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Climate change watchdog calls for massive roll-out of insulation

26 Nov 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Committee on Climate Change urges insulation of 3.5 million homes and switch to electric vehicles

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

Chancellor grants reprieve to RHI subsidy scheme

25 Nov 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Spending Review 2015: ‘Cheaper’ alternative to the ECO scheme also announced

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Industry fears Osborne will axe heat subsidy

24 Nov 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Concerns grow that renewable heat incentive could be up for the chop in tomorrow’s spending review

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BRE acquires rival green rating scheme

23 Nov 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Acquisition of CEEQUAL part of BRE move to create a new BREEAM infrastructure standard

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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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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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Osborne Number 11

Online poll: Spending review

26 Nov 15

Will George Osborne’s announcements on government spending be good for UK construction? Vote here

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The 350-seat auditorium is now capable of multiple stage configurations

University of Sussex: The second act

18 Nov 15 | By Ike Ijeh

The renovation of the University of Sussex’s arts centre transforms the space beyond an education facility to a fully fledged performance venue


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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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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The clock is ticking

16 Oct 15 | By Sarah Richardson

The government must act quickly on energy efficiency delivery – damage has already been done

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

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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Future of Sustainability 2015

19 Feb 15

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