biodiversity net-gain

Developers must meet biodiversity net-gain requirements from this November, Defra confirms

The UK Government has confirmed developers must achieve 10% biodiversity net-gain at all large domestic, commercial and mixed-use sites from this November 2023, as reported in edie. It has, however, delayed the implementation of this mandate for smaller sites. Ensuring biodiversity net-gain at all developments was a key facet of the Environment Bill, which received […]

zero emissions cement

World’s first net zero-emissions cement production trial starts

Production trials are starting on the world’s first commercially available zero-emissions cement. The process developed at Cambridge University combines scrap steel recycling with cement clinker production. It uses recycled concrete as a flux rather than limestone. Over the planned two-year trial period, the Cement 2 Zero project will investigate both the technical and commercial aspects […]

Green Building Council

UKGBC launches new toolkit to accelerate the transition to a circular built environment

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published a toolkit to enable the construction industry to accelerate the shift from a linear to a regenerative, circular economy. Published in January this year, the toolkit is called ‘System Enablers for a Circular Economy’. It highlights systemic barriers and the policy and market-based solutions to enable the built […]


‘Fundamental flaws’ in HS2 nature assessments, says Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts have released a report detailing ‘fundamental flaws’ in nature assessments by HS2. The revelation was in the environmental journal in February. The report says HS2 undervalued natural habitats. Plus, it says the company underestimated the impact the railway’s construction will have on biodiversity. What’s more, HS2 also missed watercourses, ponds and trees […]

Updated version 10.1 fire code following further amendments

The 10th Edition of the ‘fire code’, Fire Prevention on Construction Sites, launched in 2022. Now, there is a revised version incorporating Amendment 1. As well as the main amendments, the Working Party has also taken the opportunity to incorporate a number of minor textual changes throughout the document. The objective of the fire code […]

£146k fine for company after joiner crushed to death by 20-tonne excavator

A construction company received a fine of £146k after a 20-tonne excavator crushed and killed a joiner. Philip McDonald was working with Birch Brothers (Kidderminster) Ltd. The project involved the construction of a concrete overflow weir structure at Monks Pond, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. The 48-year-old, from Alfreton, was with colleagues on a road above […]