Sustainable building

28 Sep 2016

New partnership to boost new home delivery Locked

The Building Services Research and Information Association and the National Housebuilding Council have teamed up to provide a compliance and energy-related service for housebuilders to get new homes built faster.

28 Sep 2016

Low Carbon Hub completes largest community PV scheme

The UK’s biggest community-owned rooftop solar panel installation has now been completed.

28 Sep 2016

2.4m suffer from fuel poverty, says report Locked

More than 10% of people in the UK are in fuel poverty and are struggling to heat their homes properly, according to the advisory Committee on Fuel Poverty.

21 Sep 2016

Birmingham looks to UAE for green solutions

UK cities could learn much about energy efficiency from the city of Masdar in the UAE, according to research conducted at the University of Birmingham.

21 Sep 2016

Energy efficiency scheme trialled in North Wales

The Welsh Government has launched a pilot scheme to increase renewable energy take-up and boost household energy efficiency in North Wales.

19 Sep 2016

Science and tech hub for Birmingham campus Locked

The regeneration of Birmingham University’s campus has taken another step forward, after city council planners approved the building of a new science and technology hub.

14 Sep 2016

London fourth in world sustainability rankings

London finished fourth in an index of the world’s most sustainable cities, according to Arcadis. The consultancy for natural and built assets also listed Edinburgh and Manchester in the top 25.

14 Sep 2016

Gatwick airport to build waste-to-energy plant

Gatwick airport to build waste-to-energy plant

7 Sep 2016

UK construction fares well in energy efficiency study Locked

UK buildings are more energy efficient than the European average, according to GRESB’s global data on real Estate, Developer, and Debt assessments.

7 Sep 2016

New Merseyside Police HQ Locked

Plans for a new, more environmentally friendly Merseyside Police station have been unveiled by the Merseyside police commissioner.

31 Aug 2016

£66m waste-to-energy project gets go ahead Locked

Clugston Construction has won a £66m contract to build a combined heat and power facility for Wheelabrator Technologies in Kemsley, Kent.

24 Aug 2016

Ecobuild calls for sustainable innovations

Ecobuild 2017 is calling for projects that highlight innovations in the UK built environment.

17 Aug 2016

British Glass aims for more recycled glass from demolition Locked

British Glass is looking to improve the refurbishment and demolition supply chains so that more flat glass can be recycled into new glass.

17 Aug 2016

UWE Bristol to receive 100% renewable energy Locked

The University of the West of England will receive 100% of its energy from renewable sources from October 2016 under a framework from The Energy Consortia.

27 Jul 2016

Green building councils and cities unite on energy efficiency

Green building councils around the world are teaming up with cities to make buildings more energy efficient under a new partnership between the World Green Building Council and the World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator.

25 Jul 2016

Well-being informing house choices, says report

Almost 30% of consumers would be more willing to buy or rent a home that is designed with health and well-being in mind, claims a recent report from a UK Green Building Society task group.

25 Jul 2016

Scottish low carbon fund launched

The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme has been launched to fast-track large-scale, low carbon infrastructure projects in Scotland.

20 Jul 2016

Willmott Dixon wins low-carbon building contract

Developer Willmott Dixon has been awarded a £17.5m contract for Bristol's first BREEAM Outstanding office space in Bristol.

20 Jul 2016

Green Deal put public money at risk, says Commons report Locked

A House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report says household efficiency schemes such as the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation put public money at risk, and that future initiatives must be more thoroughly tested beforehand.

29 Jun 2016

CPRE release dark skies atlas Locked

The Campaign for Rural England has released the “most detailed ever” satellite imagery of England’s dark skies in its Night blight report.

23 Jun 2016

The Ecology Consultancy in BREEAM ecological update role

London-headquartered The Ecology Consultancy has helped BRE develop the Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF) for its environmental buildings standard BREEAM.

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11 May 2016

Carbon emissions target defeated by 4 votes Locked

The move to set a carbon emissions target for new homes built after April 1 2018, in the ‘ping pong’ stage of the Housing and Planning Bill was rejected by four votes in the Lords with peers voting 234-230 to reject it.

11 May 2016

Berkeley Group aims to be carbon positive

The Berkeley Group has announced it will become carbon positive, aiming to deliver a 10% reduction in emissions per person over the next two years and set an internal carbon price.

4 May 2016

Government knocks out zero carbon homes standard amendment

The government has overturned the Lords amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill to implement a carbon emissions target for new homes built after April 1 2018.

27 Apr 2016

VAT on energy efficiency goods remains at 5% Locked

The government has confirmed that the existing reduced rate of VAT for solar panels, roof insulation and domestic wind turbines remains in place and no further legislation is needed.

27 Apr 2016

Lords re-instate zero carbon homes standard Locked

The House of Lords has re-instated the zero carbon homes’ standard scrapped by the government last July in an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill.

20 Apr 2016

Green Deal savaged by NAO Locked

The National Audit Office has concluded that the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Green Deal has not achieved value for money, and not generated additional energy savings.

20 Apr 2016

Shipping container building rejected Locked

A teacher who set up a former shipping container as a garage in his back garden, stressing it was a sustainable building has been turned down by Colchester Council planners.

19 Apr 2016

Timber tower could break record

Mayor Boris Johnson has been presented with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300 metre high timber tower in the Barbican, which would break the world record currently held by Norway, if it proceeds.

13 Apr 2016

Calls for all Scotland’s homes to be Band C by 2025

Calls have been made to bring Scotland’s housing up to energy efficiency rating of C by 2025.