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Andrea Leadsom

Industry leaders praise energy minister appointment

22 May 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Former Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom to take on development of next generation of nuclear power plants

Government urged to use pollution eating tiles

21 May 15 | By Yoosof Farah

The new government has been urged to use pollution-eating products to cut air pollution

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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Lord Bourne named energy efficiency minister

20 May 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Department for Energy and Climate Change confirms portfolios

Green Deal

UKGBC: Retrofit must be top government priority

14 May 15 | By Yoosof Farah

UK Green Building Council voices concerns of retrofit standstill before new ECO policy comes into effect

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Sustainable case studies

Hong Kong skyline

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

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 Awards 2015: Highlights video

5 May 15

Watch highlights of the Building Awards 2015 hosted by David Walliams


Construction professions

Online poll: Professions

21 May 15

Are the institutions of construction professionals becoming less relevant to the industry? Vote here

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Five Pancras Square (Kier Construction and Bennetts Associates)

Building Award Winners: Sustainable Project of the Year

30 Apr 15

A broad portfolio of major projects, bumper financial results and a commitment to staff training and development have given Core Five the entrepreneurial clout to take the top prize

Marks and Spencer, Cheshire Oaks (Simons Group)

Building Award Winners: The Test of Time

30 Apr 15

These projects employed bold design features that have seen the finished articles flourish, particularly when it comes to meeting their ambitious sustainability targets

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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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Andrew Warren

The government's energy savings are not all they seem

19 May 15 | By Andrew Warren

Evidence has emerged the UK govt is massaging figures to meet EU energy saving targets

Barny Evans

Can rooftop solar work on commercial buildings?

18 May 15 | By Barny Evans

The current vogue for PV on domestic roofs needs to be extended to the nation’s commercial building stock

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Beth Ambrose

How to create productive workplaces

12 May 15 | By Beth Ambrose

The link between design, wellbeing and productivity undeniable, so shouldn’t we being doing more to improve our office space?

Julie Hirigoyen

Zero carbon can stimulate economic growth

2 May 15 | By Julie Hirigoyen

By 2019 all new non-domestic buildings need to be zero carbon - we won’t make it if we don’t fundamentally change our thinking

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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