputy prime minister calls for cross party unity to tackle climate change

Energy secretary

Lib Dems back energy efficiency as national priority

5 Mar 15

Ecobuild latest: Energy secretary Ed Davey opposes proposal for independent body to oversee infrastructure delivery

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

Ecobuild crowd

Image of the week: Ecobuild 2015

5 Mar 15

Visitors including Spud, the Dulux dog, crowd London’s ExCeL conference centre for Ecobuild this week

POLL

Radiator

Online poll: Fuel poverty strategy

4 Mar 15

Will the government’s “warmth-on-prescription” fuel poverty strategy be good for the UK’s green building industry? Vote here

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle: Taking liberties

5 Mar 15

The £22m restoration of Lincoln Castle involves the painstaking reconstruction of 1,000-year-old walls and the excavation of a Saxon sarcophagus. It also means sticking one of only four copies of the Magna Carta underneath what was once the exercise yard of a Victorian prison

Leading construction activity indicator

Tracker: January 2015

4 Mar 15

The construction activity index holds steady for the month at 62 points, meanwhile the majority of the regional indices feel an increase in activity

BUSINESS BAROMETER: Your Interactive Guide to Construction Activity

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The CPA/Barbour ABI Index

The external landing and its drainage

CPD 7 2015: Level thresholds and water ingress

23 Feb 15

This module examines the key regulations concerning the accessibility of building entrances and highlights ways to avoid the main risks. It is sponsored by LABC Warranty

Caddick construction

What to specify: Cladding

25 Feb 15

If your eyes glaze over at the thought of glazing, this week’s crop of cladding products will perk you up no end with a choice of cedar, cast stone and aluminium

SKETCH OF THE WEEK

Kingston Gala sketch

Sketch of the week: Kingston Gala

27 Feb 15

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Stephen Willmore, associate director at Assael Architecture.

ECOBUILD 2015

Sir John Armitt

Ecobuild 2015 video: Sir John Armitt

5 Mar 15

Author of the Armitt review on UK infrastructure plans, the energy sector and nuclear build programme

Ed Davey

Ecobuild 2015 video: Ed Davey

4 Mar 15

Secretary of state for energy and climate change on what has been achieved in the quest for energy efficiency and what still needs to be done

More Ecobuild

ANALYSIS

50 sustainability stars 2015

50 sustainability stars 2015: Great expectations

27 February 2015

On the eve of this year’s Ecobuild event, Building asks the cream of construction’s young sustainability talent how they think this government has done on the environment - and what they’re hoping for from the next one

Hong Kong skyline

Can tall buildings ever be sustainable?

With debate still raging over the 230 towers lined up to make the London skyline look more like Hong Kong’s, Ike Ijeh looks at whether tall buildings can ever be sustainable

BUILDING AWARDS

Building Awards 2015 shortlist

Building Awards 2015: And the finalists are…

20 Feb 15

Congratulations to all of the Building Awards 2015 finalists. Join us in April to find out who the winners are

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Barbour ABI's February market review is out now

19 Feb 15

Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Market Review for February is now available to download

EDITOR'S VIEW

Sarah Richardson

In from the cold

5 Mar 15 | By Sarah Richardson

The drive to retrofit may be the biggest casualty of the government’s failure to fulfil its green promises

Hansom

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Hansom: It's a size thing

27 Feb 15

News from contracting’s big beasts, an estate agent’s imaginative reworking of geography, Washington is taken down a peg or two (as is a former RIBA president) - plus, it’s true, our readers really are getting younger


COMMUNITY OPINION

Barny Evans

On site renewables - how do the technologies compare?

06 March 2015 | By Barny Evans

A quick guide to the main on-site renewable energy technologies and the challenges they present

Sarah Richardson

In from the cold

5 Mar 15 | By Sarah Richardson

The drive to retrofit may be the biggest casualty of the government’s failure to fulfil its green promises

Nick Raynsford

Time to be heard

5 Mar 15 | By Nick Raynsford

MPs are frequently having their ears bent by lobby groups opposed to construction activity, but the run-up to May’s election is a real opportunity to redress the balance

Rab Bennetts

Sustainability: A virtuous circle

4 Mar 15 | By Rab Bennetts

Achieving sustainability in practice requires tireless personal commitment. But the effort not only rubs off on others, it’s also very good for business

Tony Bingham

Construction Act: Ready for the chop

4 Mar 15 | By Tony Bingham

Here’s a scrap over what constitutes a construction contract. When the winner asked for its hefty costs to be paid, that’s when the judge got his axe out

Julie Hirigoyen

Green space = Healthy space = Head space

3 Mar 15 | By Julie Hirigoyen

Are developers and the wider construciton industry finally recognising the social value of ‘green infrastructure’?

Richard Jones

Traditional construction in Vietnam

2 Mar 15 | By Richard Jones

A brief insight into a very different culture shows a system that doesn’t suffer from the boom and bust cycle, at least not yet …

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