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Damien Hirst's eco-homes are expected to come with a hefty price tag

Damien Hirst eco-homes 'out of reach' for ordinary buyers

Plans by controversial artist Damien Hirst to build 500 eco-homes in North Devon have been greeted with optimism by sustainability experts, but some question whether the scheme will do much to promote affordable housing.

An artist's impression of the T-Pylon

Winner of pylon redesign competition announced

The T-Pylon has a won a competition to possibly replace one of the country's most iconic energy structures.

Grand designs on water

Water sensitive urban design has a big role to play in creating an economical and resilient water infrastructure for the UK, argues Paul Shaffer, associate of the construction industry association, CIRIA

Mr Ingram (left) and Mr Roberts charge a Peugeot Ion

Electric drive piloted by car rental firm

Electric cars will be used to pick up customers under a pilot by a car rental firm.

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Ecobuild 2011 gears up for its best ever year

Record attendance is expected at this year's Ecobuild exhibition at London's ExCeL centre.

Clay Country eco-community pilot plans begin

Plans have begun for the development of an eco-community in West Carclaze/Baal, Mid Cornwall.

Eco-town demonstration house work begun

Work has begun on a demonstration house for the proposed Oxfordshire eco-town in Bicester.

Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin demands end of peat compost

A phase out of all peat in compost has been put forward by the Government in an effort to cut down emissions of CO2.

£60m for ecotowns

Four communities in southern England are to share £60m of Government cash to build 'eco show homes' as part of the wider ecotowns agenda.

A Difficult Balance

Relations between countries have never been so important. Jeremy Richardson reviews the Copenhagen Accord - and discusses the future of the Clean Development Mechanism market

Hampshire homes receive energy efficiency funding

Soft loans that are paid back at the rate at which they save money are now on offer to some Hampshire householders interested in improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

The O2 Arena in Greenwich part of the Thames Gateway

Tories put off decision on Thames Gateway

Funding problems for Arab investors and a possible U-turn by the Conservatives makes for interesting times in Europe's largest regeneration zone.

The bean artwork in downtown Chicago

Chicago closes for the day

The US city of Chicago closed all non-essential services yesterday (17 August) in an effort to save money and natural resources.

City becomes 'living laboratory' to tackle climate change

A project to help cities cope with climate change has been launched in Manchester this week.

Lessons from the future

All waste is recycled. Cars are banned, with rapid-transit pods in their place. Wind towers, geothermal technology, and virtually every surface, collect energy. It sounds like science fiction but, writes Erik Jaques, this is the world's first zero-carbon city - and it's being built now

Making SUDS standard practice

The problem with the uptake of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) is not one of technology, writes Bob Sargent, vice chair of the EIC's Water Pollution Control Working Group

Fighting the failure of sustainable drainage

Despite the essential role of sustainable urban drainage systems, they are not being taken up as they should. So the EIC has presented recommendations to government to encourage their adoption. Bob Sargent reports.

Ready, steady BUILD

The UK housing sector faces unprecedented change, and the most ambitious sustainability targets in the world. Mike Scott reports on the challenges ahead

Cracking the zero carbon code

The building industry has an integral role to play in enabling the country to move to a sustainable future. Ensuring the code guiding this transition evolves in a consistent and responsive manner will be key to meeting government's target of zero carbon homes by 2016, writes Paul King

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