PORTAKABIN GROUP AWARDED £8.2M SCHOOL REBUILDING CONTRACTS

Off-site construction specialist, the Portakabin Group, has been awarded contracts by the Department for Education to rebuild two schools in the South East worth £8.2 million. The projects for St Bede’s Church of England Junior School in Woking and Riverview Church of England Primary School in Epsom are part of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which addresses the…

AUDE Launches Green Scorecard

The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) today launches its first ever Green Scorecard. In partnership with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the Green Scorecard is designed to be a comprehensive tool to help Higher Education Institutions across the UK measure the sustainability work they do, set targets and benchmark. AUDE members have long been committed…

Bristol named as leading UK Smart City

Bristol has been named as a leading UK Smart City in a Huawei report unveiled this week (17 May) at an event attended by Minster for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, MP. Huawei, a Fortune Global 500 company and leading provider of global information and communications solutions, have compiled the first UK Smart Cities Index placing Bristol amongst…

Horsham District Council secures funding to reduce vehicle emissions and cut costs

Horsham District Council has been awarded substantial funding towards the cost of providing electric pool vehicles to help drive down carbon emissions in the district. The funds were awarded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The low emission vehicles have been leased by the council for use by staff members whose jobs involve business travel. Electric charge…

City Hall refurbishment set to reduce council overheads and help efficiency

City Hall has undergone an 18-month refurbishment as part of Bristol City Council’s programme to work more efficiently and significantly reduce its operational costs. The refurbishment, which has finished on time and within budget, is part of the council’s ‘invest to save’ Bristol Workplace Programme that will realise £50m net savings over the course of the programme. The programme also…

Over £400m of potential savings that can reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes

The NHS could save over £400m and cut 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year by 2020 through making changes that can also benefit people’s health. A new report by the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England selected 35 areas and calculated their financial and environmental benefits The Securing healthy returns report outlines areas that…

PORTAKABIN GROUP WINS ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Portakabin Group’s commitment to sustainability has been recognised with another award. It has now been named Environmental Business of the Year in the Yorkshire Post Environment Awards 2015. The award was presented by Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party at an event in Leeds which celebrated the achievements of organisations working to combat global warming and create truly…

ABLOY LAUNCHES ENERGY EFFICIENCY WHITE PAPER

Security expert Abloy UK has launched an in depth white paper, entitled ‘Effective and Energy Efficient Access Control in Commercial Buildings’. Since the launch of the government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), companies are now finding that greater emphasis is being placed upon how much energy is wasted in commercial buildings. Therefore Abloy UK has prepared a white paper that…

BSRIA LAUNCHES ITS BUILDING PERFORMANCE EVALUATION IN NON-DOMESTIC BUILDINGS GUIDE

BSRIA is delighted to have launched its new Building Performance Evaluation in Non-Domestic Buildings Guide – an introduction to the tests and methods in non-domestic buildings – which is available to purchase from the BSRIA bookshop. This guide is a general introduction to Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) that explains why it is important and how it can be carried out.…