As the battle to tackle climate change intensifies, the threat of increasing hurricane activity is forcing designers and engineers to come up with solutions to protect existing homes and deliver new ones that are better prepared for the storms to come.
Construction activity generates around 10% of the world’s carbon emissions, with much of that coming from the heavy equipment used on building sites. That’s why it’s not surprising that the race is on to develop heavy machinery that can be powered by more environmentally friendly means than diesel.
As part of the battle to stem, or even reverse, climate change, the built environment must address the issue of sustainability: economic, environmental and social. Following the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow, calls for greener solutions to preserve the future, the industry will be even more mindful of the need to build now with future generations in mind.
The built environment accounts for around 40% of the U.K.’s carbon emissions. The need to address this is becoming more pressing, but there are steps the industry can take to do things differently, as Bluebeam and the B1M Network set out in a new video.
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.
By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. The pressure on the Earth’s resources will be immense, but with careful planning urban areas can becomes circular cities: centres of sustainability and fairer economies.
A two-year-old United Nations report warned that the world needed to act to maintain its reserves of sand, with supplies already under pressure from extensive building programs. As construction activity continues after COVID-19, is the industry likely to see a shortage of one of the most essential building materials?
The homebuilding sector is embracing technology to improve the energy efficiency of new homes and reduce carbon emissions, while owners of existing housing are using a variety of methods to make more of their properties environmentally sound.
The pandemic has temporarily forced people to live differently, and while some changes have been
tough to handle, others could turn out to be positive