China partners with World Green Building Council to cut carbon

China is the largest building construction market globally, with up to two billion square metres constructed every year

Macquarie buys 50% stake in environmental monitoring firm

Australian bank Macquarie said it is buying a 50% stake in an environmental monitoring company. British firm Spectris’ subsidiary Brüel & Kjær (EMS B&K) specialises in offering continuous environmental monitoring to infrastructure and mining firms, enabling real-time compliance and improving the operational efficiency of those subject to constraints such as noise and air pollution. For example, […]

London mayor seeks powers to fight non-road pollution

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is calling on the government to grant him additional powers to fight non-road pollution sources in the capital. He has written to Environment Secretary Michael Gove about measures, including new zones where the burning of solid fuels like wood and coal is not allowed. Non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) like diggers and […]

Environment in the spotlight in UK’s biggest road upgrade

The biggest road upgrade under construction in the UK aims to leave a positive footprint on the local environment. Highways England’s £1.5 billion upgrade to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon will use renewable energy where possible and make the most of naturally-occurring materials on site to build the road. The project team, which includes […]

First concrete poured at Hinkley Point C

EDF has announced concrete has been poured for the first permanent structures at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Six months after contracts were signed for the controversial nuclear power station in Somerset, its galleries, which are a network of connected tunnels to carry cabling and pipes, are being built. Construction of the building which will house the facility’s first reactor […]

Bumper year for UK offshore wind construction in 2016

Offshore wind construction in the UK hit a record high last year, according to new figures. The total construction value for projects reached £4.1 billion – up from £2.45 billion in 2015. Offshore wind farms alone accounted for 42% of UK construction contract values in the utilities and power sector and 21% of the entire […]

EVs find a home in construction industry

The construction industry is becoming a large market for electric vehicles (EVs). A new report from technology research firm IDtechEx forecasts that $15 billion (£12.16bn) of hybrid and electric construction vehicles will be sold in 2027. Despite lacking the generous grants seen in other sectors, the industry is seeing rising EV demand as excavators, bulldozers and loaders become […]

Property leaders team up against carbon

Leading property and construction organisations have urged the sector to keep its focus on decarbonisation. Eighteen organisations, led by the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC), have signed an open statement to the industry stressing the importance of reducing carbon emissions regardless of the EU exit negotiation results. Part of the statement reads: “A low carbon built environment can […]

Guest Blog: Wayne Mitchell – Matching demand with supply for the construction industry

Matching demand with supply for the construction industry For many in business, 2014 is proving a positive year for growth, as the economic recovery gathers pace. The construction industry in particular is experiencing an increase in output, with the latest Construction Trade Survey reporting a rise in activity across all areas, including building contractors, specialist […]

"10,000 jobs could be lost if green levies are scrapped"

More than 10,000 jobs in construction and insulation could be lost if the Government decides to cut green levies on energy bills. That’s according to the UK Green Building Council, which warned some could even go as early as Christmas. The Prime Minister David Cameron has said he want to “roll back” the levies to […]