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12 September 2018

How architects can reduce embodied carbon in the construction process

The need for sustainability in the design, construction, and operation of buildings is a reality. While 40% of the energy consumed in the U. S. in 2015 went directly or indirectly to operating buildings when you add embodied carbon—the energy and emissions from materials and construction —that number is almost 50%. Architects have a responsibility […]

31 August 2018

First electric ’emissions-free’ quarry tested by Volvo CE and Skanska

Swedish companies Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and Skanska are turning the quarrying industry upside down in a groundbreaking study to create the world’s first ‘emission-free’ quarry. Drawing on the electromobility and automation expertise of the Volvo Group, the research project, dubbed Electric Site, aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry – from […]

22 August 2018

Report highlights low carbon opportunities in Europe’s building sector

The building sector is in need of comparable, pan-European data to support a low-carbon economy. Up until now, this information was incomplete and fragmented, hindering the uptake of new innovations and technologies. A new series of reports drawn up at the instigation of the European Institute for Innovation &Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC outlines trends in construction […]

17 August 2018

How resource efficiency in key materials can help cut CO2 emissions

A new report explores a broad range of opportunities for reducing the impact of the four largest materials in terms of emissions (steel, plastics, aluminium, and cement) and two large use segments for these materials (passenger cars and buildings). It finds that a more circular economy could make deep cuts to emissions from EU heavy […]

25 July 2018

Infrastructure: Heathrow airport expansion to pioneer offsite pre-assembly of components

Heathrow will be the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of Logistics Hubs – aiming to build as much of the project offsite as possible. The hubs will work by pre-assembling components offsite before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow just as they are needed. This method will […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

4 May 2018

‘Levels’ buildings sustainability framework moves into test phase

Last year, the European Commission introduced Level(s) a new framework of indicators to report on the sustainability performance of buildings. The Commission has now officially launched the two year testing phase for Level(s). This testing phase aims to support stakeholders across a buildings value chain, from designers though to facility managers; in testing the Level(s) indicators […]

18 April 2018

WGBC: “We need to manage suppliers and understand embodied carbon across the construction supply chain”

Managing suppliers and understanding the embodied carbon is necessary across the construction supply chain – so that everybody is coordinated could make a big difference – and it’s not happening enough,” says Teri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). “The current diffused responsibility makes green building that much more difficult, but this […]

27 March 2018

Skanska aims to be first for the new PAS2080 carbon standard

Skanska has slashed its carbon use across the business in a bid to become the UK’s first contractor to gain the new PAS 2080 carbon industry standard. The standard was developed by BSI (British Standards Institution) and launched two years ago to try to mitigate climate change through carbon reduction. It is seen as the world’s first carbon […]

27 February 2018

EU digital construction seminar points way to common European strategy

A high level EU seminar on digital construction brought together four organisations of major industries (CECE, Construction Products Europe, FIEC and EBC) to develop a vision of a common European digital construction strategy. “Having a collaborative and inclusive strategy for the European construction industry will help us to figure out where our industry wants to […]

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