Sustainability news

Renewable schemes scoop £315m in public funds

27 Feb 15 | By Will Mann

Offshore and onshore wind and solar projects win funding

Ministers urged not to delay next EMR allocations

25 Feb 15 | By Jim Dunton

DECC official says next government must not let budget target slip

Make’s design for a flower-shaped eco house for Manchester United captain Gary Neville

Property industry urged to play role in biodiversity

25 Feb 15 | By Tim Clark

UK Green Building Council calls for focus on biodiversity in UK’s towns and cities.

Balfour snaps up Welsh offshore power link

18 Feb 15 | By Jim Dunton

£352m Gwynt y Môr wind farm deal represents third in ‘growth’ sector

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Sustainable case studies

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

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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Building Sweden's New Karolinska Solna hospital

26 Feb 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Sweden’s first ever PPP project is a £1.3bn hospital that is also Europe’s greenest

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Natalie Bennett

Online poll: Green party housing policy

26 Feb 15

Does the Green party’s housing policy have any credibility after its leader Natalie Bennett’s ‘excruciating’ interview on LBC? Vote here

Sustainability analysis

50 sustainability stars 2015

50 sustainability stars 2015: Great expectations

27 February 2015

On the eve of this year’s Ecobuild event, Building asks the cream of construction’s young sustainability talent how they think this government has done on the environment - and what they’re hoping for from the next one

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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Sustainability comment

Joey Gardiner

Are greens good for you?

27 Feb 15 | By Joey Gardiner

Those promoting sustainability have to get better at putting the case that investing in green construction can boost growth

Andrew Warren

Pickles' DECs consultation beggars belief

18 Feb 15 | By Andrew Warren

Rather than giving up on Display Energy Certificates in the public sector, the government should be extending this success to private buildings

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Nick Offer

Construction industry must step up on sustainability

10 Feb 15 | By Nick Offer

Does your business know enough about efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change?

Nick Cullen

What do falling oil prices really mean for the UK?

6 Feb 15 | By Nick Cullen

With regulation driving investment, low prices need not jeopardise progress on green energy and retrofit

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Future of Sustainability 2015 cover

Future of Sustainability supplement Digital Edition - 20 February 2015

19 Feb 15

Ecobuild 2015 preview and CPD module series