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Nuclear

Parliament gives green light to Horizon reactor

29 Jan 15 | By Nick Jones

Nuclear developer takes key step towards delivery of new plants in Anglesey and Gloucestershire

Industry is working to ensure Green Deal qualifi cations and accreditation procedures are in place to protect consumers

Watered down zero carbon homes policy clears Parliament hurdle

28 Jan 15 | By Jim Dunton

Infrastructure Bill passes House of Commons with crucial zero carbon clause untouched

Swansea Tidal Lagoon

Swansea Bay lagoon funding consultation launched

28 Jan 15 | By Jim Dunton

Government proposes offering project’s backers a guaranteed fixed price for electricity generated

Green light for Cambridge zero carbon 200-home scheme

28 Jan 15 | By Jim Dunton

Hill wins planning permission for energy efficient 208-home scheme

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Ed Davey and Natalie Bennett confirmed for Ecobuild

28 Jan 15

Lord John Prescott and Alistair Campbell also confirmed as Ecobuild 2015 speakers

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Insulation

Sustainability: Thinner insulation

22 Jan 15 | By Phil Birch, Adam Mactavish

High-performance insulation materials enable much thinner profiIes to be used than their counterpart products. Sweett Group investigates if the benefits from the use of these thinner insulation materials outweigh the costs

Paul King

Interview: Paul King

11 Dec 14 | By Vern Pitt

Outgoing head of the UK Green Building Council Paul King sees an industry in large part willing to deliver the government’s green agenda. Unfortunately, the government itself has so badly undermined its own policies, the sector is no longer sure what that agenda is any more

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A sustainable future

10 Oct 14 | By Joey Gardiner

Is implementing green policies a must for the future, or an unnecessary cost in an industry just back from the brink of recession? Four corners of the sector have their say

Co-op Manchester

Sustainability: BREEAM in new offices

7 Oct 14 | By Robin Brylewski and Azita Dezfouli

Sweett Group looks at the costs of achieving different ratings under the BREEAM 2014 certification for new offices

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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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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

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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Insulation

Sustainability: Thinner insulation

22 Jan 15 | By Phil Birch, Adam Mactavish

High-performance insulation materials enable much thinner profiIes to be used than their counterpart products. Sweett Group investigates if the benefits from the use of these thinner insulation materials outweigh the costs

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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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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

The long road to sustainable real estate

26 Jan 15 | By Julie Hirigoyen

Sustainability in real estate is not ever going to be a quick journey, but with the right attitude we could pick up the pace in 2015

Andrew Warren

Pickles' dithering on minimum standards is endangering progress

9 Jan 15 | By Andrew Warren

The communities secretary runs the risk of causing legal complications for the government if he doesn’t hurry up

Barny Evans

Creating the all-electric city

23 Dec 14 | By Barny Evans

Lets start the journey now to build cleaner, healthier cities

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Nick Cullen

Sustainable homes must make the complex simple

23 Dec 14 | By Nick Cullen

It is vital that home owners are able properly to control the new generation of hi-tech homes

Julie Hirigoyen

A Christmas wish with a twist

15 Dec 14 | By Julie Hirigoyen

All I want for Christmas is … for environmental and social concerns to be tackled head on by the real estate sector

Matthew Rhodes

Some sensible thinking on energy efficiency

11 Dec 14 | By Matthew Rhodes

Labour’s policy plans, outlined last month, have much going for them

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