‘Government must remove VAT on retrofits and help digitalise construction sector’

A new report by Green Alliance calls on the government to support digital technologies to help the sector recover and drive towards net zero

EU bank lends €250m for green homes in Paris

It says the new finance will help create 2,580 energy efficient new homes and generate 5,000 new jobs in Paris

Sweden’s tallest wooden tower ‘saves 550 tonnes of CO2’

The record-breaking solid-timber landmark which is nine floors high, uses high-precision technology involving solid timber with glued laminated elements that result in air-tight and energy-efficient construction

Mace builds plan to deliver net zero emissions in 2020

The international construction and consultancy company has committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its own development and operations as far as possible and offsetting all remaining emissions

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

EU bank lends £200m for nearly-zero energy buildings in Sweden

Swedish property company Wallenstam will use the financing to build sustainable affordable housing projects across the country

Could ‘living concrete’ help construction industry clean up its act on emissions?

Researchers from the Living Materials Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder have found a way to combine sand and bacteria to build a green living material that demonstrates similar strength to cement-based mortar

Vast majority of US builders are installing efficiency measures in new homes

A new report shows this is the case regardless of it they consider the home they are building to be green

UK’s cement industry slashes emissions by a quarter since 1998

A new report says the reduction in emissions was achieved largely due to businesses improving their energy efficiency credentials, using alternative feedstocks and utilising more renewable energy sources

Wates Group aims for zero carbon operations by 2025

The company has also pledged to reduce and eliminate waste from onsite operations during the same period