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MPs savage 'flawed' Green Deal

15 Sep 14 | By Vern Pitt

Energy and Climate Change Committee report calls for government rethink on ‘failing’ scheme

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Government gives green light to £4bn Thames 'super-sewer'

12 Sep 14 | By Allister Hayman

Government gives development consent for 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel, with construction due to start in 2016

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Sustainability chief to take key role at Lend Lease

11 Sep 14 | By Allister Hayman

UK Green Building Council chief executive Paul King to step down to take sustainability role at Lend Lease

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Government urged to bolster support for retrofit

12 Sep 14 | By Vern Pitt

Chair of energy committee calls for change to energy market policy to sure up support for efficiency projects

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Italian marshland scheme wins green award

11 Sep 14 | By Vern Pitt

This award-winning proposal would transform the Saline Joniche area in southern Italy

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Our H.O.U.S.E

4 Sep 14 | By Ike Ijeh

Combining the benefits of high enviromental efficiency and prefabricated design and assembly, the student-designed H.O.U.S.E is setting the benchmark for regulation friendly housing

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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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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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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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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

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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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Sarah Richardson

Wasted energy

12 Sep 14 | By Sarah Richardson

Political parties need to be clear on their sustainability policies for the future

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Enough excuses

11 Sep 14 | By Andrew Stunell

We set up false barriers to adopting energy conservation measures in our houses. It’s time we stopped kidding ourselves

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Matt Fulford

Do your buildings adapt to climate change?

4 Sep 14 | By Matt Fulford

The buildings we are building now will need to adapt to climate and social changes not just in the long term but in the next five years

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Andrew Warren

Our non-domestic buildings are getting worse

4 Sep 14 | By Andrew Warren

Government figures show the proportion of highly energy efficient buildings is actually falling

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Can building services continue to serve?

2 Sep 14 | By Nick Offer

As the market comes out of recession building services teams need to be vigilant

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Retrofit work looks set to bump along the bottom …

29 Aug 14 | By Vern Pitt

Is there still hope for the Green Deal?

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