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New master’s thesis within the Impres project investigates greenhouse gas reduction in infrastructure projects

Posted October 5, 2017 by CCC in Procurement, Researchers, Sustainable design

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Read the master thesis here. One part of the Construction Climate Challenge funded Impres project’s results will be a master’s thesis conducted by Daniel Balian, former student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and now Sustainability Consultant at WSP Environmental. In the following interview he elaborates further on these interesting results. What is your…

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New York City launches first Paris-compliant low carbon plan

Posted October 4, 2017 by CCC in COP21, Energy policy, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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New York City, a member of the C40 group of world cities has published its programme of emissions reductions actions make the City compliant with the global l.5° C warming target over the next 3 years. The plan lists actions the City will take in the next three years to accelerate greenhouse gas (GHG)  reductions…

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UK-GBC raises alarm on pollution from construction sources

Posted October 3, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Urban planning

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Around 22% of carbon emissions in the UK come from the operational and embodied carbon of the built environment. This statistic, along with other thought-provoking data, was published by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) in its new report on ‘State of Sustainability in the UK Built Environment’. The report marks the organisation’s 10th anniversary  and highlights…

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EU publishes ‘Level(s)’ framework for sustainable building performance

Posted September 29, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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To help develop a common language around ‘sustainable’ building’ the European Commission has been consulting with the construction industry to develop agreed performance indicators to drive low carbon construction and help transform the building sector. Known as “Level(s)” it is the world’s first region-wide sustainable building reporting tool. Level(s) has high ambitions, aiming to transform…

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Prefab revolution starts with major ‘house factory’ in UK

Posted September 27, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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A vast new factory has come on stream in the UK with timber delivered at one end, and just a week later a fully furnished one-bed flat emerging at the other. The move towards producing high volume ‘prefab’ houses is being backed by the insurance giant, Legal & General Homes which is planning to build thousands…

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Office building renovation could generate USD 1.5 trillion in efficiency savings

Posted September 26, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency

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Businesses around the world could reduce office costs by up to $1.5 trillion through state-of-the-art refurbishment and retrofitting. A report released by Philips Lighting at the World Green Building Week show the impact that could be made on rents across the world’s offices if business owners replicated the efficient usage of space achieved in a…

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Indonesian design allows vertical in-city farming

Posted September 22, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning

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Indonesia’s cities are the fastest growing in Asia and the urban population is attracting many migrant farmers who frequently find it hard to secure jobs in the city. A design for an 11-storey vertical farm aims for permit urban farming for the jobless migrant workers recently won the prestigious International Tropical Architecture Design Competition awarded during…

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Intelligent Energy brings low emission fuel cells to the construction sector

Posted September 20, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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The producer of air cooled fuel cell modules, Intelligent Energy, is partnering with the UK‘s Taylor Construction Plant Ltd (TCP) for the testing, integration, and evaluation of its green energy products into power systems for the construction industry. The fuel cell powered products will initially be targeted at applications such as off grid site power,…

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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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IEA develops roadmaps for energy-efficient construction

Posted September 2, 2015 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency

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To accelerate the development of low-carbon energy technologies and address the global challenges of energy security, climate change and economic growth, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is developing a series of global low-carbon energy technology roadmaps covering the most important technologies including energy-efficient building design, materials and heating. The roadmaps identify priority actions for governments,…

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Swedish CemZero project explores zero-C02 electric cement production

Posted August 29, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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Swedish cement producer Cementa AB and the state-owned energy major Vattenfall have teamed up to develop electricity powered cement production and zero carbon emissions. They have launched CemZero, a joint pilot study into electrified cement production with the objective of ensuring zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030. If successful this reduce Sweden’s total CO2…

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‘Instant farm’ in a container developed for remote agriculture

Posted January 18, 2017 by CCC in Sustainable design

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‘Farm from a Box’ is an innovative shipping container that transforms into off-grid farm for sustainable, tech-powered agriculture. The ‘box’ contains all that is needed to start and maintain a 2-acre planted farm capable of feeding 150 people. Upon delivery the 20 ft. container doubles in size when deployed  and all the technology is pre-installed…

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“The key driver for low carbon production is the correlation between low carbon and reducing cost” – Dr Paul Toyne

Posted November 22, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, CCC campaign, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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The CCC Seminar on Reducing Carbon in Infrastructure Construction was chaired by Dr Paul Toyne, a sustainable construction expert and London Sustainable Development Commissioner. A high level panel of speakers shared experience and  best practices on how to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. The event covered an array of topics including the challenges of reducing carbon…

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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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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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