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So far solar

Fiona Russell-Horne

According to research released yesterday by the Energy Saving Trust, a third of Britons would be willing to pay more for a home where some of the energy supply came from renewable resources such as wind, solar or hydropower.

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Listening but not hearing?

Fiona Russell-Horne

I didn't get to go to the RICS election hustings event that Building magazine and Property Week ran last night but I rather wish I had. However, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I've been made aware of some of the promises/ideas/pledges that were heard by the audience.

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Making an exhibition of oneself

Fiona Russell-Horne

Am I the only one to find it particularly ironic that the notification that Interbuild aka BEST is cancelled for this year arrives the day before Ecobuild opens? It's hardly the most surprising news we've ever published. Interbuild has been called a 'shadow of its former self' for several years now.

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Solid and steady once again

Fiona Russell-Horne

I was eating my breakfast when I read the Travis Perkins half-year results. So there I was, stopped in my tracks with a piece of toast half-way to my mouth, by an impressive 54% rise in turnover and an eye-watering 26% rise in profits.

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The security question

Fiona Russell-Horne

Well this is all a bit of a shambles isn't it? The biggest, most high-profile event the UK has ever held starts next week and, oops, we haven't got enough security guards for it.

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