Rising tidal activity, in part driven by climate change, increasingly threatens coastal communities. Officials are assessing shore defenses around the country, including considering seawalls. But are such structures the answer, or are there more effective alternatives?
Engineers have a crucial role to play in making the built environment greener, particularly when it comes to delivering infrastructure that impacts the world around us. In an interview with Bluebeam, expert Tim Chapman of Arup and the Institution of Civil Engineers spells out what needs to be done.
The collapse of contracting giant Carillion offered a lesson for the construction sector. It reminded the industry of the need to carry out jobs for the right amount of money and to maintain good cash flow. It has also led to the sector looking at new technologies such as cryptocurrency to smooth out cash flow issues.
The construction industry needs to address not only the operational carbon of a building – what it emits throughout its use – but the embodied carbon in buildings, which is linked to the materials used to deliver it, along with the construction activity itself.
Construction projects can range in size, but they all require extensive planning, and this, in turn, demands collaboration from an early stage, known as the pre-construction phase.
With pressure building for the construction sector to address its carbon emissions as part of the battle to reverse the impact of climate change, designers and others are coming up with innovative ways “to do their bit” using materials like timber.
Concern around climate change and a desire to construct more sustainable buildings is driving the construction industry to deliver a built environment that has less impact on the world around it. The increased use of timber in tall buildings is part of this process.
The U.K. government wants net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. But can the country’s construction industry—which currently produces a whopping 40% of those emissions—overhaul the way it works to help achieve this?
With the world’s population set to top 9 billion by 2050 and increasing pressure on global resources, urban design will inevitably steer toward sustainable outcomes as never before
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The U.K.’s housing shortage requires innovative approaches when it comes to using former industrial sites and small plots of disused land
As planning regulations limit the amount that can be done to revamp properties above ground, developers—and homeowners—are looking beneath their feet for more space