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Andrea Leadsom

Industry leaders praise energy minister appointment

22 May 15

Former Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom to take on development of next generation of nuclear power plants

Government urged to use pollution eating tiles

21 May 15

The new government has been urged to use pollution-eating products to cut air pollution

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Lord Bourne named energy efficiency minister

20 May 15

Department for Energy and Climate Change confirms portfolios

Green Deal

UKGBC: Retrofit must be top government priority

14 May 15

UK Green Building Council voices concerns of retrofit standstill before new ECO policy comes into effect

Insulation

Green Deal and ECO installations sink to lowest level in 20 months

6 May 15

Latest official data shows efficiency measures installed under ECO and Green Deal schemes lowest since June 2013

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Labour publishes plans to create a green economy

24 Apr 15

Strategy commits to decarbonising electricity supply by 2030 and creating a million green jobs

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

Lakehouse snaps up smart meter firm

12 May 15

Energy services group announces £6.8m takeover of gas meter specialists Providor

Insulation

Lakehouse JV wins Scottish homes retrofit roll-out

27 Apr 15

Scottish government launch £224m scheme to retrofit homes for those living in fuel poverty

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Mace laps up £25m Affinity Water contract

23 Apr 15

Contractor is sole name on utility company’s service provider framework

Ecobuild video

Alistair Campbell

Ecobuild 2015 video: Alastair Campbell

6 Mar 15

Former Labour party communications director on the government’s track record on green building policy

James Wates

Ecobuild 2015 video: James Wates

6 Mar 15

Chairman of Wates Group on the merger between the UK Contractors’ Group and the National Specialist Contractors Council

Sir John Armitt

Ecobuild 2015 video: Sir John Armitt

5 Mar 15

Author of the Armitt review on UK infrastructure plans, the energy sector and nuclear build programme

Ed Davey

Ecobuild 2015 video: Ed Davey

4 Mar 15

Secretary of state for energy and climate change on what has been achieved in the quest for energy efficiency and what still needs to be done

Analysis

Five Pancras Square (Kier Construction and Bennetts Associates)

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

Marks and Spencer, Cheshire Oaks (Simons Group)

Building Award Winners: The Test of Time

30 Apr 15

These projects employed bold design features that have seen the finished articles flourish, particularly when it comes to meeting their ambitious sustainability targets

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Sustainability: Energy standards

8 Apr 15

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

Community Opinion

Ashley Perry

Mentoring: Bridging a generation gap

25 May 15

Mentoring for the industry’s next leaders should not just go one way - there’s plenty more senior professionals can learn too

Construction professions

Online poll: Professions

21 May 15

Are the institutions of construction professionals becoming less relevant to the industry? Vote here

Noble Francis

Business as usual

21 May 15

Housing and construction activity not affected by election uncertainty according to latest indices

Nicholas Boys Smith

Why can't we build homes people actually want to live in?

20 May 15 | By Nicholas Boys Smith

We have a housing crisis not just because we are building too few homes - it’s also because the ones we have already built are just not popular

Andrew Warren

The government's energy savings are not all they seem

19 May 15 | By Andrew Warren

Evidence has emerged the UK govt is massaging figures to meet EU energy saving targets

Barny Evans

Can rooftop solar work on commercial buildings?

18 May 15 | By Barny Evans

The current vogue for PV on domestic roofs needs to be extended to the nation’s commercial building stock

Joey Gardiner

Times are changing

15 May 15 | By Joey Gardiner

The industry must change to meet the challenge facing construction’s professional institutions