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.
Inspired by the environmental advantages of wood construction, the European city recently passed groundbreaking legislation stating that all new buildings constructed after 2025 must consist of at least 20% wood or other bio-based materials.
Wood, concrete, plastic and many other building materials can be found in stores these days. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of building materials? An overview.
The company creates realistic construction toys for children, hoping the experience inspires them with dreams of working in the industry
Concrete is the most common material used in construction, but manufacturing its primary binder – Portland cement – causes greenhouse gas emissions, putting pressure on the industry to find a more environmentally sustainable solution
Thanks to Brexit and the covid pandemic-related supply chain issues the cost of building materials – everything from bricks to timber and steel – soared during 2020 and 2021. Just as this situation began to ease, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine piled yet more cost pressures on a number of key products. How can the industry mitigate these and meet the demand for new homes, infrastructure schemes and other projects?
Inflatable structures are paramount in construction. Can origami offer such deployable components new inspiration?
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.
Here’s a look at how Studio Projects in Bluebeam helped promote environmental sustainability in the AEC industry last year
The COVID-19 pandemic seemingly spawned a topsy-turvy market for raw construction materials, but this Q&A reveals that pre-pandemic factors are also to blame
Hempcrete is a bio-composite material that can serve as an alternative to traditional lime, reducing the carbon impact of the resulting concrete mixture while improving its insulator-like and energy-retaining properties
COVID-19, Brexit and booming demand are combining to drive up prices f or the essential materials the U.K.’s construction sector desperately needs