A zero-emission jobsite, with no fossil fuel consumption, means the construction industry has to create a zero-emission construction fleet. It is not as big a stretch as it initially sounds
Greenwashing—the act of claiming environmental credentials for a product or project that are unjustified or outright untrue—has no place in the construction sector. Creating sustainable developments through investment in people, materials and delivery practices, plus supporting evidence to corroborate such claims, is the way forward.
The built environment contributes a significant amount of the world’s carbon emissions. A life cycle assessment is increasingly seen as the best method of monitoring a structure’s carbon and offers the industry a route to minimising its effect on the rest of us.
The global capital of biking, Amsterdam, continues its preference for two-wheeled, manual transportation with a one-of-a-kind parking structure
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 non-structural and architectural components
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?
As the construction industry seeks to lower carbon emissions and join the fight against climate change, it is trying to use locally sourced building materials as much as it can.
Climate change is increasing the threat of flooding across many parts of the world, so engineers and others in the built environment are turning to alternative methods to tackle water flow and drainage issues than the traditional pipework and sewer networks.
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 construction sector uses a lot of water, not least in the manufacture of essential materials like concrete and mortar. As the world confronts a looming climate crisis, what does the industry need to do to manage its water usage more effectively when delivering the homes and other buildings society needs?
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?
The UK generates enormous quantities of construction waste; in 2018, such waste amounted to 138 million tonnes. By designing and building better, the sector hopes to reduce the amount of materials needed—and waste generated.