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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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COP23: technical paper published on cross-cutting issues in urban environment

Posted November 1, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, COP23, Urban planning

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In advance of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) being held in Bonn, 6 to 17 November, the Secretariat has drawn up a ‘technical paper’ which compiles information on mitigation benefits and cobenefits of policies, practices and actions for enhancing mitigation ambition in urban environments. The paper also includes examples of options for supporting the…

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‘Pop up’ homes developed to provide affordable housing at low cost

Posted October 31, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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ZEDpods are a new concept in prefabricated housing which can be quickly installed over vacant spaces such as car parks and not require land acquisition or major capital expenditure. The pods are constructed off site and can be erected in a matter of days with a forklift. They have a patented raft foundation that exerts…

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Architectural tiles made by mobile solar recycling plant

Posted October 27, 2017 by CCC in New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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The world’s first off-grid, industrial grade recycling plant has been developed which converts trash in architectural building tiles using solar power. Trashpresso is a solar-powered recycling plant housed on a 40-foot container platform that is movable anywhere by trailer truck. It is powered by a solar-charged energy storage unit housed on a separate 20-foot container platform. It…

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Innovative ‘floating wind farm’ starts operation off coast of Scotland

Posted October 25, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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The world’s first floating wind farm has been installed off the coast of Scotland and has started delivering electricity to the Scottish power grid. The wind farm uses technology developed for North Sea oil platforms and allows the windmills to float in the rough sea, anchored by cables to be bottom, with orientation and stability…

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Worldwide investment in energy efficiency continues to grow

Posted October 24, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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In 2016, global investment in energy efficiency increased by 9% to $231bn, maintaining the upward trend of recent years. The savings mean that in 2016, the world would have used 12% more energy had it not been for energy efficiency improvements since 2000 – equivalent to adding another European Union in the global energy market,…

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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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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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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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Companies worldwide switch to solar energy

Posted August 18, 2016 by CCC in COP21, Energy efficiency

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While many businesses still have a way to go to limit their carbon footprint, companies across the world are making a switch to solar energy to help meet the demands of climate change. Some of the most compelling stories came from Africa, home to the world’s fastest growing population. In Tanzania, Off-Grid Electric allows homes…

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France legislates for compulsory green roofs for commercial buildings

Posted March 23, 2015 by CCC in Design and planning, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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A new law has been approved in France obliging rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France to be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer. They also retain rainwater,…

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