Traditional building products such as steel and concrete are construction’s ‘tried and tested’ materials, yet they come with a significant environmental cost. Can ‘hempcrete,’ a concrete-like product made from the hemp plant, help the industry elevate its sustainability efforts?
Researchers at the University of Kitakyushu in Japan found that chopped-up cleaned nappies can replace up to 10% of the composite material in a concrete mix for structural use in single-storey buildings and as much as 40% in nonstructural and architectural components
Contributing more than one-third of the world’s carbon emissions, the built environment urgently needs to find new and cleaner ways to deliver the homes and other buildings we need. Might newly developed technologies such as ‘living building materials’ be the answer?
Making the industry more environmentally sustainable requires the transition from the linear approach to construction to a more circular model that offers additional advantages in overall cost, materials pricing and supply security
The Nordic country is already a leader in environmentally responsive building; now it wants to make its construction industry the cleanest on earth. Can it be done?
Chris Gorse, professor of construction engineering and management at Loughborough University, talks about how construction can be more sustainable
University of Virginia researchers have proven that 3D printing geometrically complex structures made of soil and seeds is possible, spotlighting a critical innovation in the quest to make construction more environmentally sustainable
Construction companies are using technology to reduce their impact on the environment.
As the construction industry responds to climate change and calls to use more sustainable materials, timber is growing in importance.
Given the level of carbon emissions construction generates, the industry knows it has to smarten up its environmental act. Part of the sector’s response will be to embrace more green construction materials, while some, like timber, have been a part of the industry for centuries.
Plastic is a dirty word among those who are concerned about its impact on the environment. However, in construction plastic is playing an increasingly important role in helping deliver pipes, cabling, roofing products and other elements that make up the built environment.
The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project aims to safeguard part of America’s most populous city from potential flooding induced by rising sea levels