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Government aiming for new energy deal

29 Jul 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Energy efficiency minister will submit new suite of policies to the Treasury for autumn spending review, after industry reacts furiously to axing of Green Deal

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Rudd looks to end green subsidies

24 Jul 15 | By Yoosof Farah

In first major speech energy secretary says eco technologies need to “stand on their own two feet”

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Designs for Interserve's major new HQ unveiled

24 Jul 15 | By Iain Withers

‘Hub’ building near Birmingham airport will be home to 1,200 staff

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

Green Deal 'dead in water' after funding pulled

23 Jul 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Government axes Green Deal Finance Company and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

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Sustainable case studies

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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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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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13 Jul 15

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Online poll: A future for retrofit?

29 Jul 15

Will a significant programme of retrofitting homes continue after the government’s cancellation of Green Deal funding? Vote here

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Sustainability: Life cycle carbon management

17 Jun 15 | By Adam Mactavish

Usual depictions of a building’s carbon life cycle fail to consider the day-to-day running of the place. Reimagining a building’s life cycle could improve its carbon efficiency

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Building Award Winners: Sustainable Project of the Year

30 Apr 15

A broad portfolio of major projects, bumper financial results and a commitment to staff training and development have given Core Five the entrepreneurial clout to take the top prize

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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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Sarah Richardson

The war on green

31 Jul 15 | By Sarah Richardson

As another green policy goes up in smoke, does the government risk failing to live up to its obligations?

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John Sinfield

Why CLC changes cut out the foundations from construction

24 Jul 15 | By John Sinfield

The restructuring of the Construction Leadership Council means a third of the industry is not represented at the top table

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Julie Hirigoyen

Where now for green policies?

16 Jun 15 | By Julie Hirigoyen

Will the government abandon its commitment to sustainable policies or grasp a golden opportunity?

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Judit Kimpian

When buildings perform as designed

15 Jun 15 | By Judit Kimpian

Detailed evaluations of the performance of buildings are essential if we are to improve their design and operation in the future

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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