Latest Ecobuild news


Government aiming for new energy deal

29 Jul 15

Energy efficiency minister will submit new suite of policies to the Treasury for autumn spending review, after industry reacts furiously to axing of Green Deal

Amber Rudd

Rudd looks to end green subsidies

24 Jul 15

In first major speech energy secretary says eco technologies need to “stand on their own two feet”

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

Green Deal 'dead in water' after funding pulled

23 Jul 15

Government axes Green Deal Finance Company and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Solar panels

Small-scale solar subsidies now up for the chop

22 Jul 15

Department for Energy and Climate Change consulting on plans to axe subsidies on solar farms up to 5MW

money cash

Embodied carbon research nets £250,000

20 Jul 15

Consortium inclinding Laing O’Rourke, Arup and Faithful & Gould secures funding for whole life carbon assessments

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

Zero carbon U-turn 'will mean 2 million tonnes of additional CO2'

17 Jul 15

Consultants say government risks up to 2 million tonnes of additional emissions after zero-carbon homes U-turn

Solcer House

Zero carbon is 'commercially viable', says Solcer House creator

21 Jul 15

The research centre behind the Solcer House ‘smart home’ slams government U-turn on zero carbon

George Osborne

More than 200 firms slam government's zero carbon U-turn

20 Jul 15

Signatories of the letter include senior directors and executives at Aldersgate Group, Argent, Bouygues, Buro Happold, Lendlease, Sir Robert McAlpine and Willmott Dixon

AP1000 nuclear reactor by Westinghouse

NuGen land deal for £10bn nuclear power plant

15 Jul 15

Proposed £10bn Moorside nuclear power plant gets boost



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


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

Community Opinion


BIM: Diverse approaches to a common standard

30 Jul 15

Setting a standard aims to avoid the delays, costs and conflicts which arise but some industry bodies are developing their own


Online poll: A future for retrofit?

29 Jul 15

Will a significant programme of retrofitting homes continue after the government’s cancellation of Green Deal funding? Vote here

Debbie Aplin

Too many questions

29 Jul 15

As the UK housing shortage comes closer to crisis point the government is rolling out a number of policies to make affordable homes available. But is it making the problem better or worse?

John Sinfield

Why CLC changes cut out the foundations from construction

24 Jul 15 | By John Sinfield

The restructuring of the Construction Leadership Council means a third of the industry is not represented at the top table

Morrell and Hansford

Online poll: Chief construction adviser

22 Jul 15

Was the government right to scrap the chief construction adviser role? Vote here

Jack Pringle

Back to square one

20 Jul 15 | By Jack Pringle

Scrapping the chief construction adviser role and proposed reforms to the Construction Leadership Council are nothing short of disaster. The industry faces a struggle to get its voice heard

Richard Steer 2014

China: The great leap Westwards

20 Jul 15 | By Richard Steer

The impact of shares plummeting in Shanghai could result in Chinese ambitions turning to the UK construction market