Radical approach urged to decarbonise buildings

Progress towards meeting the UK’s legally binding net zero by 2050 target is “a long way off track” according to a report, which says “a radical new approach” will be required to decarbonise housing.

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Grenfell risk assessments did not consider external walls

Grenfell Tower’s external walls should have been included in fire risk assessments carried out ahead of the fatal blaze at the residential block, an expert witness has told the Inquiry into the incident. The walls carried combustible cladding that contributed to the rapid spread of fire in June 2017.

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Audit office slams “rushed” green homes scheme delivery

Government’s scrapped green homes retrofit discount scheme has been branded as “over ambitious” and “rushed” by the National Audit Office after supporting energy efficiency installations in less than a tenth of the number of houses originally targeted.

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Construction directors banned for insolvency fraud

Two directors of a construction company which went into liquidation last year have been disqualified for nine years each after diverting over £124,000 away from creditors.

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Review ruled out over Heathrow runway plan

Plans to build a third runway at Heathrow have received a fresh boost after the Transport Secretary revealed he does not intend to review the National Policy Statement underpinning the scheme, following pleas to do so on climate grounds and in light of Covid impacts.

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Firm fined for repeated safety failings

Repeated health and safety breaches which gave rise to significant risk on a site in Bolton have landed a construction firm with a large fine following an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive.

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Settlement secured after fall at Canary Wharf site

A settlement worth £900,000 has been reached between a construction worker who was seriously injured when he fell eight metres at a site in Canary Wharf and his employer, Over the Edge Rope Access & Safety Netting Ltd.

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Small firms fall short on modern slavery action

Many construction businesses are falling short of taking meaningful action to tackle modern slavery, with current legislation focusing mainly on requirements for large companies while some smaller firms are adopting little more than a ‘tick box’ approach, according to new research.

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Carillion auditor accused of misleading financial regulator

KPMG is facing a disciplinary tribunal over alleged misconduct regarding the provision of information to the Financial Reporting Council’s investigation into its audits of collapsed contractor Carillion’s finances.

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Sector welcomes delay to product marking changes

Confirmation that planned changes to British product safety marking rules are set to be delayed for a year following concerns raised by businesses has been welcomed by the construction sector.

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