Buildings ‘should be retrofitted rather than rebuilt’ to decarbonise sector

The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission says current government tax structures incentivise the unnecessary demolition of buildings

Sustainable home
Half of people between ages of 25 and 40 ‘want next home to be green’

However, a new report shows only 24% of this group would actually be willing to pay more money for sustainable features

New York
New York looks to build a greener future with $30m competition

The programme aims to advance the design, construction and operation of low or zero-carbon buildings

ENGIE builds a clean future with construction supplier deal

The French gas and electricity giant will provide CEMEX with renewable power

Building developers ‘should be required to use low carbon construction’

Construction activities are currently responsible for around 7% of London’s nitrogen oxide emissions

UK Green Building Council launches project on energy performance

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has launched a new research to explore how building performance can be improved. It will focus on energy consumption, water use and other aspects which impact the environment. It follows an previous project which looked at how the building sector could deliver a zero carbon policy for non-domestic buildings by 2019. […]

Businesses commit to deliver ultra low energy buildings

A group of European businesses have committed to deliver ultra low energy buildings. The ‘Moving towards net zero buildings’ initiative was proposed by the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group in Paris at COP21. It aims to help deliver ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ (nZEB) for new build by 2020 and refurbished buildings by 2030. Heathrow, British Land, Lloyd’s […]

Camouflaged solar? Scientists make white panels

Perhaps they were inspired by the snow of Switzerland’s famed mountains. A team of researchers in Switzerland is claiming a world first after creating white solar panels. They say the panels can blend into a building’s skin and become virtually invisible. Most PV modules, built to absorb as much sunlight as possible, appear blue-black. Their new […]

Green homes to make splash at old pool site

Building has begun on more than 40 energy efficient houses at a former swimming pool site in Cumbria. Costing £6 million and due to be ready in 2015, developers say the homes for rent at Grange-over-Sands will bag a level three in the Code for Sustainable Homes based on the building fabrics alone. The national […]

‘Cutting VAT would encourage energy saving renovations’

A coalition of 34 organisations from the housing sector has called on George Osborne to cut VAT on renovation and repair work. In an open letter to the Chancellor ahead of his Autumn statement the group asks for VAT on domestic building work to be cut down from 20% to 5%, in order to make […]