20 Sep 2019

Brownfield Briefing Awards: Meridian One wins Project of the Year Locked

Fourteen winners were announced and five entries highly commended at the fifteenth anniversary of the Brownfield Briefing Awards.

UK
16 Sep 2019

Time to think in circles Locked

We need to design building components that can be upcycled, and we need to stop designing products that pollute our homes. Eoin Redahan spoke to Suki Kler Young and Peter Mösle, two experts from Drees & Sommer, about the regulations and financial levers that could change the way we build.

13 Sep 2019

Aggregates plan thwarted in favour of open space Locked

A proposed aggregates development on a popular ancient woodland and former mining site near Pontypool has been refused permission by the Welsh Government following an appeal by the developer.

13 Sep 2019

Pro-renewables group send VAT hike complaint to Chancellor Locked

A collection of pro-renewable organisations have sent an open letter to Sajid Javid in an effort to stop the proposed VAT increase for domestic solar and storage systems.

13 Sep 2019

Storms could cost $1t in home damage each year by 2050, says UKGBC Locked

In response to the Global Commission on Adaptation report, the UK Green Building Council says storm surges could force hundreds of millions of people from their homes.

6 Sep 2019

ES submissions fall to lowest point in six years Locked

Government statistics for environmental statements submitted to local authorities in England show submissions have hit their lowest mark since 2012/13. They also point to much higher activity in London and the east of England than twelve months ago.

6 Sep 2019

Legal costs force fracking campaigners to drop challenge to protest injunction Locked

As Friends of the Earth lost its case to reduce the scope of an anti-protest injunction covering Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool to protect three defendants, the company received a warning for multiple breaches of its environmental permit.

6 Sep 2019

Treasury launches economics of biodiversity consultation Locked

HM Treasury is seeking evidence on the links between global biodiversity, biodiversity damage and prospects for sustainable economic growth for a high-profile review to be presented at a crucial global biodiversity conference in China in 2020. 

6 Sep 2019

Environment Agency sets up client support network

The agency has contracted £80m worth of client support for flood defence, other capital and improvement works, as well as initiating or commissioning research ranging from incentivising environmental performance to impact of sea level rise.

4 Sep 2019

Sprong loaded Locked

Is the UK’s deep housing retrofit market taking off? Not quite, but we’re seeing definite progress. Eoin Redahan reports.

30 Aug 2019

Willmott Dixon uses plastic in roads for Bristol scheme Locked

Non-recyclable plastic will be used on the roads of its Ashton Rise development.

30 Aug 2019

New Zealand set to focus on construction materials to reduce emissions Locked

Carbon-cutting measures could cut the equivalent emissions of 500,000 cars each year in New Zealand alone, according to the New Zealand Green Building Council.

30 Aug 2019

Modular housing set for ex-laboratory site Locked

Wates Residential will deliver the homes as part of the Cardiff Living partnership.

30 Aug 2019

Scottish timber to tackle UK’s climate concerns? Locked

The timber industry can help solve the housing crisis without carbon emissions skyrocketing, said contributors to a Westminster inquiry.

23 Aug 2019

Government policy is ill-equipped for net zero, finds report Locked

The UK isn’t even on target to meet its legally binding targets for 2023 to 2032, let alone eliminate all carbon emissions by 2050, says the Science and Technology Committee.

20 Aug 2019

How can your business reduce its carbon footprint? Locked

Sensible waste management and an enlightened approach to the daily commute could cut costs and help the environment. Nic Redfern, finance director of KnowYourMoney.co.uk, outlines some of the simple measures you could take.

9 Aug 2019

Smarter models for solar energy production Locked

The Government’s plans to implement a Smart Export Guarantee for solar panel owners from 1 January 2020 could represent a significant step towards a greener future. The question is, how big of a step? Paul Hutchens, ceo of solar specialists Eco2Solar, answers this question and takes a look at the changing face of solar energy production.

9 Aug 2019

‘Resourcing challenges’ hit Natural England’s role in planning

Natural England has prioritised response to planning applications, but elsewhere its wider statutory planning consultee role is suffering from severe budget cuts.

UK
9 Aug 2019

Advanced solar panel material receives non-toxic boost Locked

US researchers claim to have created a lead-free perovskite semiconductor for the next generation of solar cells.

9 Aug 2019

BSI introduces framework for installation of energy efficiency measures Locked

The business standards company’s three publicly available specifications cover guidance on retrofitting dwellings, specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures, and certification.

9 Aug 2019

Permeable pavements cool cities by 30%? Locked

Rutgers University claims permeable concrete pavements both cool cities and are beneficial in terms of stormwater run-off.

9 Aug 2019

Infrastructure coalition targets Net Zero Locked

A new coalition of public and private organisations has committed to a five-pronged strategy aimed at ensuring building and engineering infrastructure is aligned with the UK’s challenging Net Zero goal for 2050, minimising whole-life emissions and avoiding carbon lock-in.

8 Aug 2019

Energy storage costs to halve as boom takes hold Locked

The global market for battery storage is headed towards a boom, as investment increases and costs tumble, driven by need to balance growing intermittent renewable generation and sharp growth in the electric vehicles sector.

8 Aug 2019

Bank of America Tower given highest US building certification Locked

Skanska’s office development has received LEED® Version 4 Platinum certification for its core and shell by the US Green Building Council.

8 Aug 2019

Modification could make air conditioners five times more efficient Locked

A readily available solvent could hold the key to making heating, ventilation, and air conditioning 500% more efficient, say researchers at Tsinghua and Brown Universities.

8 Aug 2019

Construction underway on UK’s first Passivhaus Premium project Locked

South West College’s Erne Campus could generate more renewable energy than it requires, says the Passivhaus Trust.

8 Aug 2019

Imperial appoints sustainability leader Locked

The London university plans to make sustainability the “easy choice” for its community.

8 Aug 2019

Energy bench-marking tool developed for non-domestic buildings Locked

UCL and CIBSE have created an online platform to provide benchmarks that represent current energy use trends in buildings.

2 Aug 2019

Liverpool Mayor asks PM for low-carbon backing Locked

Mayor Joe Anderson has submitted a £230m Green Deal bid to Government.

2 Aug 2019

Upcycled cork building on Stirling Prize shortlist Locked

Six projects have been shortlisted by the Royal Institute of British Architects.