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Green Deal firm collapsed owing £2.6m

30 Sep 14 | By Vern Pitt

The Green Deal firm owned by Neville Wiltshire from the BBC’s The Call Centre collapsed owing £2.6m to trade creditors

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Green Deal loan firm 'could go bust'

26 Sep 14 | By Vern Pitt

Chief executive of company that provides Green Deal finance warns it could be wound up soon unless it gets more funding

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Miliband puts green economy at heart of 10-year plan

23 Sep 14 | By Allister Hayman

Labour leader outlines vision for government including aim to boost green economy and housebuilding

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Sustainable buildings linked to improved staff productivity

24 Sep 14 | By Vern Pitt

World Green Building Council report finds “overwhelming evidence” good design influences employees

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Buckley Gray Yeoman's Epping school building finished

22 Sep 14 | By Vern Pitt

Architect’s Martin Building at the Forest School in Epping Forest reaches completion

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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

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: 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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Nigel Banks

Retrofit industry is addicted to grants

26 Sep 14 | By Nigel Banks

When will we stop being dependent on subsidies?

Richard Twinn

Labour has got ambition but no cash

25 Sep 14 | By Richard Twinn

The Labour party conference reveals much positive policy but without some spending it may not add up to much

Paul King

The next chapter for green building

24 Sep 14 | By Paul King

This week’s World Green Building Council report on green value is the start of a new frontier in selling green construction

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Brian Berry

Labour conference: Brownfield or greenfield housing?

23 Sep 14 | By Brian Berry

We need to get the balance right between brownfield and greenfield development and I’m not sure Labour has done that yet

Julie Hirigoyen

Can World Green Building Week make a difference?

23 Sep 14 | By Julie Hirigoyen

Events like this aim to inspire people to bring about large scale and rapid change, let’s hope enough of us get involved

Andrew Kinsey

Is your waste data rubbish?

22 Sep 14 | By Andrew Kinsey

Robust data about waste produced on site needs to comply to certain standards, but so far this isn’t happening in England

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