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75% of supply chain for wind industry ‘should be from UK’

26 May 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Energy minister Andrea Leadsom says offshore wind industry’s target of 50% to be supplied by UK firms is too low

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Minister defends axing zero-carbon homes target

26 May 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Leadsom argues all new homes will be “virtually” zero carbon by 2021

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Chinese contractor thrown off Swansea Bay

25 May 16 | By Yoosof Farah

Client will now retender £300m marine works contract

Crown Estate floats world's largest windfarm

17 May 16

Project would be built 25 kilometers off Scotland’s east coast

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Recycling timber: Wasting away

28 Oct 15 | By Ike Ijeh

We recycle just one-tenth of our waste wood - the rest ends up in landfill, meaning we lose out on the huge economic and environmental benefits of using the wood again

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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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Contrioversially, the plumes of the world-famous Trafalgar Square fountains have now been significantly reduced from this height to minimise water evaporation

Water features: Making a splash

20 Apr 16 | By Ike Ijeh

Technological advances mean we can now enjoy the spectacle of water without any of the misgivings about waste


What to specify: Water products

20 Apr 16

This week’s products include an indoor terrazzo fountain designed for an Italian restaurant in London, and Westminster City council installs a shower pump in an apartment block designed for the elderly and less able

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Online poll: Housing quota

25 May 16

Should London mayor Sadiq Khan take a tough line on affordable housing quotas for new developments? Vote here

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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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Flood resilience – built in, not an afterthought

23 May 16 | By David Balmforth

How can we build new homes without increasing the flood risk of existing communities further downstream?

Paul King

Zero Carbon RIP

4 Apr 16 | By Paul King

Improving quality of life and tackling climate change must go hand in hand in delivering the new homes that the UK needs

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Ben Derbyshire

Time for a change

22 Jan 16 | By Ben Derbyshire

Harry Rich was unable to drive the necessary reform at RIBA, his departure is an opportunity

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Richard Threlfall

Wet, wet, wet

20 Jan 16 | By Richard Threlfall

With outdated policy, procurement and funding models, flood defences are a key area of infrastructure weakness. So far none of the solutions the government has offered has worked - largely because its whole approach needs radical reform

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Future of Sustainability 2016 cover

Future of Sustainability 2016

1 Mar 16

Read this free Ecobuild 2016 preview and CPD module series as a digital supplement