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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

Office

Early ECO scheme end spells job woes for green businesses

10 Apr 15

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

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

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

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

Code for Sustainable Homes scrapped

31 Mar 15

Government confirms standards cut as part of ‘bonfire of red tape’

London skyline

Skanska loses Transport for London retrofit job

20 Mar 15

Exclusive: Preferred supplier to be replaced after final proposals for RE:FIT work ‘did not include all’ required elements

Julie Hirigoyen

New UKGBC chief sets out green priorities for election

2 Apr 15

Julie Hirigoyen, former UK head of sustainability at JLL, expects sustainability to be a ‘big issue’ in the election

Products

Fresh calls to improve ‘as built’ housing sustainability results

27 Mar 15

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says the gap between intended and achieved standards needs bridging

BUDGET

Budget 2015: Osborne to announce Swansea Bay lagoon funding talks

18 Mar 15

Budget to throw government’s weight behind Swansea Bay and HS3 schemes

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

Free supplement

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

Analysis

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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

Power in the union

Power in the Union

27 Feb 15

It seems increasingly possible that the UK will vote to leave the EU in 2017. For many sustainability professionals, this would be a nightmare scenario

Cobalt Place

The Green Frontier

27 Feb 15

All fields of sustainability will once again be covered at this year’s Ecobuild, from design and construction through to use of innovative materials. Andrew Brister talks to two of the show’s premier partners, Skanska and Lend Lease, about their approaches to the sustainability agenda.

Community Opinion

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

Right to buy

Online poll: Right to buy

16 Apr 15

Is an extension of the right to buy a sensible reaction to the UK’s housing crisis? Vote here

Andrew Stunell

Part B: We have to get this right

16 Apr 15

Part B needs improvement to make sure modern homes are safe. A fire in my constituency, one of a series across the country, has demonstrated that more work is needed

David Frise

How to fit BIM and fit out together

16 Apr 15 | By David Frise

At next month’s May Design Series we’ll be launching a BIM tool for the fit out sector

Steve Douglas

Right to buy is not the issue

15 Apr 15 | By Steve Douglas

The Conservatives’ pledge could create a legal minefield and distracts from challenge of building more homes

Rachel Fisher

What about a right to replace?

14 Apr 15 | By Rachel Fisher

Extending the right to buy policy to housing association tenants is likely to undermine rather than boost investment in new affordable homes

Nick Cullen

Why BP’s energy outlook is more than hot air

14 Apr 15 | By Nick Cullen

BP recently published its energy outlook for 2035 and did a corporate sigh and effectively said “We can’t go on like this”