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The Rise of the Sustainability Agenda

Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) sustainability champion, Flavie Lowres talks about the rise of the sustainability agenda, and how FIS has set up a Sustainability Leadership Group to provide guidance and support to members and the sector, and respond to this agenda. In 2015 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21), world leaders reached … Read more

The Importance of Sustainable Construction

Wind Turbine Farm

This month’s content calendar theme is Sustainability. The term sustainability has become a huge talking point in recent years, especially in the construction industry. That is why this month we will be releasing content to help construction companies understand the importance of sustainable construction, in the hope we will create a greener, more sustainable industry. What … Read more

Where Next For Low Carbon Concrete?

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In the wake of COP26 and a boosted focus on low carbon construction, conventional concrete with its high embodied carbon payload remains a crucial material globally. Yet at almost 1 tonne of embodied carbon per 1mᶟ of Portland cement, suppliers are under pressure to develop mixes with a reduced impact on the environment. By and … Read more

How the Low Carbon ‘Circular Twin’ Might Disrupt Traditional Projects

Louise Townsend

With COP26 nearly upon us, this first of two articles on low carbon construction features a Morgan Sindall-led initiative that aims to shake up how projects are delivered. Next week we will take a look at Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan and some of the industry issues encountered when devising it. Lowering construction’s carbon footprint … Read more

What Green Energy Means In Construction Terms

Wind Farm

Meeting the government’s 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emissions commitment presents an unprecedented engineering challenge. Not only is it legally binding, but the existential threat of climate change provides one of the greatest imperatives for humanity, let alone the construction sector. Sizing The Challenge However, the sheer scale of what will be required is breathtaking. Stop … Read more

Green technology: designing for low carbon

Aecom Embodied Carbon and Cost Optioneering Tool Render

With the construction industry and the built environment being major emitters of carbon, reducing embodied as well as operational C0₂ in new builds have become paramount twin goals for designers. Consultant Aecom, like many of its peers, has been working on solutions that might give countries such as the UK any kind of shot at … Read more

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