Carbon comeback

The Carbon Action Standard is the basis of the UK’s drive for better energy efficiency. Becky Toal investigates the effects it can have on commercial property

Cash in the wind

Renewable energy sources are set to boost Scotland in a big way. Estates Review assesses the opportunities that lie ahead

Sustainable futures

As Lend Lease prepares to commit to a substantial regeneration project in South London Estates Review speaks to Dan Labbad about the growing presence of sustainability within the UK property industry and what the future holds for it

Opposing sides of the story

The need for renewable energy is as high as ever before, yet planning restrictions could hamper the emergence of wind power. Rhian Lees and Andy Brand examine the issue further

Commercial clarity

With economic instability still affecting the property market, Michelle Kershaw looks at the knock-on effects businesses face regarding gas and energy suppliers

How sustainable was 2010?

As the year-end approaches, Sarah Speight reviews some of the green policies, legislation and schemes of 2010

Heating up

As renewable energy continues to make inroads across the UK., we access the impact Geothermal energy could have in the future


Hitting the green wall

Helen Garthwaite and Gavin Ingham Brooke ask whether the UK’s zero carbon targets are really achievable

Commercially viable

Marc Blomfield suggests that the coalition Government’s emphasis on commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as a tool to fight climate change is set to follow a similar path to residential EPCs

Heating in harmony

With the drive to make wider use of renewable energy sources, engineers are faced with the challenge of integrating them with each other and with conventional technologies. Geoff Lord considers some of the key factors


Put remedial works ahead of renewables

While renewables are being proclaimed as the key to meeting environmental obligations, Stroma suggests that a simpler and more cost-effective solution is being overlooked: improving air-tightness

Technical efficiency

Ian Clarke provides an overview of the practical measures businesses can take to achieve a low carbon future


Britain’s Energy Coast acting locally, thinking globally

Luke Dicicco outlines how Cumbria’s coastline is helping to power the nation and presenting great local opportunities along the way

For the ‘L’ of it

Lee Davies explains the requirements behind Part L building compliance and argues that it need not be a costly adaptation for property owners

System of reduction

Carbon Neutral outlines the business case for offset inclusive carbon management

Start thinking smart

A new generation of workplace energy performance technology is emerging that helps deliver high levels of efficiency in offices and commercial environments at the mere touch of a button, explains Ian Johnson

The profitable green roof that puts you in the black

With the recent introduction of the government-backed renewable energy fund, there’s never been a better time to adopt solar technology, explains Rob Jackson

Treading lightly

James Blackburn sheds light on the future greening of commercial properties across the UK and asks what changes have to be made to improve their sustainable status

Feed into the grid and gain

While the drive to encourage energy efficiency in buildings has largely focused on domestic property, some of the incentives on offer are equally applicable and rewarding for businesses too, explains Paul Roche

Rising contractual obligations

Brad Fearn outlines the details of new developments from the Joint Contracts Tribunal that place sustainability and environmental concerns at the heart of new business for the construction industry

Taking the power back

In the wake of a sluggish economy, rising energy costs are an expense that businesses and property owners simply can’t afford. As Phil McCabe explains, they shouldn’t have to either

Pulling the plug on inefficiency

Paul Roche discusses the sustainable changes that businesses and commercial property owners can make to improve their buildings – and the importance of them then doing so

The latest

Businesses at risk from substandard lightning protection

Organisations are putting their premises at risk through sub-standard lightning protection services that could result in repair and insurance costs totaling thousands, a leading provider has warned

Specialist service sparks business growth for Darlington company

Darlington-based Stone Technical Services has become one of the UK leaders in the specialist field of lightning protection after securing a number of new contracts and thanks to being one of the most accredited in the specialist area

French Connection to shed stores

Clothing retailer French Connection is set to close 14 of its UK stores. Shops to close include high profile shopping…

Kent’s county town and business capital

Maidstone is the administrative and commercial centre of Kent. It is also the county town. Yet Maidstone’s excellent location and communications links, coupled to a readily available supply of quality office space mean that it’s true potential remains untapped

Foreclosure rates of commercial properties across the EU soar

Commercial property rates hurt, says RICS

Q4 property recovery stalls on eurozone crisis

Minimal economic growth and lack of available funds in part attributable to the eurozone crisis saw 2011 end on a…

Admiralty Arch heads to market

HM Government has announced it is to sell the long leasehold interest of the iconic Admiralty Archway. The Grade I…

Battersea falls before first hurdle

Administrators have been appointed on behalf of Lloyds Banking Group and Irish National Management Agency to oversee the repossession and…



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