Jones Lang LaSalle sustainability boss and Building columnist Julie Hirigoyen has been appointed as the chief executive of the UK Green Building Council.

London, Manchester and Birmingham have been ranked among the most sustainable cities in the world, according to a new sustainability index published by Arcadis. They report that the sustainability of global cities is being held back by social factors, across the world cities are performing better for being sustainable for Profit and Planet purposes than they are for People factors.

The government has estimated that capital investment in building local heat networks will total up to £800m over the next 10 years .

The Guardian have reported the first straw homes to go on sale on the open market in Britain.

Green Construction – Outlook and Trends has been released by Timetric. The report identifies factors influencing firms to opt for green construction projects, the biggest challenges faced by organizations towards the implementation of green construction, and the main regions anticipated to offer significant opportunities for green construction projects over the next three years.

The Government has announced proposals which could see Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for 54,000 public buildings in England and Wales abolished. A consultation on the changes reviews the role and methodology for Display Energy Certificates, the consultation closes on 11 March 2015.

In an article for NBS Melanie Thompson of Get Sust! reviews the new 300-page BCO ‘Guide to Specification’ and presents Five essentials for sustainable office buildings

From April 2018, landlords will be required by law to get their least energy efficient properties to an energy efficiency rating of at least Band “E”.

The government’s Green Deal Finance Company reports that the Green Deal has passed the 10,000 plan milestone.

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