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Davey hits out at Paterson in carbon targets row

17 Oct 14 | By Vern Pitt

Energy secretary slamms thye suggestion the UK should suspend its legally binding climate reduction targets

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Green light for controversial BRE housing scheme

15 Oct 14 | By Vern Pitt

Eric Pickles overturns local planning decision to give the go ahead for 100 homes on BRE’s Watford site

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Skanska to build £500m of onshore wind farms

14 Oct 14 | By Allister Hayman

Skanska announces joint venture with green energy firm Ecotricity to develop onshore wind farms

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SIG sells renewable heat business for £1

14 Oct 14 | By Vern Pitt

Product supplier blames slow uptake of government’s renewable heat subsidy scheme for sale

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Confidence in energy efficiency market reaches two-year high

13 Oct 14 | By Vern Pitt

Study backed by the Green Investment Bank finds market is growing despite fears over consumer demand

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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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Zero Carbon Hub report: Performance gap in new homes

9 Jul 14 | By David Blackman

The ‘performance gap’ between the design of new homes and their as-built energy use can no longer be ignored. And according to the Zero Carbon Hub, the only answer is to fundamentally shake up the way that the industry works

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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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Stirling Prize winner harnesses new city pride

17 Oct 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Ike Ijeh on what the victory of Haworth Tompkins’ Everyman Theatre in Liverpool means for architecture

Andrew Warren

Insulation industry job growth was a mirage

16 Oct 14 | By Andrew Warren

Barely a month goes by without some sign of tumbling job figures in the sector

Matt Fulford

Keeping the motivation going

10 Oct 14 | By Matt Fulford

It’s the little things on the green agenda that we should focus on when all seems lost

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Paul King

The Lib Dem balancing act

9 Oct 14 | By Paul King

There is a lot be positive about the Lib Dems’ green policies but the industry needs more certainty

Mike Hall

What makes a healthy city?

6 Oct 14 | By Mike Hall

The vitality of our cities is the theme of this week’s World Architecture Day and one area we can make a difference as a profession is in the quality of elite and community sports venues

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Singapore is running hot

3 Oct 14 | By Iain Withers

The gateway to booming South-east Asia, Singapore also has a thriving construction market in its own right

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