21 Mar 2019

Bold choices required for a fossil fuel free 2050, finds report Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A fully decarbonised Europe is feasible by 2050 but robust policies are needed to enable this transition, claims a European Climate Foundation-commissioned report.

21 Mar 2019

HS2 waste heat to warm 500 homes? Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Waste heat from the high-speed trains could be used to power central heating in Old Oak Common in North West London.

21 Mar 2019

Spring statement: biodiversity moves welcomed but warnings on funding and climate change Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Philip Hammond’s biodiversity net gain measures were well received but some criticised the Chancellor of the Exchequer for inaction in key areas. Here is how industry responded.

18 Mar 2019

Construction heavyweights call for binding environmental targets Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A group of 23 organisations has called on the Government to set the binding targets in the Environment Bill.

18 Mar 2019

UK is ripe for Proptech leadership, says BPF Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A Government-backed digital real estate forum and additional state investment could help the UK become a global Proptech leader.

28 Feb 2019

Bristol Council looks to build 11 Zed Pods Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: If approved, the low-cost, low-carbon homes would be built over the Chalks Road car park by St George’s Park.

21 Feb 2019

£250m boost to housing and to garden towns Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A new government push on boosting housebuilding rates will help plug housing gaps in several areas, though there is uncertainty over the degree of future-proofing as carbon emissions standards tighten.

21 Feb 2019

Urgent measures needed as homes fail climate challenge Locked

Flood Briefing: Key sustainability and energy efficiency targets are set to be missed in both existing and new build homes unless policy ambition, quality control and enforcement are increased.

15 Feb 2019

Absence of action on zero carbon homes costs consumers £200/yr Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Since 2016, a continuing policy vacuum on achieving zero carbon standards has left new-build homeowners facing higher fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

14 Feb 2019

Large retrofit scheme must be backed to meet climate target, says report Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: By supporting an extensive net zero energy home retrofitting scheme, the UK has a far better chance of meeting its climate change targets, says the Green Alliance.

7 Feb 2019

Cheshire East Council backs eco-homes alongside wetland restoration

Ecology Briefing: The small-scale development will incorporate a range of sustainable building measures while also restoring local habitat.

4 Feb 2019

BEIS looks to boost non-domestic participation in smart meter benefits Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A new push from BEIS aims to boost uptake of smart meters in smaller businesses, promote lower energy use, better access to data and smart energy services.

31 Jan 2019

Retirement scheme refused due to solar gain concerns Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Bristol City Council has partly refused a 33-flat redevelopment project in Shirehampton as the South and West-facing properties would have been prone to excessive heat from the sun.

31 Jan 2019

High street loan fund looks to boost towns

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Government has made up to £50,000 available for bids that make local areas more attractive for business.

27 Jan 2019

RIBA slams extension of permitted development Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The architecture body feels that the Government’s change of use proposal could lead to tiny, sub-standard homes that would reduce well-being.

27 Jan 2019

World GBC moves towards sustainability framework Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Green Building Council’s consultation seeks to define what makes a truly sustainable building and strengthen the need for such buildings.

27 Jan 2019

Birmingham to build first modular home

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust has granted planning permission for the two-bed house in Hockley.

27 Jan 2019

Nottingham makes carbon neutral pledge Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The City Council plans to become carbon neutral by 2028.

22 Jan 2019

“Destination shopping” areas to grow, says CBRE Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: With the internet share of retail sales set to rise further, our retail spaces may be reimagined.

22 Jan 2019

Renewables body questions Clean Air Strategy focus

Sustainable Building Briefing: Low-carbon transport should be prioritised as a means of improving air quality ahead of tackling domestic biomass burners, says the Renewable Energy Association.

14 Jan 2019

CIRIA seeks to quantify off-site benefits

Sustainable Building Briefing: It will work with project contractor University of Cambridge to champion the benefits of off-site manufacturing using quantifiable data.

14 Jan 2019

Government to guarantee domestic solar payments Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The proposed Smart Export Guarantee ensures that those generating small-scale renewables will be paid for excess electricity supplied to the grid.

Europe, UK
14 Jan 2019

Manchester to make zero net carbon announcement Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Greater Manchester Combined Authority will announce a five-year plan to move towards carbon neutrality this March.

Europe, UK
15 Dec 2018

MMC inquiry launched by Government

Sustainable Building Briefing: The expanding role of modern methods of construction in the UK’s housing mix will be investigated by the Housing, Communities, and Local Government Committee.

6 Dec 2018

Government high-rise cladding ban could affect sustainable building Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Key sustainability features such as solar PV, green walls, timber cladding and brise soleil are being targeted in government's cladding restrictions, post-Grenfell.

30 Nov 2018

UKGBC to work out definition for net zero carbon buildings Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Definition will be used to used to inform project designs, reporting initiatives, planning requirements and building regulations.

22 Nov 2018

Off-site bathrooms reflect post-Brexit material concerns Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The purchase of prefabricated pods could ensure fixed bathroom prices regardless of Brexit, but rising material costs and the skills drain remain massive worries.

22 Nov 2018

Bristol Council makes net zero carbon pledge

Sustainable Building Briefing: The Council plans to make the city net carbon neutral by 2030.

16 Nov 2018

Far more focus on retrofits needed, says HBF Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The EPC performance of UK newbuilds remains high, but far larger carbon savings could be made by focusing on retrofitting our existing housing stock.

16 Nov 2018

Eight ways to cut district heating network costs Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The capital cost of UK heat networks could be reduced by 30-40% by evolving our approach, according to an Energy Technologies Institute-commissioned report.