• FSB welcomes Building to Net Zero recommendations

    The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is correct to highlight that the lack of a Government retrofit strategy remains a barrier to greening the nation’s homes and upskilling the UKʼs workforce in order to deliver a truly sustainable built environment, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the EAC’s recent Building to Net Zero report.
  • £650m boost for energy efficient building stock

    As the government announced £650m investment to upgrade public buildings with low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures Gillian Charlesworth, CEO, Building Research Establishment (BRE) commented: “The UK has one of the oldest and least energy-efficient building stocks in Europe, which unnecessarily inflates demand for natural gas.
  • Sustainable case studies: Bunhill 2 Energy Centre

    The Bunhill 2 Energy Centre in Islington, London, is an innovative facility that transfers heat from the London Underground to people’s homes. We spoke to practice leader Carol Costello from architects Cullinan Studio about how it was achieved.
  • EAC calls for embodied carbon regulation

    The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has released a report including recommendations for how the construction industry can meet climate change challenges and including a call for embodied carbon regulation.
  • Bridging the skills gap

    David Adams asked in May’s issue of Building Engineer if there was a way for those on apprenticeships to meet in the middle with those about to retire: Chris Farr FCABE provides an answer
  • SocEnv Award Winners

    Society for the Environment (SocEnv) held its annual awards ceremony on 8 June to celebrate the achievements of the environmental professional community – including announcing the winners of the 2022 SocEnv Awards.
  • Futurebuild report – health in focus

    The Futurebuild convention and the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) have published their collaborative ‘Futurebuild Report’, which looks at how construction industry working practices can develop and improve, with a focus on worker health.
  • Modernising the Home Energy Rating Scheme

    The Building Research Establishment has agreed a new project with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to overhaul the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP).
  • Solar concerns over development costs

    Housebuilders are worried the focus on solar panels could increase development costs. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has criticised the government’s energy strategy for increasing the use of solar panels rather than wind turbines – one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy – and described the decision as shying away from changing planning laws to facilitate onshore wind turbines.
  • SocEnv unveils new visual identity and website

    The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) has launched its brand-new website – socenv.org.uk – alongside a new visual identity. These changes bring an improved user experience, greater accessibility and enhanced engagement for the environmental professional community.
  • The Retrofit house

    James Cash takes a closer look at a project in northeast London that has become a textbook example for retrofitting cold and leaky older buildings
  • Interview: Sir Philippe Samyn

    In the first of a series of case studies looking at world-leading sustainable developments, we speak to Sir Philippe Samyn about his BREEAM Award-winning Maison Administrative de la Province de Namur.
  • How ethical is the engineering profession?

    The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched an ethics survey to hear the views of UK-based engineers and technicians on behaviours and motivations in the workplace, and CABE is encouraging its members to get involved.