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Boris boosts retrofit funding by £12m

1 Sep 14 | By Vern Pitt

Mayor increases cahs avaialable to his two flagship retrofit schemes

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Green Deal ads ruled to be 'misleading'

28 Aug 14 | By Vern Pitt

Advertising Standards Authority rules TV and print ads for the government’s flagship retrofit scheme contained “unsubstantiated” claims

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Scottish government throws out wind farm scheme

22 Aug 14 | By Vern Pitt

Glenmorie wind farm denied planning permission by energy minister after public local inquiry says it should not be built

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Government invests in world’s biggest tidal power project

22 Aug 14 | By Vern Pitt

UK government to put £10m into £51m scheme to create tidal power array in northern Scotland

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Retrofit work slumps to lowest level in over a year

22 Aug 14 | By Vern Pitt

Amount of work under Green Deal and ECO retrofit schemes hits its lowest level in over year

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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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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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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

Neptunus apartment block

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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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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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 Offer

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

Vern Pitt

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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Nigel Banks

Why I'm still optimistic about retrofit

26 Aug 14 | By Nigel Banks

Lasting change is required to fulfil domestic retrofit’s huge potential

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Julie Hirigoyen

Five - the magic number

25 Aug 14 | By Julie Hirigoyen

The ultimate goal for achieving minimum energy performance standards is a ‘factor five’ improvement, while maintaining current growth projections

Debbie Hobbs

How do we get GB to move from G to B?

21 Aug 14 | By Debbie Hobbs

If property investors are to improve the energy performance of their assets they need clarity on the government’s long-term aims

Matthew Rhodes

Passivhaus' power as a quality standard for buildings

18 Aug 14 | By Matthew Rhodes

The Passivhaus standard can improve all sizes and types of projects - I’ve seen the evidence

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