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London Seminar on how to implement the new PAS2080 standard for building low-carbon infrastructure

Posted October 20, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Regulation & standards, Sustainable design

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A one-day seminar on how to implement the new ‘PAS2080’ standard for low-carbon infrastructure is being held in London, 14 November 2017. PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 2080 is a new standard to encourage a consistent approach to the management of carbon by all involved in infrastructure. PAS2080 has been developed by the UK Government’s Construction…

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California introduces ‘Buy Clean’ law to drive low-carbon procurement

Posted October 18, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, COP21, Procurement, Regulation & standards, Sustainable design

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California has introduced the first ever law to address embodied carbon in construction materials. Under the new ‘Buy Clean California’ law state agencies are required  to consider the embedded carbon emissions of industrial products like steel and glass when contracting for state-funded infrastructure projects. The legislation, which has strong support from business and industry leaders, labor…

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Innovative low cost wave-energy system moves to test phase

Posted October 17, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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A new generation of wave-energy technology has been developed in the UK which can reduce the construction and installation cost while improving the practicality and flexibility in use. The WaveSub system has been developed by Marine Power Systems (MPS), a wave power technology development company based in Swansea. The WaveSub operates by capturing wave energy around six…

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South Africa’s Gautrain project cuts cement footprint by one third using recycled materials

Posted October 13, 2017 by CCC in New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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One cubic metre of concrete has a carbon footprint of 350kg of CO2, making this staple material in the construction industry one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases in the world. But for the construction of South Africa’s 80km Gautrain  mass rapid transit railway system, the cement was mixed with recycled materials to reduce the carbon footprint…

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Better information management key to success

Posted October 12, 2017 by CCC in Construction Climate Talks

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“I see cost, waste and carbon all being the same. If you reduce the amount of vehicle movements on a construction site you save time, money and emissions,” says Guy Hammersley, formerly BRE Executive Director & Group Director for BIM (Building Information Modelling).  According to Guy Hammersley, BIM is all about collaboration and better information…

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‘Supply chain is the next frontier in sustainability’, says the Carbon Trust

Posted October 11, 2017 by CCC in Design and planning, Procurement, Sustainable design

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The world’s largest corporate buyers are ramping up efforts to reduce emissions across their supply chains, according to research from global disclosure organisation CDP. The CDP  Global Supply Chain Report 2017 reveals that global supply chain emissions fell by 434 million tonnes in 2016 – more than France’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2014.…

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EU steps up ‘ambition’ of its Building Performance Directive

Posted October 10, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Urban planning

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The EU is in the final stages of ramping up the provisions of its 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to exploit the enormous energy-saving potential that still remains unused in the building stock. The EU recognizes that building efficiency plays a crucial role in the EU’s drive to decarbonise the economy, meet its climate…

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EBRD: Green building renovations vital to meeting Paris Agreement targets

Posted October 6, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was set up in 1991 to help regenerate former central and eastern Europe. Part of its work today is involved in improving energy efficiency, particularly in the context of the Paris Climate agreements. In a new report EBRD says that to reach minimum targets defined in the Paris…

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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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Study shows green building trend across 69 countries

Posted February 19, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning

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According to a new study, building professionals – from architects and contractors to owners and engineers – are shifting their business toward green building. More than half of respondents in a 69-country survey say that more than 60 % of their work was going green in 2015. This is a significant increase from the 28 % that said…

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Early signs of climate progress as emission levels stall

Posted March 18, 2016 by CCC in CCC campaign, Energy efficiency, Energy policy

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New data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) reveals that international energy-related emissions stalled for the second year running in 2015. Last year was the first time that emissions have stalled while economic growth has increased. Global emissions produced from energy sourcing and consumption – the largest source of man-made emissions – stayed flat over…

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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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Big companies have big sustainability responsibilities

Posted August 22, 2017 by CCC in Construction Climate Talks

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For a more sustainable world, big companies have to put sustainability into their business strategies. “We have a great responsibility, but also a great opportunity. We have to do it from a moral perspective and it is also good for our business,” says Johan Gerklev, Sustainability Manager at Skanska Sweden, in the latest episode of…

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Nano coated salt offers solution for large-scale storage of solar energy

Posted July 4, 2017 by CCC in COP21, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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The Swedish company Saltex has developed an innovative technology for mass storage of energy from renewables such as solar and wind. The use of solar power, where electricity is generated by either Photovoltaic (PV) or Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), is expanding exponentially. Its principal limitation is the challenge of storing the energy for the evening…

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