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Is COP23 ignoring the carbon emissions involved in constructing buildings?

Posted November 17, 2017 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP23, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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In fighting climate change, much has been said about energy efficiency in buildings. What about the carbon emissions involved in constructing buildings in the first place, asks Francesco Pomponi., an expert on embodied carbon at Edinburgh Napier University. “Further, faster ambition together” is the mission statement of the global leaders attending COP23 in Bonn. It has…

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“To use carbon planning tools on a whole life basis is important”

Posted November 16, 2017 by CCC in Construction Climate Talks

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The Environment Agency (EA) looks after over 5000 kilometers of coastline and main rivers principally in England and is responsible, in particular, for flood and coastal risk management. To fulfil its goal of promoting low carbon solutions it created the ‘ERIC’ Carbon Planning Tool, which provides a mechanism for assessing carbon over the whole life…

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COP23: IEA report points to global shifts in the energy system

Posted November 16, 2017 by CCC in COP23, Energy efficiency

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The latest World Energy Outlook report published by the International Energy Agency to coincide with the COP23 conference in Bonn, points to four large-scale shifts in the global energy system. The report highlights the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy…

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15,000 scientists issue “warning to humanity” about climate change risks

Posted November 14, 2017 by CCC in COP23, Energy policy, Sustainable design

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In the midst of the COP23 summit in Bonn, adire “warning to humanity” about the dangers to all of us has been written by 15,000 scientists from around the world. The message updates an original warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700 signatures 25 years ago. But the experts…

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COP23: world leaders urged to strengthen renewables action plans

Posted November 10, 2017 by CCC in COP23, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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At the COP23 Summit in Bonn a wide-ranging coalition of businesses, NGOs, and energy industry experts have presented a raft of new measures designed to accelerate the roll out of renewable energy technologies globally. To mark the Summit’s Energy Day The Climate Group, IEA, IRENA and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative came together to put…

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COP23: Targeting cities can make biggest contribution to climate change

Posted November 8, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, COP23, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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At this week’s climate conference in Bonn, Germany, the pressure is on many national governments to continue implementing the Paris Agreement despite the United States’ intention to withdraw. But they’ll have help from the world’s cities. The COP23 climate conference in Bonn is shaping up to be one of the most urban-centred climate summits yet, says Aniruddha…

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Cop23: Water infrastructure investment must triple to combat climate change

Posted November 7, 2017 by CCC in COP23, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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As the COP23 climate conference,  commences in Bonn, the World Water Council (WWC) has reported that financial investment into water infrastructure needs to triple to €255 bn annually to combat climate change and meet sanitation targets. The climate summit in Bonn has designated 10 November as Water Action Day and will explore the relationships between…

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Cross-laminated timber could be low-carbon building material of the future

Posted November 3, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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As more construction firms look to reduce their carbon footprint by sourcing alternative, low-carbon building materials, Europe’s largest forest-based products company Stora Enso has stepped up investment in its very sustainable cross-laminated timber (CLT) products. Many companies view CLT solutions as the ideal replacement for carbon-intensive concrete and steel structures. The CLT market has already grown threefold…

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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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US university plans greenest Passive House high rise on the planet

Posted February 12, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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A new technology campus being built for Cornell University in New York will feature one of the most energy-efficient high-rises on the planet. A 26-story student and faculty residence building at the heart of the complex  is being built to Passive House energy standards and will be the tallest and the largest passive-house building in…

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Low-cost green home-loan scheme could deliver COP21 benefits

Posted September 15, 2016 by CCC in COP21, Energy efficiency

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A ground-breaking finance initiative has been launched at the World Green Building Council’s BUILD UPON Leaders’ Summit in Madrid, to offer low interest mortgages in return for purchasing more energy efficient homes. The European Energy Efficiency Mortgage initiative is being pioneered by a partnership of banks, property valuers, energy efficiency businesses and utility providers. It aims to…

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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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Key points of the COP21 climate agreement

Posted December 15, 2015 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP21

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Infographic of the key points of the COP21 climate agreement concluded in Paris.  

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Superabsorbant concrete road surface can prevent flooding

Posted April 12, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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A new permeable concrete surface developed by Tarmac can prevent or minimise flooding by absorbing up to 4,000 litres of water in the first 60 seconds, and an average of 600 litres per minute, per m2. Much of the property damage in recent flash floods was caused by water running off pavements or overflowing from…

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