Environment

BSRIA voices concern over VAT hike for renewables

BSRIA is concerned with the outcome of a government consultation in which a proposed a 15 per cent VAT hike for domestic solar panels and other renewable energy products could happen after falling foul of EU rules.

£40m to be spent on flood defences

Prime Minister David Cameron today announced a package of more than £40m to rebuild and improve flood defences in the aftermath of Storm Eva.

Developers and investors still not fully aware of risks in student housing

Willis, the world’s third-largest insurance broker, has warned developers and investors are still not fully aware of the risks involved from being active in student accommodation.

Govt launches national flood protection review with promise of greater defences for Cumbrian communities

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has offered assurances to flood-hit communities in Cumbria that the Government will look to find further ways to protect them from future flooding.

Scotland report £10 million renewable energy benefits

Scotland’s communities are now benefitting by £10 million every year thanks to renewable energy projects, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

£10 million centre for climate change gets the go-ahead at University of Sheffield

A new £10million Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, led by the University of Sheffield, has been announced, in a bid to address one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century.

Insulation industry shares Climate Change Committee concerns over Govt’s 400,000 new homes

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has expressed its “surprise and concerns” that the 400,000 new homes announced by Government may need to be retrofitted with insulation and other energy-saving measures in the next few years to meet the UK’s carbon saving target.

Mayor launches action plan for sustainable drainage to tackle London’s future flood risk

London faces the risk of major flooding by 2050 unless its ageing and overstretched sewer system can be bolstered by a “radical” new sustainable drainage system, according to a draft report from the Mayor’s office.

Scottish minister outlines ambitious land reform proposals

The benefits of the Land Reform Bill will be “potentially life-changing for individuals and communities across Scotland”, environment minister Dr Aileen McLeod said today.

WWF awards ‘Three Trees’ to Redrow Homes in recognition of sustainable timber sourcing

Redrow Homes has become the first major UK housebuilder to win ‘three trees’ from WWF in recognition of its commitment to sourcing sustainable timber for its developments.

Parliamentary group launches inquiry into energy efficiency of private rented housing

An all party group of MPs and Peers is calling for submissions to an inquiry into the energy efficiency of housing in the private rented sector.

£800,000 up for grabs for solar powered irrigation pump development

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £800,000 to develop an affordable solar-powered irrigation pump for use in developing regions.

Solar planning applications almost double in July with subsidy cuts looming

Planning applications for solar farms have soared since the Government announced it was consulting on plans to end subsidy schemes for solar farms that produce 5 megawatts (MW) of power or below.

Government guarantees £2 billion support for Hinkley Point C

Chancellor announces government guarantee for a new nuclear power station planned in Somerset, whilst on a five day tour of China.

Esh Group and Sweden’s Trivselhus team up for energy efficient housing

A Swedish housebuilder is bringing its expertise in energy efficient homes to the North of England after entering into a joint venture with a Durham-based construction company.

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Features

2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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