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Legal action threatened over plans to axe solar subsidy

4 Sep 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Friends of the Earth to explore legal options after government consults on scrapping solar feed-in tariff

Canary Wharf

Lighting upgrade saves Canary Wharf Group £400,000 a year

4 Sep 15 | By Yoosof Farah

LED system allows company to cut over 1,950 tonnes of carbon emissions

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Scape looks to roll out school modules heated by children

3 Sep 15 | By Sarah Richardson

Units using thermal mass of pupils can be extra classrooms or basis of new school buildings

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SKA Gold rating for Hammerson HQ refurb

3 Sep 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Interserve fit-out of developer’s office receives high-level sustainability rating

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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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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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Serpentine Pavilion 2015 by SelgasCano Architects

Serpentine Pavilion timelapse

13 Jul 15

Watch the construction of Selgas Cano’s Serpentine Pavilion


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Online poll: School places

2 Sep 15

Is the government doing enough to address the shortage of school places? Vote here

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Staircases are configured as bold single flights to aid legibility and accessibility

The Plimsoll Building: Close encounters

2 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The incorporation of two schools into a residential building is an example of school designers becoming more responsive to the changing physical and political environment

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A day at the office: Your guide to human happiness

26 Aug 15 | By Ike Ijeh

How can you use design to actively influence and improve people’s lives? British Land is using its own headquarters as a test bed for incorporating wellbeing principles that it hopes will foster a happier, more productive workforce.

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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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Barny Evans

Out of the frying pan, into a flat

20 Aug 15 | By Barny Evans

Overheating in homes, particularly in city flats, is increasingly common

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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

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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?

Sarah Richardson

The war on green

31 Jul 15 | By Sarah Richardson

As another green policy goes up in smoke, does the government risk failing to live up to its obligations?

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Future of Sustainability 2015 cover

Future of Sustainability 2015

19 Feb 15

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