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The latest environmental news and green issues affecting buildings and the construction industry, from eco towns and solar technology to sustainable building, recycling and construction regulations.

Crown Estate green roof initiative attracts wildlife to London's West End

London’s West End may not seem the ideal habitat for wildlife, but wrens, thrushes and bats are making it their home.

Cardiff University opens first 'energy positive' house in Britain

Britain’s first low cost 'energy positive’ house, which can generate more electricity than its occupants will use, opens on Thursday despite George Osborne axing plans to make housebuilders meet tough low carbon housing targets from next year.

Make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority, business leaders tell Osborne

Leaders of major UK companies, including Whitbread, BAM Construct, Willmott Dixon and Kingfisher, have called on George Osborne today to put energy efficiency at the heart of the Government’s economic plan.

Green Deal passes £50m loans barrier

The Green Deal, the Government’s home energy efficiency scheme that has struggled to get off the ground, has broken through the £50 million barrier in terms of loan applications and finance plans passing through the system.

Labour pledges to make energy efficiency a "national infrastructure priority"

Labour has promised to retrofit five million homes over the next decade, making them warmer and cheaper to heat, and to create a million new green jobs.

Election 2015: Tories right to buy is bad news for our sustainable homes crisis

Ignore the mudslinging. The problem with right to buy is that it’s a distraction we can ill afford from the real housing crisis – creating enough affordable, energy efficient homes in Britain – argues Andrew Eagles, managing director of Sustainable Homes.

Conservative's housing right to-buy pledge attacked for being unsustainable

The Conservatives have come under fire after David Cameron pledged to give people the chance of a "good life" by extending Margaret Thatcher’s right-to-buy scheme to 1.3 million families in housing association properties.

UK flouting EU energy efficiency laws, campaigners say

Energy waste campaigners are calling for Brussels to file legal proceedings against the UK for flouting EU energy-saving laws, following new research by the AEA Ricardo consultancy.

GPs to prescribe fuel poor with green home retrofit solutions in £3m scheme

The UK Government is preparing a national programme for doctors to prescribe boilers, insulation and double glazing to fuel-poor patients suffering from diseases exacerbated by cold homes.

Big Six are cause of Green Deal failure, Greg Barker says

The Big Six energy companies undermined the Government’s flagship programme to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock, according to the former Climate Minister who is now David Cameron’s climate envoy.

New regulations to force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes

Landlords will be banned from renting out England and Wales’ draughtiest homes from 2018 in a bid to cut energy bills and carbon emissions.

Caroline Lucas: the Infrastructure Bill threatens our environment and ignores energy efficiency

What will £15 billion spent on roads do for air pollution? I’m tabling an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill because it’s time to start legislating for the common good, says Green Pary MP Caroline Lucas.

Government to release £100m more to Green Deal in tranches

Homeowners will be able to claim up to £5,600 from the Government towards home improvements such as a new boiler and cavity wall insulation from Wednesday 10 December – but the money may not be around for long.

Dutch green retrofit scheme could insulate 100,000 UK homes with EU funding

More than 100,000 homes across the UK could be given a carbon neutral retrofit by 2020 if the EU approves funding for a ground-breaking green social housing project this month.

Tories 'starter homes' would be exempt from zero carbon standard

Up to 100,000 new homes are to be offered to first-time-buyers under the age of 40 at a discount of 20 per cent if the Tories win the next election, David Cameron has pledged.

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Crown Estate green roof initiative attracts wildlife to London's West End
The Wild West End initiative will include a green roof with 20 species of flowers to attract butterflies and bees
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