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Consumers want tighter EU rules to tackle illegal timber  Rate it
Consumers want tighter EU rules to tackle illegal timber In a poll carried out by WWF, 76 per cent of UK consumers want better laws that ensure the legality of wood products on the market in the UK and across Europe, a new survey finds. Major timber-related businesses from the UK and other EU countries, from producers to retailers, have also signed a new statement to the European Commission calling for the EU to tighten the current rules on illegal timber use. read more...

Widespread layoffs follow squashing of Green Deal  Rate it
Widespread layoffs follow squashing of Green Deal Construction and refurbishment businesses across the UK are reeling after Green deal got trashed by the UK government. Mr Paul Greaves, the managing director of Firstcall Home Assist and Firstcall Trade services said: 'Many companies have done exactly what the Government had asked and invested thousands of pounds training and developing new and existing staff, in what was thought to be the 'biggest retrofit since the Second World War', only then to see them back out and pull the funding with devastating effect.' read more...

First Passivhaus Youth Hostel gets underway  Rate it
First Passivhaus Youth Hostel gets underway Work is about to start on the UK's first ever Passivhaus Bunk House, designed and managed by Potter & Holmes Architects. As well as being first, the Passivhaus Certified project will also be the largest building in Gloucestershire with this certification. When completed in Spring 2016, the new bedrooms will play host to parties of school children as well as providing accommodation for those attending courses and workshops run by the building owner, New Brewery Arts. read more...

WWF-UKs forest campaign attracts influential support  Rate it
WWF-UK’s Forest Campaign An influential and long established organisation which represents much of the timber trade in the UK has officially signed up to support WWF-UK’s Forest Campaign, allowing the campaign’s sustainability message to reach much of the UK’s timber industry. read more...

Burwalls House energy saving redevelopment begins  Rate it
Burwalls House energy saving redevelopment begins Built in 1872, the Jacobean-style Burwalls House in Bristol is set to undergo major redevelopment to create a series of new high-specification residential properties. Appointed at the planning stage, Darren Evans Assessments Ltd provided a series of energy assessments to help the complex project receive planning permission and allow construction to begin. read more...

Sustainablility Award for UK builders merchant  Rate it
managed Forest on San Juan Island A UK timber and builders merchant has been recognised by WWF-UK and awarded the highest timber scorecard rating for its overall efforts in responsibly and sustainably sourcing timber products. read more...

UK's oldest eco-building magazine to end and a new Ezine is born  Rate it
UK's oldest eco-building magazine to end and a new Ezine is born The very last paper edition of Green Building magazine has now been published and will soon be reborn as GBEzine. Like it's predecessor, GBEzine will be a powerful voice for appropriate, well considered eco-building. read more...

The Merton Rule - is it the last hope for the UK renewables sector?  Rate it
The Merton Rule - is it the last hope for the UK renewables sector? The Merton Rule may be the only mechanism left in place that could be used to help offset the onslaught of backtracking policies currently being rained down on the green building movement by the present UK government. The Merton Rule is so named after the Local Authority that in 2003 adopted the first prescriptive planning policy in the UK that required new commercial buildings over 1,000 square meters to generate at least 10% of their energy needs using on site equipment powered by renewable energy (sun, wind or water). read more...
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