environmental

British Gas plans £15m solar installation scheme for schools

British Gas has unveiled a £15m investment in solar technology for schools in Britain.

Carbon trading threatens construction products manufacturers

Manufacturers of heavyside construction materials will lose out to non-EU countries under plans to cut CO2 emissions. Production of cement steel and aluminium were identified as under threat from other countries in a study by the Carbon Trust.

On site renewables worth £2.8 billion

A new report from the Renewables Advisory Board (RAB), which advises Government on renewable energy issues, provides the first in depth analysis of the role of on site energy generation in the delivery of the Government's policy of ensuring that all new homes are zero carbon from 2016.

UK to build the world's biggest biomass plant

Energy Secretary John Hutton has given the green light to a 350MW wood-chipped fuelled electricity generating plant in Port Talbot, South Wales.

Government warned to speed up investment in flood defences

The government must speed up its investment in flood defences or risk a repeat of the devastation caused in the summer, council leaders have today warned.

Small builders need carbon help

Carbon reduction will not be achieved unless more is done to support small to medium-sized building contractors.

Manchester museum plans Eden project clone

Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry has unveiled plans for a massive £54m redevelopment of its Castlefield site.

London Mayor reveals sustainable construction shortlist

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, today revealed the shortlist for a project to improve energy efficiency in London Authority Group buildings.

Somerset demolition company faces illegal dumping fine

A Somerset based demolition company has had to pay over £43,000 after illegally dumping controlled waste.

Insurers slam flood defence investment

The Association of British Insurers have slammed the Government's planned expenditure on the UK's flood defences as too little too late.And now its members, facing bills of up to £3 billion for this year's floods, may even withdrawn from insuring flood risk.

Galliford Try wins English Partnerships housing scheme

Galliford Try has won preferred bidder status for English Partnerships' planned redevelopment of the former Graylingwell hospital site on the outskirts of Chichester, West Sussex.

Grant Associates submit proposal for Piccadilly Gardens Living Roof

The landscape architects Grant Associates has submitted plans for an innovative ‘living roof’ for the pavilion building in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester.

Housebuilder submits new plans for Whittingham hospital site

Taylor Wimpey has submitted fresh plans to develop 147 acres of the derelict Whittingham hospital site, following consultation with the local community.

Average four bedroom house gets ‘E` energy rating

The average four-bedroom house is getting an E energy rating, according to a survey following the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates(EPCs) and Home Information Packs(HIPs).

Environmentalists snub nuclear construction scheme

The Government’s plans to construct nuclear power stations was today given an almighty snub when environmentalists pulled out of a consultation, describing the process as a “sham and a fraud”.

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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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