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Event: Flood resilience in the UK debate

23 Mar 17

You are invited to a debate at the ICE on 5 April on the future of flood resilience in the UK

Scottish parliament

Scotland aims to source 50% of its energy from renewables

3 Feb 17

Scottish government energy strategy aims to make oil and gas sector greener and use more thermal power

Solar panels

Global demand for environmental consultancy rises to £19bn

3 Feb 17

Research firm Environment Analyst says buoyant market conditions in Europe and revival in North American behind rise

Sadiq Khan

Khan demands powers to fine polluting construction firms

27 Jan 17

London mayor Sadiq Khan asks Defra to devolve power to fine firms using polluting machinery on site

Power station chimneys

Government wastes £168m on competitions for carbon capture

25 Jan 17

National Audit Office says BEIS must ‘learn lessons from experience’

Solar panels

Investment in renewables to 'fall off a cliff'

10 Jan 17

Think tank the Green Alliance calls on government to provide more support

Insulation

Investors to resurrect Green Deal

25 Jan 17

Scheme axed by government in 2015 to be relaunched using ‘best installers in the market’

119 Ebury Street

Mayfair house gets 'outstanding' BREEAM first

13 Jan 17

Grangewood delivers first listed building refurbishment to receive top sustainability standard

Swansea Tidal Bay Lagoon

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon delayed by another year

3 Jan 17

Work on £1.3bn scheme now set to start in 2018, but construction schedule still not confirmed

Analysis

Silvertown Quays

Ecobuild 2017: Regeneration now

1 Mar 17

The construction industry is in the throes of a major drive to renew and revive communities - but how is it best done? Ecobuild 2017 next week will attempt to address this question

H4A2981

Sustainability: Efficient offices

24 Jan 17

How do you create an energy-efficient office that is cost effective and great for the workforce?

Man on roof

Sustainability: The housing ‘trilemma’

28 Sep 16

How can the UK deliver the volume of new homes required without sacrificing wellbeing or environmental performance?

GSK Compliance Building

Sustainability Project of the Year shortlist

7 Sep 16

The Building Awards shortlist for Sustainability Project of the Year highlights some exceptional schemes that have innovation at their core and keep a responsible eye on the future. Ike Ijeh takes a sneak peek

Community Opinion

Rebecca Larkin

Construction's long-term outlook

23 Mar 17

Lower real incomes are a key risk for the years ahead and have clear implications for construction

Noble Francis

CPA/Barbour ABI Index: Variations from sector to sector

23 Mar 17

February’s index is up, following on from a rise in January, but sector performance varies

Hinkley

Online poll: Nuclear power

22 Mar 17

Should the government invest in the construction of the next generation of nuclear power plants? Vote here

Ben Kite

Sustainable building on the green belt

20 Mar 17 | By Ben Kite

A small mention in the housing white paper offered a tantalising opportunity to rejuvenate the natural environment in the green belt

Builders

Online poll: National insurance contributions

17 Mar 17

Would the national insurance hike in last week’s Budget have tackled construction’s reliance on self-employment? Vote here

Neil Harvey

The Midlands engine - full steam ahead

15 Mar 17 | By Neil Harvey

To make this strategy work we need strong regional leadership and a focus on productivity and skills

Richard McCarthy

Budget 2017: A curate’s egg

15 Mar 17 | By Richard McCarthy

Philip Hammond’s Budget was unremarkable and failed to mention housing but a number of measures could have profoundly positive knock-on effects for local development. Let’s make the best of it