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Heat sensitive house picture

Industry fears Osborne will axe heat subsidy

24 Nov 15

Concerns grow that renewable heat incentive could be up for the chop in tomorrow’s spending review

Foster and Partners with Gillespies - Canary Wharf Crossrail development

BRE acquires rival green rating scheme

23 Nov 15

Acquisition of CEEQUAL part of BRE move to create a new BREEAM infrastructure standard

Wind turbines

Developer plans £1.8bn offshore wind farm

20 Nov 15

Offshore wind farm developer Scottish Power Renewables submits plans for 172-turbine project


UK to close coal power stations by 2025

18 Nov 15

Energy secretary Amber Rudd to put energy security rather than tackling climate change at heart of policy

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

Hansford calls for solid wall insulation boost

16 Nov 15

Construction adviser Peter Hansford authors report on boosting solid wall insulation

World's largest floating wind farm green lit

2 Nov 15

Developer Statoil given marine license for floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland

Amber Rudd

Government plans offshore wind auctions

18 Nov 15

Energy secretary Amber Rudd says subsidies conditional on reducing cost of offshore wind

Solar panels

Solar firm blasts ‘catastrophic’ FITs cuts

5 Nov 15

Solar panel supplier Skyline Solar says FITs cuts likely to lose it multimillion-pound orders

Traffic on a motorway

Civils firms report slowdown in infrastructure work

30 Oct 15

CECA survey shows significant declines reported work on roads, rail, water and sewerage



Recycling timber: Wasting away

28 Oct 15

We recycle just one-tenth of our waste wood - the rest ends up in landfill, meaning we lose out on the huge economic and environmental benefits of using the wood again


BES: Birmingham or bust

15 Oct 15

Birmingham council has scrapped its energy efficiency drive. We look at how the £1bn Birmingham Energy Savers scheme and the Green Deal’s fates were inextricably bound, and what the city’s options are now


Sustainability: Energy performance contracts

6 Oct 15

Energy Performance Contracts are increasing in popularity as a way of delivering large-scale energy savings in existing buildings

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?

Community Opinion

John Assael

Nice work

24 Nov 15

The chairman of the first company to top Building’s Good Employer Guide two years running encourages the industry to do more to attract new talent

Richard Robinson

Spending review: Providing the detail

24 Nov 15

While Osborne’s £100bn commitment to infrastructure is good news, all eyes will be on the detail of the Spending Review for greater clarity

Barny Evans

Overheating in homes: The hot topic

19 Nov 15

What is overheating in homes it and how can the industry deal with it?


Online poll: Specialist contractors

18 Nov 15

Would it benefit the industry if specialist contractors worked more directly with clients? Vote here

Richard Threlfall

I must be dreaming …

17 Nov 15 | By Richard Threlfall

Great is the joy over the government’s announcement of a National Infrastructure Commission. But the task it now faces is equally large

Steve Douglas

Housing association reclassification - what it means

13 Nov 15 | By Steve Douglas

The ONS’s decision to put £60bn of housing association debt on the public sector books is no cause for panic

General construction

Online poll: UK construction economy

12 Nov 15

Do you think the UK will have Europe’s biggest construction economy by 2025? Vote below