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Green Deal cashback cut as demand jumps

23 Jul 14 | By Vern Pitt

Government scales back incentive scheme as applications flood in

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Minister outlines limit for zero carbon exemption

22 Jul 14 | By Vern Pitt

Small site exemption for zero carbons standard likely to apply to sites of less than 10 homes

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Architects reveal visions for Heathrow 'city'

16 Jul 14 | By Elizabeth Hopkirk

Designs unveiled for the redevelopment of Heathrow Airport into a new town, should a new hub airport be built in Thames Gateway

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Shard favourite for Stirling prize as shortlist revealed

17 Jul 14 | By David Rogers

The Shard is the bookies’ favourite to win the Stirling prize after it was one of six buildings to be nominated for this year’s title

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Boris seeks greater powers over public sector land

16 Jul 14 | By Elizabeth Hopkirk

Mayor of London urges government to give him new posers to to take control of public land in the capital

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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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The rise of cross-laminated timber

3 Jul 14 | By Thomas Lane

Cross-laminated timber is fast establishing itself as a quicker, greener alternative to concrete or steel structural frames. With the market growing threefold in the past two years, is it time to consider it a genuine rival to the big two?

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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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Sustainability: Minimum energy performance standards for commercial buildings

26 Jun 14 | By Adam Mactavish, Charles Woollam, Sarah Sayce

From April 2018, all rented properties must meet a prescribed minimum energy performance standard. Adam Mactavish of Sweett Group, Charles Woollam of SIAM and Sarah Sayce, emeritus professor of Kingston University, discuss the implications

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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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Ecobuild interview: Richard Blakeway

12 Jun 14

Richard Blakeway, deputy mayor for housing, land and property at the Greater London Authority, discusses the regeneration of the Docklands

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Ecobuild interview: Stephen Hodder

12 Jun 14

Stephen Hodder, RIBA president, discusses micro-homes and the compatibility between good design and sustainability

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Ecobuild video: Ed Davey

10 Jun 14

Rt Hon Ed Davey, MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, discusses the Green Deal and ECO

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Sustainability: Minimum energy performance standards for commercial buildings

26 Jun 14 | By Adam Mactavish, Charles Woollam, Sarah Sayce

From April 2018, all rented properties must meet a prescribed minimum energy performance standard. Adam Mactavish of Sweett Group, Charles Woollam of SIAM and Sarah Sayce, emeritus professor of Kingston University, discuss the implications

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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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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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Government has quietly unlocked a £900m energy efficiency pipeline

21 Jul 14 | By Matt Fulford

The government’s new energy audit scheme might seem like another green burden on companies, but there is money to be made too

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What makes a great place?

18 Jul 14 | By Paul King

Berkeley group have done an impressive job of working it out

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Estate agents are flouting EPC rules

16 Jul 14 | By Andrew Warren

Figures from Friends of the Earth in Manchester reveal that very few estate agents are fully complying with the law

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'Sharership' is the new leadership

14 Jul 14 | By Sylvie Sasaki

Social media platforms can help promote conversations about sustainability, but only if they don’t become silos themselves

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Ethiopia: It's not about the oil

14 Jul 14 | By Kwadwo Sarkodie

Political stability and solid investment in infrastructure and renewable energy make Ethiopia an attractive proposition, but new entrants to the market should proceed with care

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The World Cup's over - but Passivhaus is not

14 Jul 14 | By Steve Douglas

Steve Douglas on how a footballing trip to Brazil resulted in an unexpected lesson in low carbon housebuilding

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