Newly built homes are increasingly energy efficient, but there is still a long way to go, especially when it comes to retrofitting the country’s existing housing stock.
Chris Gorse, professor of construction engineering and management at Loughborough University, talks about how construction can be more sustainable
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and they’re only going to get bigger. As pressure on infrastructure grows, planners are considering a more sustainable model.
Humans have been using the sun’s energy for millennia, but only now can industries like construction fully embrace the world’s most readily available, renewable and sustainable source of energy.
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.
The demand for housing in the UK is putting pressure on land, with the consequence that greenfield sites—those that have never been built on—are increasingly seen as a development opportunity.
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.
The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project aims to safeguard part of America’s most-populous city from potential flooding induced by rising sea levels
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.
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
Rising tidal activity, in part driven by climate change, increasingly threatens coastal communities. Officials are assessing shore defences 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 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