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Costa coffee

Hammerson unveils carbon-neutral Costa shop

10 Apr 15

‘Eco pod’ opens at the Wrekin Retail Park in Telford


Early ECO scheme end spells job woes for green businesses

10 Apr 15 | By Will Mann

Watering down of energy efficiency policy means utilities likely to hit targets ahead of schedule

Houses of Parliament

Make home energy efficiency an infrastructure priority, say peers

9 Apr 15 | By Will Mann

Letter to the Times newspaper says funds should be spent making UK’s buildings energy efficient

Battersea Power Station

River Thames heat pump could power Battersea Power Station development

2 Apr 15 | By Will Mann

Feasibility study will also investigate re-using existing power station infrastructure

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Sustainable case studies

Hong Kong skyline

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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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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Exclusive video

Is this the greenest government ever?

Is this the greenest government ever?

9 Mar 15

Watch this exclusive film analysing the coalition government’s track record on green building policy featuring the shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change


Houses of Parliament

Election poll: Who's best for construction?

17 Apr 15

Which of the UK political parties has the best policies for construction? Vote here

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Sustainability: Energy standards

8 Apr 15 | By Adam Mactavish, Charles Woollam

The new energy efficiency regulations for private rented property may have major repercussions for landlords. Here we examine the key changes made since last year’s public consultation

Ecobuild seminar speakers

Ecobuild seminar highlights: Look who’s talking

2 Mar 15

Ecobuild’s seminar and conference programmes will feature more than 400 speakers from industry, government and beyond. Here, some of these experts give a sneak preview of their key messages

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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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Emma Hoskyn

EPC regulations are go!

8 Apr 15 | By Emma Hoskyn

At last the Energy Efficiency Regulations have passed through parliament, so now landlords can start to put in place strategies to mitigate the risks

Simon Rawlinson

Budget 2015: It's the (local) economy, stupid

19 Mar 15 | By Simon Rawlinson

Osborne’s last coalition Budget signalled that the future of construction is local and devolved

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Jack Pringle

Mipim blog: Singing for our supper

13 Mar 15 | By Jack Pringle

Architect Jack Pringle with his daily update on life from the French Riviera

Barny Evans

On site renewables - how do the technologies compare?

06 March 2015 | By Barny Evans

A quick guide to the main on-site renewable energy technologies and the challenges they present

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Future of Sustainability 2015 cover

Future of Sustainability 2015

19 Feb 15

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