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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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Ancient and new technology combine in zero energy ‘cool brick’ to replace air conditioning units

Posted September 19, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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3D-printing is being used to create a ceramic “Cool Brick” that can replace air-conditioning units and use no power. Ideally suited for cooling homes in hot, dry climate the specially designed ceramic tubes that could make a radical change to home energy use in arid regions. Cool Brick is a new kind of passive cooling system…

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WGBC plans week of global action to promote net zero buildings

Posted September 15, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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From 25 September to 1 October, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and individuals around the globe will joinyly celebrate the positive role green buildings play as part of World Green Building Week 2017. The event organised by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) is highlighting the need for net zero buildings under the banner #OurHeroIsZero. When…

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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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China develops ‘Sponge City’ solution for drought and flooding

Posted August 1, 2017 by CCC in COP21, Design and planning, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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Global warming is increasing the urban threats of both flooding and drought. While flooding is a major issue in China (in 2013, more than 230 Chinese cities experienced floods) more than half of China’s cities are considered water scarce. A further 400 rely on groundwater sources for drinking water, even though 60 % of groundwater qualifies as relatively or very…

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The world’s coastal cities will sink unless carbon pollution is cut drastically

Posted March 31, 2016 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP21

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A new study confirms that only very aggressive climate action can save the world’s coastal cities from inundation by the end of the century. If total warming is kept below 2°C, we still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of sea level rise…

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Gigantic Tunisian solar project could power 5 million EU homes

Posted August 23, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency

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The construction of a gigantic solar power plant on the edge of the Sahara desert is being planned by a consortium of clean energy developers. It will be linked to Europe by undersea cables and could power over 5 million homes. The solar plant would be located in southwest Tunisia and aims to tap into…

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Trends that are shaping the future of green building

Posted April 26, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a sharper focus on existing structures are among the trends that will drive sustainability through 2020. A listing of the major trends to expect in the green building sector has been drawn up by Jerry Yudelson one of the leading green building…

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More sustainable concrete through use of ‘energetically modified cement’

Posted October 21, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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A report published by the Japanese Concrete Institute has highlighted techniques that can make concrete more sustainable, in particular through the addition of ‘supplementary cementing materials’ (SCMs). This approach replaces cement in concrete with combinations of SCMs leading to reactions which enhance strength, produce leaner concrete with less cement per m3. One of the pioneers…

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Major carbon-neutral mining technology developed by De Beers

Posted May 10, 2017 by CCC in COP22, Design and planning, New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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The Anglo American’s diamond company De Beers is embarking on an innovative energy storage project which aims to deliver carbon-neutral mining within five years. The project is utilising the storage potential of a by-product of diamond mining, known as kimberlite, a rare type of rock that remains after diamonds are removed from the ore. Kimberlite tailings…

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Sweden’s Sol Voltaics increases solar panel efficiency by 50%

Posted July 7, 2017 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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Swedish solar technology firm Sol Voltaics is preparing to launch a nano-based development which can boost the efficiency of solar panels by up to 50%. The company has made a breakthrough by developing PV nanowires using its proprietary Aerotaxy® process. The breakthrough paves the way for Sol Voltaics to bring its SolFilm™ PV solutions to market delivering solar module…

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