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Storm and flood resistant buildings designed with bamboo at the core

Posted August 18, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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The rainforests of Vietnam are very prone to reoccurring storms and floods. Architects are reverting to bamboo combined with modern design techniques to create resilient and sustainable structures able to withstand the harsh climate. The buildings combine locally-sourced stone, timber and bamboo, along with traditional building techniques in order to create a circular shape which can withstand harsh winds.…

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IEA study unveils key role of trucks in global oil-demand growth

Posted August 16, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Energy policy

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Improving the efficiency of road-freight transport is critical to reducing the growth in oil demand, carbon emissions and air pollution over the next decades, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest report, The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and the environment. Trucks are a major contributor to the growth in transport-fuel consumption, as well as…

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London Environment Strategy for greener city launched by Mayor

Posted August 15, 2017 by CCC in Design and planning, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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An innovative strategy to turn London into a more eco-friendly city has been launched by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The Strategy which would be suppored by a ‘Greener City Fund’ has received the backing of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and others. Its primary…

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“Buildings as power stations” project trials self-sufficient solar housing in India

Posted August 11, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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A consortium of UK universities has launched an advanced solar power project aimed at developing printed photovoltaic cells and new manufacturing processes which can be used to power solar houses in remote villages in India. The Swansea University-led ‘SUNRISE’ solar project has been developing technologies to turn buildings into power stations. One of its key…

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Dutch plan 5km wide floating mega-islands for future living

Posted August 9, 2017 by CCC in Design and planning, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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With sea levels rising and populations expanding, Dutch engineers are developing a new concept of a floating “mega-island” anchored to the seabed. The space will be large enough for a city-sized settlement of homes, farms, parks, recreational areas, and ports. The platforms developed at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN)  is made up of triangles composed of…

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Rockerfeller Foundation backs global network to make world cities more resilient

Posted August 8, 2017 by CCC in Design and planning, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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The United Nations predicts 66 % of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, up from 54 percent in 2014. For many cities, top of the list of challenges are protecting urban populations better from hazards like flooding, heat waves, hurricanes and earthquakes, improving housing and basic amenities, reducing crime and inequality, and expanding…

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BIM modelling at the heart of expansion of Panama Canal

Posted August 4, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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The $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is one of the world’s largest civil engineering schemes and will vastly increase its capacity. At the heart of the infrastructure development is the use of Building Information Modelling – BIM. Panama Canal handles around 5% of all global trade, making it one of the most important waterways on…

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COP21 planet warming target likely to be missed, says new research

Posted August 2, 2017 by CCC in COP21

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There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change. According to the University of Washington study, there is a 90% likelihood that temperatures will…

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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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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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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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COP21 planet warming target likely to be missed, says new research

Posted August 2, 2017 by CCC in COP21

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There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change. According to the University of Washington study, there is a 90% likelihood that temperatures will…

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Cities are central to any serious plan to tackle climate change

Posted December 14, 2016 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP21, Sustainable design

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The world’s major cities can deliver almost half the carbon reductions needed to hit our climate targets and are central to tackling climate change. Now that the US federal government is getting out of the climate protection business, at least for four years,these subnational actors are more important than ever. Cities generate most of the world’s economic…

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The secret of Roman concrete could help modern construction

Posted July 11, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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Modern concrete—used in everything from roads to buildings to bridges—can break down in as few as 50 years while two thousand year old structures built by the Romans are still standing. In fact Roman concrete actually grows stronger over time, not weaker. An ancient recipe for mortar, written down by Roman engineer in 30 B.C.E. talks…

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CO2 absorption properties of cement materials discovered by researchers

Posted November 18, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

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An international team of researchers has found that over time, cement reabsorbs a significant portion of the CO2 emitted when the material was manufactured. A new study involving the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows that cement structures are a substantial but overlooked absorber of carbon emissions – offsetting some of those emitted during cement…

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Construction Climate Talks film series launched

Posted December 4, 2015 by CCC in Construction Climate Talks

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Featuring some of the most prominent influencers in the field, Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) has premiered its new film series “Construction Climate Talks” with afirst interview with Johan Rockström, one of the most prominent advocates of sustainable development. Coinciding with world leaders from 190 nations gathering at the 21st Session of the Conference of the…

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