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friends of the earth

Legal action threatened over plans to axe solar subsidy

4 Sep 15

Friends of the Earth to explore legal options after government consults on scrapping solar feed-in tariff

Canary Wharf

Lighting upgrade saves Canary Wharf Group £400,000 a year

4 Sep 15

LED system allows company to cut over 1,950 tonnes of carbon emissions

Eco school

Scape looks to roll out school modules heated by children

3 Sep 15

Units using thermal mass of pupils can be extra classrooms or basis of new school buildings

Hammerson Headquarters in Kings Cross

SKA Gold rating for Hammerson HQ refurb

3 Sep 15

Interserve fit-out of developer’s office receives high-level sustainability rating

Feed-in tariffs next in line for government axe

28 Aug 15

Government starts consultation on future of feed-in tariffs due to scheme’s “projected overspend”

useful

Climate change summit to have dedicated Buildings Day

19 Aug 15

Day at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris will be devoted to built environment

Electrical wiring

Imtech UK water, waste and energy division falls into administration

2 Sep 15

Business not part of the refinancing deal to save Imtech UK, leaving up to 69 jobs under threat

Insulation

Green Deal installations hit record level in June

20 Aug 15

Latest official data shows Green Deal financing was at its highest point before scheme was scrapped

Wind turbines

£8bn offshore windfarm gets go-ahead

6 Aug 15

Energy secretary Amber Rudd has given green light to £8bn Dogger Bank Teesside A and B prioject in north east

Analysis

Green deal

The Green Deal: 'A catastrophe from start to finish'

7 Aug 15

It’s been called the greatest flop of the last parliament. But why did the Green Deal, the government’s flagship retrofit scheme, fail so spectacularly?

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Sustainability: Life cycle carbon management

17 Jun 15

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

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

Community Opinion

Nick Cullen

Meeting our greens

4 Sep 15

Despite rowing back on green policies, the UK has a positive story to tell

Mark Leftly

Where’s the opposition?

4 Sep 15

Labour has collapsed into naval-gazing over its leadership contest. But the government must be held to account

Richard McCarthy

New kids on the block

3 Sep 15

The shift away from local authority control of education brings its own challenges, but it also gives developers the chance to work with academies and free schools to meet community needs

Mairi Johnson

School design: Back to reality

2 Sep 15 | By Mairi Johnson

Today’s schools reflect our emphasis on digitally focused environments. But school communities need to be more physically networked

School desk

Online poll: School places

2 Sep 15

Is the government doing enough to address the shortage of school places? Vote here

Simon Rawlinson

Skills crisis: Performance anxiety

27 Aug 15 | By Simon Rawlinson

Construction’s skills crisis could put a break on growth in the sector. Tackling low productivity is essential if construction is to remain affordable

Workers

Online poll: Illegal labour

26 Aug 15

Will the government crackdown on illegal foreign labour cause problems for the construction industry? Vote here