environment

The road to sustainability is clear, I think

Innovation and working together are the key ingredients for house builders to meet zero carbon targets, says Darren Dancey

Waste planning without force

Site waste management plans may no longer be compulsory, but a waste-aware industry may well still use them, says Peter Baber

The Green Deal's unhappy birthday

The Green Deal's first birthday was marked by widespread calls for reform, says Peter Baber

Out with the old, in with the new

Research out this week from the NHBC and Zero Carbon Hub shows that families who live in new build homes built to 2013 standards could save more than £1,400 a year in their energy bills when compared to their neighbours in older homes, says Holly Squire

A lot more than hot air

Air source heat pumps may have been slower to take off than their ground source cousins, but, says Graham Hazell, both are likely to become increasingly popular as regulations get tougher

A knotty problem

You may have only heard of Japanese Knotweed (or fallopia japonica, to give it its Latin name) as the subject of some horror story about how the plant took over somebody’s house almost like a Triffid, and how it’s impossible to eradicate – both exaggerations, as it happens.

Nuclear power takes centrestage

Today, in one of the largest ever exercises of its kind, Ministers will canvass the views about nuclear power of a demographically representative sample of 1,100 citizens simultaneously across nine UK cities.

Work begins on Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden 'Gateway' centre

Xircon has begun the construction of the new state-of-the-art visitor centre at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.

SCF launches manifesto

The SCFhave presented themanifesto, ‘Building a modern construction industry’ to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.

Seven win government flood work

The Environment Agency last week said it has awarded its £500m National Contractor Framework for flood defence, waterways and water resources capital works programme.

Getting Up Close and Personal

Despite the complaints often made against them, even contractors don’t like noisy building work going on next to their homes. But when you’re redeveloping a former landfill site, noise is just one of a list of problems to deal with. B&E talks to RSK ENSR about how it calmed the waters on a Bolton project, and went out to meet the locals.

More low carbon buildings needed says Government Minister

Public sector buildings will be going green after the latest round of low carbon funding.

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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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