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Skanska launches solar glass ‘revolution’ to help deliver energy-neutral buildings

Posted January 19, 2018 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

Skanska launches solar glass ‘revolution’ to deliver of energy-neutral buildings

Swedish construction giant Skanska has teamed up with Polish solar tech firm Saule Technologies to make perovskite solar cells available for use in commercial-scale construction. Saule Technologies, which has been developing the semi-transparent perovskite solar cells cells since 2014, uses ink jet technology to ‘print’ solar cells to any size and shape needed to cover…

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Skanska launches solar glass ‘revolution’ to deliver of energy-neutral buildings

Cost of generating electricity from renewables is set to reach new lows worldwide

Posted January 17, 2018 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Energy policy

Cost of generating electricity from renewable energies is set to reach new lows worldwide, according to projections by IRENA

But much of the expected growth in solar and wind power generation could happen outside of Europe, because of stalling policies there, EU lawmakers and industry representatives have warned. Renewable energy has emerged as an increasingly competitive way to meet new power generation needs. This comprehensive cost report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)…

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Cost of generating electricity from renewable energies is set to reach new lows worldwide, according to projections by IRENA

Europe’s first at scale ‘living laboratory’ for smart energy

Posted January 16, 2018 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

Europe’s first at scale ‘living laboratory’ for smart energy

Europe’s largest living laboratory where new energy-efficient technologies can be researched, developed and tested in a real world environment has been set up at Keele University in the UK. Supported by EU funding (European Regional Development Fund) and implemented in partnership with Siemens, the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) project is designed to test “real…

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Europe’s first at scale ‘living laboratory’ for smart energy

Supply chain training needed for sustainable construction

Posted January 12, 2018 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

Supply chain training needed for sustainable construction

Some 67 companies in the UK construction sector are jointly financing a school dedicated to helping subcontractors and suppliers to develop their sustainability knowledge and competence and promote low carbon construction. The Supply Chain Sustainability School offers free access to a virtual learning environment with the aim of making all members of the supply chain…

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Supply chain training needed for sustainable construction

2018 sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock

Posted January 10, 2018 by CCC in Building efficiency, Regulation & standards, Sustainable design

EU deal sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock

2018 looks set to be a defining year for energy and environment policy in Europe, as important legislative files move towards becoming EU law. The new year will see EU lawmakers, officials and member states meet to negotiate and hammer out laws that will take the bloc all the way up to 2030. Clean Energy…

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EU deal sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock

Low carbon electricity generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

Posted January 9, 2018 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Energy policy

Low carbon electricity generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

In 2017, more than half of the electricity generated in the UK came from low-carbon sources for the first time according to Carbon Brief. The combination of nuclear and renewables generated more electricity in 2017 than all fossil fuels combined. Within this total, wind alone generated more than twice as much electricity as coal. WWF…

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Low carbon electricity generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

Floating cities – a practical solution for countering climate change?

Posted January 5, 2018 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

Floating cities – a real solution to counter climate change

Floating cities are being developed in Polynesia as a sustainable place to live and a solution for rising sea levels, but they could also potentially help coral reefs recover and provide a habitat for marine life. The construction of the first floating villa is planned for 2020. This would include around 15 islands 82 by 82…

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Floating cities – a real solution to counter climate change

Smart cities: global initiatives for the urban climate

Posted December 20, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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Our cities contain a total of 4.1 billion people, and generate approximately 70% of our total global greenhouse gas emissions. UN projections show that urbanisation combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050. As both the biggest culprits in creating emissions, and amongst the…

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Floating cities – a practical solution for countering climate change?

Posted January 5, 2018 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

Floating cities – a real solution to counter climate change

Floating cities are being developed in Polynesia as a sustainable place to live and a solution for rising sea levels, but they could also potentially help coral reefs recover and provide a habitat for marine life. The construction of the first floating villa is planned for 2020. This would include around 15 islands 82 by 82…

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Floating cities – a real solution to counter climate change

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

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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China looks to green infrastructure to counter climate impacts

Posted August 4, 2016 by CCC in CCC campaign, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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China has a long tradition of mastering water engineering, yet the systems and standards used today in the form of concrete walls and stone dykes along rivers, and drainage pipes under roads have been failing all too often. Climate change and climate variability means this “gray infrastructure” may not be able to effectively protect urban…

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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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