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Fresh calls to improve ‘as built’ housing sustainability results

27 Mar 15 | By Colin Marrs

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says the gap between intended and achieved standards needs bridging

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Skanska loses Transport for London retrofit job

20 Mar 15 | By Tim Clark, Jim Dunton

Exclusive: Preferred supplier to be replaced after final proposals for RE:FIT work ‘did not include all’ required elements


Budget 2015: Osborne to announce Swansea Bay lagoon funding talks

18 Mar 15 | By Iain Withers

Budget to throw government’s weight behind Swansea Bay and HS3 schemes

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

Solid wall insultation review launched

18 Mar 15

Green Construction Board launches review to boost demand for solid wall insulation

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Sustainable case studies

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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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Thames Barrier

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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Exclusive video

Is this the greenest government ever?

Is this the greenest government ever?

9 Mar 15

Watch this exclusive film analysing the coalition government’s track record on green building policy featuring the shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change


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Online poll: What next for Balfour Beatty?

26 Mar 15

Do you think the worst is now over for Balfour Beatty? Vote here

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Ecobuild seminar highlights: Look who’s talking

2 Mar 15

Ecobuild’s seminar and conference programmes will feature more than 400 speakers from industry, government and beyond. Here, some of these experts give a sneak preview of their key messages

Power in the union

Power in the Union

27 Feb 15 | By David Blackman

It seems increasingly possible that the UK will vote to leave the EU in 2017. For many sustainability professionals, this would be a nightmare scenario

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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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Simon Rawlinson

Budget 2015: It's the (local) economy, stupid

19 Mar 15 | By Simon Rawlinson

Osborne’s last coalition Budget signalled that the future of construction is local and devolved

Jack Pringle

Mipim blog: Singing for our supper

13 Mar 15 | By Jack Pringle

Architect Jack Pringle with his daily update on life from the French Riviera

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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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Sarah Richardson

In from the cold

5 Mar 15 | By Sarah Richardson

The drive to retrofit may be the biggest casualty of the government’s failure to fulfil its green promises

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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