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Swansea tidal lagoon

Review threatens £1bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

10 Feb 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Client body behind £1bn project says strike price decision needs to be taken “within six weeks”

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Windy UK has £29bn turbine pipeline

9 Feb 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Exclusive data reveals developers are ploughing cash into UK wind farms

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

Dutch version of Green Deal set for UK launch in summer

5 Feb 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Energiesprong UK set to launch £200m framework for UK energy efficiency work across 5,000 homes

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Dong green lights world's largest offshore wind farm

4 Feb 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Developer confirms final investment decision on wind farm off the Yorkshire Coast

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Recycling timber: Wasting away

28 Oct 15 | By Ike Ijeh

We recycle just one-tenth of our waste wood - the rest ends up in landfill, meaning we lose out on the huge economic and environmental benefits of using the wood again

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Can tall buildings ever be sustainable?

25 Feb 15 | By Ike Ijeh

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

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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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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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Video: Building’s 2015 Christmas challenge

18 Dec 15 | Updated: 18 Dec 15

Watch four teams of construction professionals take on this year’s challenge to carve iconic buildings out of ice


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Online poll: Hinkley

10 Feb 16

Will Hinkley Point C finally get the go ahead? Vote here

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Sustainability: Wellbeing

19 Jan 16 | By Lizi Greenhill

A preoccupation with health and fitness is no longer just for Januarys, it is becoming ever present in the way buildings are designed and constructed


Paris summit: Feeling the heat

10 Dec 15 | By Joey Gardiner

At this week’s UN Climate Change Summit, the UK could no longer boast of having the greenest policies in the room. So after several months of Conservative policy changes, how is the country measuring up to its own targets?

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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


Sustainable housing products

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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Ben Derbyshire

Time for a change

22 Jan 16 | By Ben Derbyshire

Harry Rich was unable to drive the necessary reform at RIBA, his departure is an opportunity

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Andy Williamson

Flood-proofing rethink required

11 Jan 16 | By Andy Williamson

December’s devestating floods and storms show the need to put the way we design and build our homes back on the agenda

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Online poll: Flood defence

6 Jan 16

Will the £400m a year investment for flood defence promised by the government be enough to prevent future flooding in the UK? Vote here

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Simon Rawlinson

Here we go again

18 Dec 15

The government’s resolve - yet again - to postpone the decision on airport expansion shows that planning remains subservient to politics, and sets off alarm bells for the National Infrastructure Commission - which must act now to protect its authority

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Future of Sustainability 2015

19 Feb 15

Read this free Ecobuild 2015 preview and CPD module series as a digital supplement