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September 2006

Enough Brownfield Land For 1M Homes
New figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government recently suggest that existing "brownfield" land could accommodate up to one million new homes. The annual round up estimated that 63,500 hectares of previously developed land had been available for development in 2005... more
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Work Starts On Experimental Green Fenland Homes
Work has started on a pioneering £5.3m scheme to build more than 100 eco-friendly homes in Fenland. The project, split between three areas in March and Chatteris, will usher in a new approach to the construction of affordable properties, which emphasises sustainability and environmental performance, as well as comfortable... more  back to top

CAT Earth Building Gets Aussie Expertise To build the tallest earth walls in the UK, you need first hand experience of the environmentally-friendly material. Which is why the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has recruited structural engineer Toby Hodsdon of Buro Happold, to work on the Wales Institute of Sustainable Education (WISE), a new mini-university for... more
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Café Van Aims To Cut Construction Waste

Waste is endemic in the construction industry, and with growing concern for the sustainability of construction and ever-tougher landfill regulations, something has got to be done about it, say Kotuku, a London based non profit distributing environmental organisation, aiming to promote sustainable resource management in the construction industry through research, education and demonstration.

Kotuku's activities are mainly focused on the 90% of construction companies that employ less than eight people, with a specific aim to reduce the 13million tonnes of building products delivered to site and sent away unused. They spent two years researching the problem and came up with a novel solution - the Cafe Van - which travels around building sites delivering short and snappy presentations on waste minimisation and recycling materials to site workers and managers.

Arriving with drinks and sandwiches, Kotuku takes over the site’s tea break to deliver three interactive presentations on resource efficiency in building. The Cafe Van has proved extremely successful: more than 80% of the people who used the Cafe Van said that what they heard would influence the way they will work on site in future; knowledge of construction-related environmental issues almost doubled among participants; and after the three-session course, only 7% of participants felt they didn’t know very much about sustainability and resource efficiency (down from 66% before they visited the Van).

Kotuku have recently produced a report 'Ask the Fellows' in conjunction with recycling company London Remade. The report focuses on ways to reduce construction waste and inefficiency whilst increasing profitability. Ask the Fellows is based on findings taken from face to face research carried out from the Cafe Van in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Visit www.kotuku.org for further information.

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Council Semi Becomes Eco Home
A £140,000 experiment to convert a standard fifties built, semi-detached council house into a modern, energy efficient eco home is almost complete. The pilot project will enable St Albans District Council to assess which eco-features would be most effective for the rest of its housing stock... more  back to top

Plans Approved For Somerset Eco Homes
An innovative scheme to build affordable eco homes for low income families in West Somerset looks set to flourish after a revised plan for 30 units, of which 20 will be affordable homes to rent or buy, was approved by the council recently. The project will be developed in partnership with the Somerset Trust for Sustainable Development... more    back to top

Extra Funding For Scottish Renewables
Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicol Stephen has announced £6m of extra funding to help develop renewable energy in the east of Scotland. He said the Scottish Executive wanted to see more Scots companies moving into the sector. Successful companies could receive as much as £500,000 From the Sigma Sustainable Energies Fund, which more  back to top

Could We Have A Gas Shortage?
There are concerns over whether we will have enough gas supplies this winter says John Duckers. British consumers escaped problems by the skin of their teeth last year and the year before - will they be so lucky this time round? Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks recently admitted that Britain's gas supply this winter will be uncomfortably tight despite billions... more   back to top 

Solar & Wind Powered Recycling Centre For Hull
Residents in Hull will soon benefit from one of the most environment-friendly recycling centres in the region. Work is about to begin on a new household waste recycling facility in Wiltshire Road, west Hull, powered by a wind turbine and solar panels. The split-level facility will largely be constructed from recycled materials and will be... more
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Worldwide Solar Power Generation Growing Fast
According to speakers at the 21st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Dresden, world wide solar power generation is expected to increase by 25 per cent this year. In 2005, worldwide turnover in the sector was 5.8 billion euros (7.4 billion dollars), according to Heinz Ossenbrink, head of the Renewable Energy more
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20 September
Spotlight on Offsite - Cardiff

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27 September
Resource 06 - Watford

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5 October
External Wall Insulation seminar - Reading

...a seminar for specifiers majoring on modern construction methods incorporating insulated renders or claddings.

11 October
Sustainable Building - Eden Project

This conference will bring together leading practitioners of sustainable construction from the South West and beyond to share their experience and knowledge with you.

 

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