The latest sustainable construction news including design and management of buildings; materials performance; construction technology and processes; energy and resource efficiency in building, operation and maintenance.

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The Environment Bill and biodiversity net gain

The Environment Bill, which is currently going through parliament, will introduce a requirement for biodiversity net gain as a condition of planning permission in England. Aidan Thomson, partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, examines the bill’s provisions and what they could mean for developers.
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Tackling sustainability scepticism in the construction industry

Healthier, net zero carbon buildings will not be possible without changes in the construction sector. New technologies and ways of working are emerging but, argues Zisis Nikoloudis of Uponor, the industry must move quickly if it is to meet its sustainability goals.
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Delivering a net-zero carbon built environment

Momentum for sustainable buildings is building rapidly, but how will the UK’s property and construction sector tackle all the challenges that lie ahead in completely decarbonising the built environment? Karl Desai, senior adviser for Advancing Net Zero at the UK Green Building Council, takes a look.

Kier sets ambitious goal for sustainability

Kier’s ‘Building For A Sustainable World’ framework sets a direction of travel for the whole group and encompasses environmental sustainability and social sustainability.
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Plans in for Orchard Park development in Cambridge

Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) has submitted a revised planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council for the mixed-use development, Parcel L2, Orchard Park after working with Mole architects.

Go-ahead for £100m green neighbourhood in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Council has approved ambitious £100m plans to transform Meadowbank into one of Edinburgh’s greenest neighbourhoods.
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HS2 unveils ambitious air quality plans

HS2 has revealed ambitious air quality plans, including ‘designing out’ emissions, introducing renewable energy on construction sites and zero-pollution machinery.
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Jacobs appointed to river restoration framework across England

Jacobs has been was awarded a place on Affinity Water's Restoration Framework, providing management, appraisal, modelling and design input for river restoration schemes across England.

Vital Energi to provide £17m infrastructure package for Nine Elms

Vital Energi has secured a £17m contract to deliver the primary energy infrastructure package for the Greystar and Henderson Park, Nine Elms Park plots B and D development.
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ENGIE leads £28m sustainable development in Rotherham

ENGIE will lead the £28m transformation of council-owned brownfield land in Rotherham, to deliver 237 energy efficient homes.
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Green light for £80m regeneration of Manchester industrial site

Manchester City Council has approved an £80m regeneration plan for a mixed-use community with 410 new homes at Coleshill Street.
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Lead consultants chosen for major government-backed transport study

Atkins and Jacobs have been appointed as lead consultants on an important new study looking at transport improvements to support growth and regeneration in the corridor between Abbey Wood and Ebbsfleet.
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HS2: Low carbon concrete to reduce carbon emissions

HS2 contractors in London have begun using a new low carbon concrete product which provides a reduction of 42% in CO2 in comparison to a standard concrete.
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WorldGBC unveils new ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings’ signatories

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has published the latest signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.
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Skanska CEO named chair of CBI Construction Council

President and CEO of Skanska UK, Gregor Craig has been appointed as the new chair of the CBI Construction Council.
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£16m government funding to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland

Fuel-poor households are to benefit from a further £16m investment from the Scottish government to improve energy efficiency in their homes.
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When is building on the green belt the most sustainable option?

Developing the UK’s revered green belt is always contentious but, as Fieldfisher planning expert Dinah Patel explains, sometimes building on protected land can deliver a more positive outcome for communities and developers than the alternatives.
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Kier to deliver £30m semiconductor facility at Swansea University

Swansea University has appointed Kier to build a new state-of-the-art semiconductor facility which will bring together groundbreaking research with technology development.
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Graham delivers £24m sports centre in Northamptonshire

Graham has completed a new £24m sports centre at one of Britain's co-educational schools in the English market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire.
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Mace to deliver £140m green tech-driven office in Farringdon

Mace has been chosen to deliver 33 Charterhouse Street, a new green technology-driven office development in Farringdon.

Bristol leads the way to be carbon-neutral by 2030

Carbon emissions produced by Bristol City Council have dropped by nearly 80% since 2005, putting their buildings and transport services on track for being a carbon-neutral organisation by 2025.
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Sustainable building strategy to boost health and wellbeing

Sustainable buildings can help tackle the climate emergency and boost health and wellbeing in the wake of Covid-19, says the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).
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Green light for 58 new homes at Bramley Hill

Brick By Brick and Common Ground Architecture have secured planning permission for a new housing scheme at Bramley Hill which will provide 58 new homes.
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RED to deliver refurbishment project at Greville Street

RED Construction Group, has been appointed by Seaforth Land to deliver a refurbishment project at 20-23 Greville Street, in central London.
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Construction waste: The importance of recycling in construction

Phil Sutton, founder of Econpro, discusses the waste generated by the construction industry. Construction waste accounts for approximately a third of all waste generated in the EU, including materials such as concrete, plastic, metals, and glass.

Counting the carbon cost to transform building

The drive towards a more sustainable environment is important ecologically and economically. Rhys Tyler and David Philp of AECOM discuss how BIM and machine learning can be deployed to count the cost of carbon and transform how and what we build.

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