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Mark Group goes under with 940 job losses

9 Oct 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Two Green Deal providers fall into administration just hours apart

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Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon delayed by a year

2 Oct 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Client body for project says it won’t reach financial close until at least next summer due to strike price negotiations, pushing back start of work

Is the government doing enough to prevent future floods in the UK?

Online poll: Flood prevention

2 Oct 15

Is the government doing enough to prevent future floods in the UK? Vote here

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Willmott Dixon plans to halve carbon emissions by 2020

2 Oct 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Contractor says there is a “clear link” between sustainability and financial success

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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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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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Serpentine Pavilion 2015 by SelgasCano Architects

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13 Jul 15

Watch the construction of Selgas Cano’s Serpentine Pavilion


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Online poll: Corbynomics

7 Oct 15

Would Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policies benefit the construction industry? Vote here

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Sustainability: Energy performance contracts

6 Oct 15 | By Chris Spicer

Energy Performance Contracts are increasing in popularity as a way of delivering large-scale energy savings in existing buildings

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Birmingham: New Street cred

28 Sep 15 | By Ike Ijeh

It was never going to take a lot to improve on the squalid eyesore of the 1960s incarnation of Birmingham New Street Station. Shame though about the whiff of fakery

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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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Julie Hirigoyen

Are net zero water buildings far off?

5 Oct 15 | By Julie Hirigoyen

Adopting a more holistic approach to water management in buildings could get us on the path to net zero water buildings

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Andy Williamson

Waste not, want not water management

5 Oct 15 | By Andy Williamson

Better, more effective water management and harvesting techniques need to be designed into every element of a building

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Nick Cullen

Water–forecasting a riskier investment climate

28 Sep 15 | By Nick Cullen

Flooding and water shortages could increase if confidence in weather and climate forecasting drops, despite the evidence for climate change

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Barny Evans

Out of the frying pan, into a flat

20 Aug 15 | By Barny Evans

Overheating in homes, particularly in city flats, is increasingly common

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Future of Sustainability 2015

19 Feb 15

Read this free Ecobuild 2015 preview and CPD module series as a digital supplement