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Construction Newsletter: February 2014

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This construction newsletter, published by the Cabinet Office, includes updates on the Infrastructure Carbon Review, Green Construction Board and the EU directive on Building Information Modelling.

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The Green Construction Board: Two years on report

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The Green Construction Board (GCB) was established in October 2011 as a consultative forum for government and the UK design, construction, property and infrastructure industry. It was established to ensure a sustained high-level conversation and to develop and implement a long-term strategic framework for the promotion of innovation and sustainable growth in this sector. In the shorter term, its key priority is to provide improved focus, direction and clarity to the business and growth opportunities which are being created by the shift to a green economy. This second annual report sets out the progress the Board, through its working groups, has made over the last twelve months.

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Unconventional wisdom: an economic analysis of US shale gas and implications for the EU

Posted on: 28 February 2014
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The recent rapid growth in the production of unconventional oil and gas (shale gas and tight oil) in the US has profoundly changed the US energy market. It has also had global implications, in particular a significant divergence of natural gas prices between the US and major economic trading partners, such as the EU, Japan and China. The exploitation  of shale gas in the EU is proposed as a way to rebalance climate and energy policy in order to favour economic competitiveness. Simultaneously, it is suggested that less emphasis should be given to carbon pricing, energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, as wider use of gas would be a cheaper avenue to deliver greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This paper assesses the energy sector and economic impacts of the unconventional oil and gas revolution in the US. It then addresses the potential for the EU to replicate the US experience.

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Building zero carbon: The case for action

Posted on: 27 February 2014
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A report issued by the UK Green Building Council Task Group  believes there is a very strong economic case for establishing a robust definition of zero carbon for non-domestic buildings as soon as possible. The industry stands ready to invest in innovation and skills to meet higher standards, but the lack of detail on policy implementation means that current efforts are fragmented and disparate, creating inefficiencies and the loss of global export opportunities. The Group urges Government to restate its commitment to the 2019 target and set out a clear and ambitious definition of zero carbon. Register to view the document.

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Holiday Review UK

Posted on: 27 February 2014
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Mintel’s annual UK Holiday Review forecasts “steady year-on-year growth” for UK holiday sales over the next five years. The market-research firm predicts UK consumers will take more than 100 million holidays, overseas and domestic, in 2017, up from 94 million last year. However, it suggests recent growth in package sales will go into reverse. Use the University’s “Library Search” page to get online access to Mintel information.

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The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study

Posted on: 27 February 2014
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The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) has released the 4th edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study, produced in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. The Study is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries, together responsible for around 88% of global manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The 700 page study reviews almost 500 pieces of legislation that have been passed in the 66 study countries.

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Place RESI conference. Manchester, 4 February 2014

Posted on: 27 February 2014
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This event provided an opportunity to discuss solutions to the housing supply shortage. The return of large-scale development was a recurring theme, with the rise of the private rented sector, local authority land reviews and new urban design ideas among topics covered by the line-up of expert speakers. Presentations are available online.

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Kevin Klinkenberg blog

Posted on: 27 February 2014
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The author describes this blog as a high-level, moderated discussion for all interested in helping our cities and towns grow up. Using urban design to make our lives more enjoyable and create wealth.

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Energy from waste: A guide to the debate

Posted on: 26 February 2014
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The guide highlights key environmental, technical and economic issues to raise the level of understanding and debate around energy from waste.

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Organisational review of Department for Transport rail functions: final report

Posted on: 26 February 2014
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This report details the recommendations following an organisational review of rail in terms of the best future location and structure of government rail functions. It focuses on areas including: structures, governance, and pay and reward.

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