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LATEST GREEN ENERGY NEWS

Wind turbines

Balfour wins Scottish wind farm transmission job

4 Mar 16 | By Tim Clark

Firm awarded £35m transmission scheme for Bhlaraidh and Beinneum wind farms in Scotland

Insulation

Mark Group insulation business saved by management buyout

15 Oct 15 | By Yoosof Farah

New company formed by previous management at collapsed Mark Group buys insulation business

Elephant Park Energy Hub

Elephant and Castle 'energy hub' gets go-ahead

12 Oct 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Lendlease secures planning permission for net zero carbon combined heat and power plant

Solar panels

Mark Group goes under with 940 job losses

9 Oct 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Two Green Deal providers fall into administration just hours apart

Swansea Tidal Bay Lagoon

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon delayed by a year

2 Oct 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Client body for project says it won’t reach financial close until at least next summer due to strike price negotiations, pushing back start of work

Sustainability

Drax pulls out of £1bn carbon capture scheme

28 Sep 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Energy firm blames move on government decision to remove renewables from exemption to Climate Change Levy

ANALYSIS

Green deal

The Green Deal: 'A catastrophe from start to finish'

7 Aug 15 | By Joey Gardiner

It’s been called the greatest flop of the last parliament. But why did the Green Deal, the government’s flagship retrofit scheme, fail so spectacularly?

Southmead Hospital

Southmead: The UK's greenest hospital

19 Jun 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Carillion’s new £430m super-hospital in Bristol can lay claim to being the greenest hospital in the UK - and it’s all thanks to some fresh thinking on ventilation.

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Green Deal: One year on

28 Jan 14 | By Vern Pitt

The Green Deal is one year old this week but the celebrations are, to put it mildly, subdued. We look back on a year of disappointments for the energy efficiency retrofit market

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Fuel wars: Review of green charges

31 Oct 13 | By Joey Gardiner and Vern Pitt

The prime minister surprised everyone last week when he announced his desire to ‘roll back’ green charges on energy bills. So where does this leave the government’s energy efficiency policies?

Solar panels

'The Treasury still have a completely outdated view of sustainability'

25 Oct 13 | By Joey Gardiner

How should the government kick-start its stuttering sustainability policy? Building, Ecobuild and the UKGBC held three roundtables at three party conferences - and three common themes emerged

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Sustainable housing products

11 Oct 13

We appraise the best products for building energy-efficient homes, from insulated steel lintels to external wall insulation that’s fit for seaside locations

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Renewable Heat Incentive: The heat is on

2 Oct 13 | By Andy Brister

Andrew Brister looks at plans to reignite the Renewable Heat Incentive and asks whether the moves will achieve the government’s targets

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Choosing low-carbon windows

4 Sep 13 | By Craig Jones and Matthew Fulford

There is more to a low-carbon window choice than whether you opt for double or triple glazing

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COMMUNITY OPINION

Barny Evans

Sapping energy: How to react to new energy regulations

21 Dec 16 | By Barny Evans

Developers and property managers take note: new regulations will affect your energy performance certificate for existing buildings

Nick Cullen

The other single market

8 Nov 16 | By Nick Cullen

The UK relies heavily on the single electricity market, let’s hope Brexit doesn’t disrupt this vital trade with European networks

Barny Evans

Will mainstream developments go off-grid?

7 Nov 16 | By Barny Evans

Up to now problems with onsite energy generation and storage have been barriers to going off grid, but several factors could be about to change the status quo

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London's energy policies may not actually improve air quality

5 Sep 16 | By Barny Evans

Reducing air polution is a priority for the London mayor, but he needs advisers to really think through how to tailor renewable energy for the specific needs of the capital

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The many U-turns of sustainable building

11 Aug 15 | By Chris Birch, Dan Jestico

The government’s sustainability backtracking will have knock-on effects for other national policies and will be damaging for industry confidence

Sarah Richardson

Thoughts for the lilo

7 Aug 15 | By Sarah Richardson

Is the optimism that 2015 brought with it already on its way out?

Andrew Warren

The government's energy savings are not all they seem

19 May 15 | By Andrew Warren

Evidence has emerged the UK govt is massaging figures to meet EU energy saving targets

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Barny Evans

Can rooftop solar work on commercial buildings?

18 May 15 | By Barny Evans

The current vogue for PV on domestic roofs needs to be extended to the nation’s commercial building stock

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

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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’?

Nick Offer

Construction industry must step up on sustainability

10 Feb 15 | By Nick Offer

Does your business know enough about efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change?

Nick Cullen

What do falling oil prices really mean for the UK?

6 Feb 15 | By Nick Cullen

With regulation driving investment, low prices need not jeopardise progress on green energy and retrofit

Nick Cullen

Sustainable homes must make the complex simple

23 Dec 14 | By Nick Cullen

It is vital that home owners are able properly to control the new generation of hi-tech homes

Barny Evans

Creating the all-electric city

23 Dec 14 | By Barny Evans

Lets start the journey now to build cleaner, healthier cities

Matthew Rhodes

Some sensible thinking on energy efficiency

11 Dec 14 | By Matthew Rhodes

Labour’s policy plans, outlined last month, have much going for them

Barny Evans

Rocking down to electric avenue?

23 Oct 14 | By Barny Evans

What are the implications of a widespread electrification of cities?

Nick Cullen

What vacuum cleaners can teach us about zero carbon homes

3 Oct 14 | By Nick Cullen

The industry needs to ensure the low carbon products and services it supplies actually do what they claim

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Nick Cullen

We need the government to be open about energy data

2 Oct 14 | By Nick Cullen

The data around energy generation capacity looks to be being presented in a way that obscures inconvenient facts

Debbie Hobbs

How do we get GB to move from G to B?

21 Aug 14 | By Debbie Hobbs

If property investors are to improve the energy performance of their assets they need clarity on the government’s long-term aims

Debbie Hobbs

Energy performance: Postulation or practice?

3 Jul 14 | By Debbie Hobbs

We urgently need work out how to assess the real in-use energy performance of our commercial buildings so we can understand their true output

Barny Evans

Zero carbon is costing us too much

2 Jul 14 | By Barny Evans

The government has missed an opportunity to improve new housing by sticking dogmatically to an expensive zero-carbon solution

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Nick Cullen

Time to end whingeing over solar subsidy cuts

6 Jun 14 | By Nick Cullen

Cuts to subsidies for ‘solar farms’ are a sign of success and should be welcomed

Barny Evans

Is effective energy storage the next disruptive technology?

9 May 14 | By Barny Evans

Renewable power generation is currently let down by its intermittant nature - but solving the storage problem could transform the market