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13 July 2018

Energy renovation of buildings is a key tool for urban regeneration

Across the globe more than 30 % of greenhouse gas emissions are the result of energy use in buildings. And by 2050 global building energy demand could increase by 50% if no action is taken. Reaching the Paris Climate goals requires investing in renovation of the existing building stock. Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings […]

10 July 2018

Mayors urge EU to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050

The mayors of ten major European cities -including Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona – have issued a joint call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. The joint call by the ten mayors coincides with the launch of a public consultation this week (10-11 July) by the European […]

6 July 2018

UK launches Construction Sector Deal to cut building energy use and emissions

The UK Government has launched a £420m construction sector deal, which provides a framework for the built environment sector to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030. The dealwill see £170m of Government funding invested in innovations which seek to enhance resource efficiency, improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions across the […]

3 July 2018

‘Breakthrough’ could deliver lower cost carbon capture

A Canadian company, Carbon Engineering, has developed a new approach to directly removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and claims the process can now be done for less than $100 per ton compared to current estimates of $600 per ton. Various of carbon capture and storage technology are being worked on to suck the climate-polluting gas […]

29 June 2018

ACE webinar explains the EU’s ‘Level(s) building performance framework

The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), in partnerships with BUILD UP, organised a webinar on Level(s) to explain how it works and its potential benefits for architect. Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework developed by the European Union to improve the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of […]

27 June 2018

London set to create largest fleet of electric buses in Europe

In a bid to combat toxic air levels polluting London, the city plans to increase the number of electric double-deckers in London more than ten-fold, with the vehicles set to be added to Transport for London’s (TfL) fleet in summer 2019. 68 fully-electric double-decker buses have been ordered in a bid to create the largest […]

26 June 2018

Skanska has obtained PAS2080 Verification to reduce the carbon footprint with greener solutions

Skanska has become the first UK firm to gain a new eco certification administered by BSI that recognises its carbon management processes. The PAS 2080: 2016 carbon management in infrastructure scheme aims to help infrastructure organisations reduce the volume of carbon used throughout their projects. Hear how Skanska partnered with BSI to obtain PAS 2080 […]

15 June 2018

Global warming set to exceed 1.5°C, says U.N. report

Global warming is on course to exceed the most stringent goal set in the Paris agreement by around 2040, threatening economic growth, according to a draft report that is the U.N.’s starkest warning yet of the risks of climate change. Governments can still cap temperatures below the strict 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7° Fahrenheit) ceiling agreed […]

14 June 2018

Construction SMEs call for smarter building through digitization

The European Builders Confederation (EBC) and other major European construction industry associations have joined forces to publish the “European Construction Industry Manifesto for Digitalisation” – a strategic call for a strong political leadership from the European Union, an appropriate regulatory framework on data policy and a budgetary focus on digital skills, R&D and deployment of IT […]

8 June 2018

The WorldGBC calls on construction leaders to join Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched a new commitment toNet Zero Carbon Buildings  and called on market leaders, including those in the construction industry, to join as signatories. The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges businesses and organisations across the world to take advanced climate action by setting ambitious targets to eliminate operational carbon emissions from […]

7 June 2018

Netherlands to build world’s first habitable 3D printed houses

The Dutch city of Eindhoven is to be the first in the world to have habitable homes made by a 3D printer, in an innovation its backers believe will revolutionise the construction industry. Of the first five new houses to be put on the rental market next year, the smallest, with two bedrooms, has already […]

6 June 2018

“The buildings sector is a laggard in climate action,” says WRI

By 2050, the global floor area in buildings is expected to double to more than 415 billion square meters, and buildings’ energy demand may increase by as much as 50 percent. As assets with useful lives average 50-100 years, buildings lock in decisions today like few others, especially in high-growth regions like India, China and […]

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