Green building

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EU urged to ratchet up green energy standards for buildings
Call comes after ambitious early draft of EU energy performance in buildings directive ran into opposition

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

14, Dec, 2021 @11:10 AM

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England green homes scheme was ‘slam dunk fail’, says public accounts committee
Dame Meg Hillier says scheme cost £50m and delivered only a fraction of objectives

Sandra Laville

01, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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We’re losing our green homes grant because of supply problems
We were told we would be able to get £5,000 towards insulation and an air source heat pump

Miles Brignall

29, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Green homes grant scheme helped just 15,000 low-income households buy insulation
Government’s flagship home insulation scheme reached less than 7% of intended 600,000 households

Miles Brignall

01, Nov, 2021 @6:01 AM

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Isn’t it good, Swedish plywood: the miraculous eco-town with a 20-storey wooden skyscraper
Skellefteå has wooden schools, bridges, even car parks. And now it has one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings. We visit Sweden to see what a climate-conscious future looks like

Oliver Wainwright

14, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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My GP is amazing – and I know she’s not alone | Brief letters
Brief letters: In praise of GPs | Making tea | Green homes | Vaccine passports


14, Sep, 2021 @3:48 PM

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‘Forever chemicals’: the hidden threat from the toxic PFAS on your shelf
PFAS are used in paints, food packaging and even cosmetics. We know they are in our water, air, soil and bodies – but less about how they will affect us

Anna Turns

14, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘I would never spend that much on a kitchen!’: Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud on money, ambition – and expensive mistakes
For more than 20 years the designer and presenter has shown viewers what it really costs to build a dream home. He talks about the frayed emotions, failure and why the UK needs radical land reform

Emine Saner

13, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Audit office blames UK government for botched £1.5bn green homes scheme
Spending watchdog says home insulation drive was fatally rushed and missed chance to cut heating bills and create jobs

Jillian Ambrose

08, Sep, 2021 @5:01 AM

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We can’t build our way out of the environmental crisis | George Monbiot
New infrastructure projects are all the rage, post-pandemic. But who benefits from a rising tide of concrete, asks Guardian columnist George Monbiot

George Monbiot

01, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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How are our cities going to look in a rapidly heating world? It won’t be long before 50C will be normal | James Bradley
Hot weather bakes in disadvantage. Regenerating natural and living ecosystems will help us all

James Bradley

14, Jun, 2021 @5:30 PM

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London Design Biennale 2021; Kingston Cycle Hub – reviews
The lofty words on sustainability from designers from around the world in London are given more concrete form further up the Thames

Rowan Moore

06, Jun, 2021 @10:00 AM

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