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How the new PAS2080 standard is promoting low carbon construction

Posted December 8, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, CCC campaign, Sustainable design

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The London Seminar on 14 November on “Implementing PAS2080: Supply Chain Collaboration to reduce the Carbon Footprint and Cost of major Infrastructure Projects’ brought together leading experts and the supply chains of major infrastructure clients and contractors to discuss its development and potential. PAS2080 was launched in 2017 and issued by the UK Government’s Construction Leadership Council…

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EEA: industry across Europe responsible for over half of key pollutants in air

Posted December 6, 2017 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP23, Sustainable design

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Industry across Europe is responsible for more than half of all carbon dioxide, particulate matter and other key pollutants emitted into the air, according to updated industrial pollution country profiles published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). A new EEA study shows that industry remains a major emitter of pollution. Country by country profiles…

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Terri Wills WGBC: Full decarbonisation of construction sector necessary. Global standards can set companies on a pathway to reducing emissions.

Posted December 5, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, COP23, Regulation & standards, Sustainable design

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The latest data indicates that 40 % of green house gas emissions now come from the building and construction sector, says Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council.  And of this, 10% comes directly from construction, and that relates to infrastructure projects as well as buildings. Talking to CCC Insight at the London…

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Brave targets and involvement of entire supply chain is necessary to reduce carbon in infrastructure projects

Posted December 1, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

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Delegates at London Seminar on ‘Implementing PAS2080:  Supply Chain Collaboration to reduce the Carbon Footprint and Cost of major Infrastructure Projects’  were told how setting brave targets and involving the entire supply chain is necessary to deliver the innovative processes, tools and behavioural changes needed to substantially reduce embedded and operational carbon in infrastructure projects.…

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PAS2080: “The UK’s new standard to reduce carbon in major infrastructure projects could become the world standard”

Posted November 29, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, CCC campaign, Design and planning, Procurement

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Speaking at the London Seminar on ‘Implementing PAS2080:  Supply Chain Collaboration to reduce the Carbon Footprint and Cost of major Infrastructure Projects’, Dr Paul Toyne, Chair, concluded that “the potential of PAS2080 is NOT for it to be just a UK public acceptable standard, but to be a global standard. Because the principles that you…

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Green technology and BIM workflows reshaping future construction industry

Posted November 28, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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The growing trend towards prefabricated, offsite and modular construction and the use of Buildings Information Modelling (BIM) are emerging tech trends reshaping the industry and helping to futureproof the built environment. When construction moves offsite, material can be managed with extreme efficiency, reducing costs and driving down a building’s final embodied carbon. Stock can be…

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COP23: practical concrete Climate Action commitments at many levels

Posted November 24, 2017 by CCC in COP23

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  Though the COP23 Climate Change Conference in Bonn may have appeared as a talking shop with little progress at the political level, below the surface were a new wave of climate actions announced from countries, cities, states, regions, business and civil society. A key aim of COP23 was to get everyone on track towards…

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EC publishes toolkit for ‘Levels’ sustainable buildings indicators

Posted November 22, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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After extensive consultation with industry the European Commission (EC) has developed a framework of indicators so introduce greater sustainability into the construction process. Known as Level(s), it is a voluntary reporting framework that uses existing standards, to provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment. To support these…

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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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Hempcrete is the newest green building material.

Posted October 1, 2015 by CCC in New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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  By adding hemp fibre to lime and a lightweight building material can be created that can be shaped like a cinder block. When fully cured, ‘hempcrete’ will float in water and yet strong enough to help construct buildings up to 10 stories tall. It is made using the woody, balsa-like interior of the Cannabis sativa plant combined…

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Green building materials that are alternatives to concrete

Posted July 7, 2016 by CCC in New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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Concrete is a material that quite literally holds our cities together. From homes and apartment buildings to bridges, viaducts, and sidewalks, this ubiquitous gray material’s importance to modern urban life is undeniable. There are however a number of alternative green  building materials  that offer alternatives to concrete, and a lower environmental impact. Grasscrete is a…

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Cycling industry generates more jobs than steel or mining

Posted November 21, 2014 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

Cycling industry generates more jobs than other transport sectors

Europe’s cycling industry now has a higher employment intensity than any other transport sub-sector, according to a new study. It also employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry. Some 655,000 people work in the cycling economy – which includes bicycle production, tourism, retail, infrastructure and services – compared…

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Buildings can be self powered through next generation ‘Architectural Solar’ systems

Posted January 26, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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The increasing efficiency and declining cost of solar power is opening the way to the next generation architectural solar systems and the self-powered building. ‘Architectural solar’ represents building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) components, which form part of the structure of a building. It is not a solar panel attached to a structure but rather a typical…

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10 proposals from construction industry federation to tackle climate change

Posted January 15, 2016 by CCC in COP21, Design and planning, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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FIEC, the European Construction Industry Federation, has drawn up a 10-point manifesto of construction-sector proposals to tackle climate change. Johan Willemen president of FIEC which represents 30 National Member Federations, said promoting the energy efficiency of Europe’s built environment is the first of FIEC’s ten proposals. Energy efficiency is not the only solution for climate…

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