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Berkeley rated most sustainable housebuilder

16 Dec 14 | By Vern Pitt

Crest Nicholson and Barratt Developments round out the top three in JLL study

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Green Deal solid wall insulation cashback scheme closed

11 Dec 14 | By Vern Pitt

£24m fund spent less than 48 hours after it opened to applications

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Industry is working to ensure Green Deal qualifi cations and accreditation procedures are in place to protect consumers

Willmott Dixon lands £60m Hull Green Deal package

10 Dec 14 | By David Blackman

Contractor will deliver energy efficiency improvements across 3,000 homes

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Ramboll faces £1.4m legal claim over wind farm work

11 Dec 14 | By Vern Pitt

£1.6bn Greater Gabbard wind farm contractor Fluor is pursuing damages over mast foundation design

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Government to re-open £100m Green Deal fund

8 Dec 14 | By Vern Pitt

Incentive scheme set to open on Wednesday this week

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Interview: Paul King

11 Dec 14 | By Vern Pitt

Outgoing head of the UK Green Building Council Paul King sees an industry in large part willing to deliver the government’s green agenda. Unfortunately, the government itself has so badly undermined its own policies, the sector is no longer sure what that agenda is any more

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A sustainable future

10 Oct 14 | By Joey Gardiner

Is implementing green policies a must for the future, or an unnecessary cost in an industry just back from the brink of recession? Four corners of the sector have their say

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Sustainability: BREEAM in new offices

7 Oct 14 | By Robin Brylewski and Azita Dezfouli

Sweett Group looks at the costs of achieving different ratings under the BREEAM 2014 certification for new offices

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Our H.O.U.S.E

4 Sep 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Combining the benefits of high enviromental efficiency and prefabricated design and assembly, the student-designed H.O.U.S.E is setting the benchmark for regulation friendly housing

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Making waves: Plymouth Marine Laboratory

23 Jul 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Moving-floor technology may seem the stuff of fictional super-villain lairs, but the leading hydrodynamics laboratory at Plymouth University has employed the technology to support one of the largest energy wave test sites in the world

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Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Making waves: Plymouth Marine Laboratory

23 Jul 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Moving-floor technology may seem the stuff of fictional super-villain lairs, but the leading hydrodynamics laboratory at Plymouth University has employed the technology to support one of the largest energy wave test sites in the world

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The recyclable house

26 Jun 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Technology used to build the world’s largest McDonald’s is being adapted to build temporary, highly flexible, 100% recyclable housing in Holland. Could the model be brought here to solve the UK’s affordable housing crisis?

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Thames Barrier: The day after tomorrow

4 Mar 14 | By Ike Ijeh

With much of the Thames Valley looking like something out of a disaster movie this winter, arguments are raging over whether the Thames Barrier can cope with the consequences of climate change - or whether it’s time to start thinking about building a new one

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Co-op Manchester

Sustainability: BREEAM in new offices

7 Oct 14 | By Robin Brylewski and Azita Dezfouli

Sweett Group looks at the costs of achieving different ratings under the BREEAM 2014 certification for new offices

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Ecobuild products: Tour the stands

Manufacturers are being challenged to develop a range of products that meet the more stringent demands of today’s built environment. Happily, they seem to be more than up to it, as these companies, exhibiting at Ecobuild, demonstrate

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Energy efficient products

Keep the Building Regulations people happy with our choice of the latest building products on the market, from energy efficient wall and loft insulation to low powered ventilation fans

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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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Julie Hirigoyen

A Christmas wish with a twist

15 Dec 14 | By Julie Hirigoyen

All I want for Christmas is … for environmental and social concerns to be tackled head on by the real estate sector

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

Paul Everall

Energy efficiency: It's all in the details

20 Nov 14 | By Paul Everall

There’s a great need to get the little things right as we move towards tighter buildings

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Paul King

I applaud Labour's energy ambition

19 Nov 14 | By Paul King

The Labour party has good ideas but the question of where the money is remains

Julie Hirigoyen

The wage gap

18 Nov 14 | By Julie Hirigoyen

The CBI is right to say we need fair rates of pay to secure economic and social stabiity, and in construction this approach could also help secure the next generation of workers

Pete Baxter

Tapping into the Internet of Things

29 Oct 14 | By Pete Baxter

Devices that monitor appliances in buildings are a powerful way to help occupants manage their properties more efficiently and sustainably

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