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Government's ECO cuts '£250m deeper than first thought'

16 Apr 14 | By Vern Pitt

Analysis by the Association for the Conservation of Energy finds that bonus credits will wipe more off scheme’s value than government predicted

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Brussels rules cast doubt on future of renewables projects

11 Apr 14 | By Vern Pitt

Industry leaders claim latest changes to state aid guidance are a “leap into the unknown”


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7 Apr 14

BRE and Ecobuild present two winning research papers on wellbeing and the built environement

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Labour moves to stop green standards cut

10 Apr 14 | By Vern Pitt

Shadow energy secretary fights to preserve councils’ authority to set higher energy efficiency standards

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MPs call for ring-fenced HS2 environmental protection budget

7 Apr 14 | By Vern Pitt

Environmental Audit Committee report warns of cuts to environmental mitigation if construction costs spiral upwards

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Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Maggie's cancer centre, Aberdeen

3 Apr 14 | By Ike Ijeh

With its streamlined, organic form enhancing its welcoming ethos, the latest Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Aberdeen, designed by Snøhetta, is a worthy winner of this year’s Small Project of the Year Building Award

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Agenda 15: Green priorities

20 Mar 14 | By Joey Gardiner

In the latest in our series on Building’s Agenda 15 campaign ahead of the next election, and fresh from the Ecobuild sustainability event, we report on what the industry wants the government to do about green regulation

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Flooding: 'We're planning for the wrong future'

6 Mar 14 | By Will Hurst

As recent events have starkly illustrated, the UK can no longer ignore the growing risk of floods. But what can planners and designers do to manage our rising water levels? Here four of the country’s leading experts give their views


Ecobuild Building Performance and BIM highlights: Thursday 6 March

5 Mar 14

Robert Cohen previews his talk at Ecobuild

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Ecobuild Green Energy Zone highlights: Thursday 6 March

5 Mar 14

Dr Tim Fox previews his talk at Ecobuild

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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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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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A case for biodiversity offsetting?

4 Feb 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Biodiversity offsetting is the government’s answer to the conundrum of how to speed up development while safeguarding the country’s woodland and other environmental habitats. The idea has come under fire from all sides - but also enjoyed some unexpected support

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Ecobuild video: Day two

6 Mar 14

Find out what happened at Ecobuild on day two of the event

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Video: Make's recycled pop-up cinema

28 Mar 14

Watch how architect Make designed and built a recycled cinema at Ecobuild this year

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Ecobuild video: Ed Davey

6 Mar 14

Energy secretary talks about improvements to the Green Deal finance plan and the target to upgrade one million homes

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Ecobuild video: Interview with Munish Datta

6 Mar 14

Munish Datta, head of property plan A & FM, Marks & Spencer on his companies talks at Ecobuild this year

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Ecobuild video: Interview with David Ball

6 Mar 14

David Ball, chairman of David Ball Group, talks about his companies next generation of products

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Figure 2: Indicative cost above Part L1A 2010 for achieving the Zero Carbon Standard for a semi detached / end terrace house via different scenarios

Sustainability: Zero carbon costs

7 Feb 14

The cost to housebuilders of meeting the Zero Carbon Standard for new homes continues to fall. Here, Adam Mactavish of Sweett Group and Nicola O’Connor of Zero Carbon Hub present the key findings of the Zero Carbon Hub’s recent cost analysis of the proposed standard

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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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Nick Cullen

Why the dropping of EU renewables targets is actually a good thing

11 Apr 14 | By Nick Cullen

Re-focusing European policy on carbon output, as in the UK, is the right way to go

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Healthier by design

9 Apr 14 | By Jon Kirkpatrick

Experts have suggested that up to £1bn a year could be saved on healthcare if the UK introduced better town and city planning

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We need a new wave of innovation to tackle climate change

7 Apr 14 | By Pooran Desai

The next wave of innovation must bring together different fields of activity - a nexus of technology

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Humanising city systems

4 Apr 14 | By Pete Halsall

There is a lot going on in the development of smart city concepts, but what are they prospects for us, mere humans?

Vern Pitt

Farrell Review: Buried beneath the long grass

4 Apr 14 | By Vern Pitt

Architecture needs the support of government to make the most of Sir Terry Farrell’s review

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Nick Pollard

Sustainability can transform our urban areas

31 Mar 14 | By Nick Pollard

As an industry, we have to strive for the delivery of future-proofed resilient infrastructure

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