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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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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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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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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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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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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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Las Vegas city sets renewables trend for US cities

Posted March 7, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, COP22, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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The city of Las Vegas is now drawing 100 % of its power from renewable energy sources. Las Vegas is one of many US cities pushing ahead with aggressive efforts to leave fossil fuels behind. The effort moved closer to reality about a year ago when the city expanded its partnership with NVEnergy to deliver the power…

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BREEAM online green certification scheme launched in USA

Posted June 9, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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A lower-cost online version of BREEAM, the leading UK green-building rating system, has been introduced to the United States.   BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) was created in the UK in 1990 and measures sustainability in the built environment, with different schemes available for building types. Over 530,000 buildings have been registered and it is used in…

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Most EU countries set to miss Paris Agreement goals, while Sweden leads

Posted March 28, 2017 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP22

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Only three European countries are on course to achieve the Paris Agreement targets, according to research. Italy is among several countries languishing at the bottom of the table for alleged attempts to weaken the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) A study by the Transport & Environment (T&E) and Carbon Market Watch has examines the advance of…

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