Sustainability Focus

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    Green Deal: One year on

    2014-01-28T16:51:00Z

    The Green Deal is one year old this week but the celebrations are, to put it mildly, subdued. We look back on a year of disappointments for the energy efficiency retrofit market

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    Center Parcs: The place beyond the pines

    2014-01-08T08:12:00Z

    Center Parcs’ £250m resort will cater for 4,000 visitors in a forest in the green belt just outside Milton Keynes. So how do you build a self-sufficient small town in the middle of a wood? And get permission to do it?

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    Energy efficient products

    2013-12-11T06:00:00Z

    Keep the Building Regulations people happy with our choice of the latest building products on the market, from energy efficient wall and loft insulation to low powered ventilation fans

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    PwC's London office: Highest BREEAM-rated building ever

    2013-12-06T06:00:00Z

    When PwC decided to refurbish its unloved central London office, it thought it would be doing well to achieve a BREEAM “excellent” rating. Then it realised it could do rather better than that …

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    Top sustainable housebuilders: NextGeneration Initiative

    2013-12-05T06:00:00Z

    The latest league table from the NextGeneration Initiative reveals mixed results for housebuilders on their sustainability targets this year

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    WWF HQ: 'Stringent is an understatement'

    2013-10-31T11:46:00Z

    At the World Wildlife Fund’s new HQ in Surrey, Willmott Dixon has taken sustainable construction to new levels of rigour, forensically tracking the carbon content of every single element, and even building an FSC-certified workshop on site. So has the result been worth it?

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    Fuel wars: Review of green charges

    2013-10-31T06:00:00Z

    The prime minister surprised everyone last week when he announced his desire to ‘roll back’ green charges on energy bills. So where does this leave the government’s energy efficiency policies?

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    'The Treasury still have a completely outdated view of sustainability'

    2013-10-25T06:00:00Z

    How should the government kick-start its stuttering sustainability policy? Building, Ecobuild and the UKGBC held three roundtables at three party conferences - and three common themes emerged

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    Sustainable housing products

    2013-10-11T00:00:00Z

    We appraise the best products for building energy-efficient homes, from insulated steel lintels to external wall insulation that’s fit for seaside locations

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    Sustainability: Green hotels

    2013-10-10T06:00:00Z

    How green is your hotel? Azita Dezfouli and Adam Mactavish of Sweett Group look at the practical steps for reducing the environmental impact of hotels during design, construction and operation