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EU targets major investments in buildings energy efficiency

Posted June 23, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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The EU is targeting billions of euro of investment in building efficiency. Their challenge is to convince private investors to unlock trillions of euros of capital which is being earmarked for this sector. The EU’s ‘Energy Union’ strategy aims to cut the bloc’s dependence on energy imports and fight climate change. As part of this…

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Top Tips for embedding circular economy principles in construction

Posted June 22, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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The UK’s Green Construction Board has published a new guide “Top Tips for Embedding Circular Economy Principles in the Construction”. This resource is intended to help the construction industry start its journey towards the circular economy. The Green Construction Board is the sustainability work stream of the UK Government’s Construction Leadership Council, and has developed…

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Lowering the carbon in concrete

Posted June 21, 2017 by CCC in Construction Climate Talks

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Concrete is one of the best materials for resilient, durable and energy efficient structures and buildings over their life cycle. But concrete can become a significant source of carbon. Andy Spencer, Sustainability Director for CEMEX UK and Chair of the UK Sustainable Concrete Forum, knows how to change that.   “Within CEMEX we have a…

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Renewables will be 75% of energy investment by 2040

Posted June 20, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Energy policy

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As costs for renewable energy tumble, these sources are now expected to account for around 75% of the expected $10trn global investment into power generating technologies between now and 2040, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Of this solar will account for 48% of the world’s installed capacity and 34% of…

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Fabric-cast concrete – the construction method of the future

Posted June 16, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

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Concrete is the most used man-made material in the world and is the fundamental physical medium for most of the world’s architecture and construction. The character of concrete is largely the product of the rigid moulds that have shaped it since its invention in antiquity. The advent of flexible moulds, however, marks a radical break…

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Dutch researchers develop 2nd Skin Façade system as low carbon upgrade for buildings

Posted June 14, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Energy efficiency, Researchers, Sustainable design

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A zero-energy refurbishment solution for retrofitting residential apartment buildings by applying has been developed by Dutch researchers at TU Delft university. The concept is an integrated, prefabricated and lightweight building envelope that acts as a building’s second skin. With this low-carbon solution, existing buildings can be easily upgraded and meet eco-friendly building requirements. The solution…

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Smarter products and services are the key to a resource-efficient circular economy 

Posted June 13, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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A  new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) stresses that ‘circular’ business models cannot rely on smarter product design alone, but will also require the development of related support services and recycling infrastructure. Launched at the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki, the EEA report ‘Circular by design— products in the circular economy,’ looks specifically at…

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Breakthrough in solar cells technology offers great cost and efficiency gains

Posted June 9, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency, New materials /or recycling

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A breakthrough in solar cell technology has opened the way to low cost solar cell to be commercialised that can work for up to 10,000 hours without its performance falling. The potential of organo lead-halide perovskite solar cells (PSC) to provide better power conversion efficiencies (+22%), comparable to silicon solar cells at half of the…

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New Swedish concrete casting technique reduces carbon footprint by 20 percent.

Posted May 30, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

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An innovative Swedish company, Strongcrete, has developed an award-winning technology for concrete casting that reduces the amount of cement used by 20% and improves the quality of the end product. The Swedish innovation is called The New Technology ™ and involves a modern method of treating fresh concrete mass when casting of horizontal surfaces.The RolliT Robot…

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Study shows that rooftop gardens could grow three quarters of a city’s vegetables 

Posted April 10, 2015 by CCC in Sustainable design

Study shows that rooftop gardens could grow three quarters of a city’s vegetables 

Rooftop gardens in cities could provide more than three quarters of the vegetables needed by the inhabitants, a case study from Bologna, Italy, suggests. If all suitable flat roof space was used for urban agriculture, rooftop gardens in the city could supply around 12 500 tons of vegetables a year whilst also providing a range…

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Electrification of construction machinery could cut energy use by 71% – major demonstration project launched

Posted July 3, 2015 by CCC in CCC campaign, Energy efficiency

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At the CCC Summit, the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) announced an innovative demonstration project led by Volvo CE to ‘electrify a quarry’ by powering all the construction machines using electricity instead of diesel. The Agency believes that the conversion to electrical power will reduce the amount of energy used by 71% and cut CO2 emissions…

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France legislates for compulsory green roofs for commercial buildings

Posted March 23, 2015 by CCC in Design and planning, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

France introduces compulsory green roofs for commercial buildings

A new law has been approved in France obliging rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France to be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer. They also retain rainwater,…

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Companies worldwide switch to solar energy

Posted August 18, 2016 by CCC in COP21, Energy efficiency

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While many businesses still have a way to go to limit their carbon footprint, companies across the world are making a switch to solar energy to help meet the demands of climate change. Some of the most compelling stories came from Africa, home to the world’s fastest growing population. In Tanzania, Off-Grid Electric allows homes…

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Las Vegas city sets renewables trend for US cities

Posted March 7, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, COP22, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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The city of Las Vegas is now drawing 100 % of its power from renewable energy sources. Las Vegas is one of many US cities pushing ahead with aggressive efforts to leave fossil fuels behind. The effort moved closer to reality about a year ago when the city expanded its partnership with NVEnergy to deliver the power…

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BREEAM online green certification scheme launched in USA

Posted June 9, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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A lower-cost online version of BREEAM, the leading UK green-building rating system, has been introduced to the United States.   BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) was created in the UK in 1990 and measures sustainability in the built environment, with different schemes available for building types. Over 530,000 buildings have been registered and it is used in…

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Most EU countries set to miss Paris Agreement goals, while Sweden leads

Posted March 28, 2017 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP22

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Only three European countries are on course to achieve the Paris Agreement targets, according to research. Italy is among several countries languishing at the bottom of the table for alleged attempts to weaken the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) A study by the Transport & Environment (T&E) and Carbon Market Watch has examines the advance of…

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