19 Jul 2019

Gove backs air quality improvements in new bill Locked

Environment secretary Michael Gove said in a speech that the Environment Bill should set stricter limits on particulate pollution and place extra obligations on public bodies to improve air quality.

19 Jul 2019

Report savages Government’s energy efficiency measures Locked

The Government must strengthen policy and force builders to implement the latest energy efficiency standards, according to the Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Committee.

19 Jul 2019

Europe heat pump sales increase 12.9%, finds study Locked

Global sales fell by 3.3%, partly due to China’s slowing economy, according to BSRIA’s research.  

19 Jul 2019

Squeezing heat into light for more efficient solar panels Locked

Rice University researchers claim to have found a way to turn the waste heat from photovoltaic panels into more electricity.

19 Jul 2019

Standardised school components could reduce emissions by 25% Locked

The open-source framing system is part of an initiative aimed at making school construction more efficient.

19 Jul 2019

Domestic AI receives slice of £12m Government funding Locked

Dyson and Imperial College London will use artifical intelligence to create household products to make it easier for robots to complete complicated household tasks.

19 Jul 2019

Perovskite advance could boost solar panel efficiency Locked

Saudi Arabian researchers say their fabrication technique could lead to the commercialisation of perovskite solar cells with conversion efficiencies of more than 21%.

19 Jul 2019

Car park housing gets go ahead in Bristol Locked

The City Council has granted planning permission for 11 Zed Pods homes on the Chalks Road car park.

19 Jul 2019

Ofgem could clamp down further on lax FiT payments Locked

It may take further action against Solarplicity over outstanding money owed to feed-in-tariff generators of solar energy.

12 Jul 2019

Streamlined  online appeals service follows critical report Locked

Planning Inspectorate says it will provide easier submission of appeals, clearer guidance and better tracking.

12 Jul 2019

Commission praises ‘beautiful’ brownfield development in Newcastle Locked

Opposing “identikit homes” and “boxland” developments, a report from a Government advice agency says that greater weight should be placed on beauty in the planning system.

12 Jul 2019

Non-housing brownfields to be used for burials? Locked

Public health expert suggests it would be viable way to cope with conventional burial space is running out.

11 Jul 2019

UK adaptation policy “less ambitious than ten years ago” Locked

The UK’s progress on adaptation has slipped backwards with Government’s plans piecemeal and less ambitious than a decade ago, according to its climate advisors.

11 Jul 2019

UK climate actions ‘fall well short’ ahead of net zero Locked

The Government’s overall record on aligning policy with its existing long-term carbon budgets has been one of abject failure over the last year, say climate advisers.

11 Jul 2019

Global solar market will grow 30.7% a year until 2026, finds report Locked

The solar power market will reach almost 4,800GW by 2026, according to Fortune Business Insights.

11 Jul 2019

Lead-free paint factory opens Locked

Graphenstone claims to have created the first commercially available, ultra-sustainable graphene-infused paints.

11 Jul 2019

Aerogel material could boost solar heating devices Locked

The silica-based material generates higher temperatures than conventional solar collectors, making it useful for home heating, say MIT researchers.

11 Jul 2019

Solar device cleans water without compromising energy generation, claim scientists Locked

This technology should be useful where energy and clean water are in short supply.

11 Jul 2019

Energy transition happening much faster than expected, says EY Locked

Renewable energy generation, storage advances and digital technologies are hastening this low carbon change, claims Ernst & Young.

11 Jul 2019

Bouygues’ concrete formula could reduce carbon footprint by 80% Locked

The construction firm will work with Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies to develop its green cement technologies.

11 Jul 2019

Danish model evaluates efficiency of European PV installations Locked

Aarhus University’s solar energy model is available through an open licence.

5 Jul 2019

What will the workplace look like in 30 years? Locked

We’re still learning about indoor air quality, employee wellbeing, and the Internet of Things. As we learn and new technologies come on stream, our office spaces will also evolve. Chris Martin, CTO at PowWowNow, takes a closer look.

5 Jul 2019

Planning fees set to increase says Brokenshire

Councils would be expected “to demonstrate measurable improvements within their performance – not just in terms of speed, but very firmly also in terms of quality”.

5 Jul 2019

Modular construction could cut costs by 20% claims report Locked

The method could also increase construction speed by 50%, according to McKinsey & Company.

5 Jul 2019

Energy generation rising up the business agenda, finds report Locked

A high proportion of the best performing businesses are demonstrating energy leadership, says Centrica Business Solutions.

5 Jul 2019

UK green finance strategy targets mainstream market Locked

The UK’s ambitious Green Finance Strategy aims to extend the market for low carbon financial services in the UK and globally through realigning incentives with long-term sustainability goals, new regulation and analytics.

4 Jul 2019

TfL announces ‘tube station housing’ in Enfield Locked

4 Jul 2019

Councillors may reconsider South Oxfordshire’s housing plan Locked

New administration will look at costs and implications of any changes to the Local Plan which includes provision for 28,500 new homes until 2034.

4 Jul 2019

May’s bombshell in legacy speech – minimum space standards Locked

The PM outlines what she considers her housing achievements over the last three years.

4 Jul 2019

Logging wood origin using blockchain Locked

The evolution of blockchain technology could improve the traceability of wood throughout the supply chain, says the European Commission.