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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

2 Aug 2019

Novel heat storage material could reduce costs Locked

AMP Clean Energy and the University of Birmingham could enable firms to store the same amount of heat in a quarter of the space.

2 Aug 2019

High-spec battery for better renewable energy storage? Locked

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are working on a low-cost, high-performance battery chemistry.

1 Aug 2019

Shining a light on solar windows Locked

What if you could create a transparent glass that also serves as a solar panel? That’s what researchers in South Africa are developing. Eoin Redahan reports.

1 Aug 2019

European banks launch €10bn circular economy initiative Locked

Five European national promotional banks and institutions and the European Investment Bank hope the programme will help eliminate waste and increase resource efficiency.

26 Jul 2019

Welsh parties must commit to decarbonisation plan, says report Locked

The Welsh Government must commit to a 30-year decarbonisation plan, says an independent report.

26 Jul 2019

The Old Way and the Clay Locked

Let me tell you about these advanced materials. They’re energy-efficient, breathable, non-toxic, reusable, and reasonably priced. They’re called… clay and straw. Eoin Redahan reports.

26 Jul 2019

Negotiations on built environment sector deal begin Locked

The objectives of the deal include the delivery of more homes, the promotion of Proptech, and skills growth.

26 Jul 2019

Government is too slow on cladding removal post-Grenfell, finds report Locked

The Government has been way too slow to reform the building and fire safety regime following the Grenfell fire tragedy, says the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee.

25 Jul 2019

£3m offered for smart energy systems Locked

Businesses which develop technology to improve the efficiency of local energy systems can bid for a share of the money.

25 Jul 2019

Overheating homes toolkit launched Locked

The Good Homes Alliance’s tool aims to mitigate overheating risks in new housing at the design stage.

25 Jul 2019

Major materials firms urged to make climate change pledge Locked

A group of investors has implored major construction material firms to put measures in place now to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.