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17 December 2010 Breaking news: Four working groups thrash out Green Deal details

The Green Deal programme set out in the government’s new Energy Bill will lead to the introduction of a new government-backed “quality mark” for multi-skilled individuals and rigorous assessment to ...

17 December 2010 Relief and warnings over localism bill

The government has apparently dropped its plans to give local communities the right to appeal all planning permissions, Building reported. As expected, the government's delayed Localism and Decentralisation Bill proposes ...

17 December 2010 Huhne boosts low carbon energy, but steps back on green bank

The government has published a long-awaited consultation on the review of how the energy market is regulated and priced, in a move which it is hoped will give energy companies ...

17 December 2010 “Crisis of confidence” in timber frame

The London Assembly has warned that an urgent investigation of fire regulations on timber-framed construction sites is needed, Construction News reported. A report from the assembly’s planning and housing committee ...

13 December 2010 John Bale's blog: re-thinking construction and higher education

December: why we need to re-think construction yet again Paul Morrell, the government's chief construction adviser, is calling for the restructuring of the industry around partnership working. Sounds familiar? Much ...

13 December 2010 BIM could be at the heart of BSF replacement

Building information modelling is understood to be at the centre of the schools capital review team’s thinking on how schemes can be built at substantially lower outturn costs, according to ...

13 December 2010 Willmott Dixon and Skanska target housebuilding

Contractor Willmott Dixon is set to take on development risk in a scheme to build up to 1,500 homes for rent in a joint venture with Birmingham council, Building reported. ...

13 December 2010 KPMG: contractors pricing jobs to break even

More than one in eight - thirteen per cent - of UK construction firms are pricing jobs for no profit according to a KPMG survey, Building reported. KPMG’s global construction ...

03 December 2010 Low Carbon Construction report: recommendations in full

Of the 65 recommendations in the final Low Carbon Construction IGT report, a large number involved either action and legislation from government departments, or the establishment of joint industry-government forums ...

03 December 2010 Olympic village workers at risk of redundancy

Bovis Lend Lease is to put 150 staff currently working on the 2012 athletes’ village at risk of redundancy, Building reported. Staff on the Olympic athletes’ village scheme, which is ...

03 December 2010 Architects “cream off” over £1m in BSF advice fees

Two architecture practices received a total of £1.1m in fees by acting as Client Design Advisers on Birmingham council’s Building Schools for the Future scheme, a Freedom of Information request ...

03 December 2010 Morrell asks industry to cut costs by 10-30%

The government's chief construction adviser Paul Morrell is calling for the construction industry to restructure and collaborate to cut project costs by 10- 30 per cent, according to Building magazine. ...