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Renewables firm collapses owing nearly £50m

1 Aug 17 | By Will Mann

28 job losses after Larkfleet Group subsidiary calls in liquidators

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


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

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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


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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?

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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


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'The Treasury still have a completely outdated view of sustainability'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


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


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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Nick Cullen

The wrong targets

26 Jun 17 | By Nick Cullen

The UK is about to miss a key renewables target but there have been substantial improvements in carbon reduction

Barny Evans

Overheating, the beginning of the end?

22 Jun 17 | By Barny Evans

The days of homes overheating could be drawing to an end as low carbon design starts to become obsolete

Nick Cullen

History in the making

2 Jun 17 | By Nick Cullen

Ending Britain’s reliance on coal would be a seismic change, but it might rely on links with the EU electricity network

Edwina Cramp

Who is to blame for misleading energy efficiency claims?

9 May 17 | By Edwina Cramp

Media reports on the performance gap have pointed the finger at energy modelling professionals but action is required from the whole industry, including clients

Barny Evans

Should energy use be increased if it boosts productivity?

28 Mar 17 | By Barny Evans

When thinking about the function of a particular building it is important to remember sometimes increasing energy use may be beneficial

Philip Watson

How smart buildings will boost our productivity

21 Mar 17 | By Philip Watson

If we give office workers the means to control their environment we will be contributing to a healthier, happier and more productive population

Nick Cullen

German plans for electric cars could actually increase CO2 emissions

13 Mar 17 | By Nick Cullen

The desire to make all cars “zero emission’ by 2030 ignores how reliant the country will be on coal-fired power stations

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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Barny Evans

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?