Infrastructure

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 […]

11 April 2018

Skanska:“emissions goals cannot be achieved without tracking embodied carbon”

While it is recognisd that buildings generate more than 170 million tons of construction waste annually; they account for almost 14 percent of all potable water use; and are responsible for almost 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, there is a metric missing from our daily conversations: embodied carbon, says Stacy Smedley* of Skanska USA. […]

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 […]

13 February 2018

First BREEAM Infrastructure Certificate awarded to HS2

The HS2 high speed rail project has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) scheme certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom which is aimed to be the new backbone of the national rail […]

12 January 2018

Supply chain training needed for sustainable construction

Some 67 companies in the UK construction sector are jointly financing a school dedicated to helping subcontractors and suppliers to develop their sustainability knowledge and competence and promote low carbon construction. The Supply Chain Sustainability School offers free access to a virtual learning environment with the aim of making all members of the supply chain better able […]

21 November 2017

UK low carbon pioneer Anglian Water scoops award for Europe’s largest pre-cast reservoir

In 2017, Anglian Water was the winner of the “Carbon Reduction Project of the Year 2017” at the British Construction Industry Awards. The award was for the creation of the largest pre-cast concrete reservoir in Europe at Grafham in the UK. The project spans 15 different sites and includes a new reservoir, five pumping stations […]

4 August 2017

BIM modelling at the heart of expansion of Panama Canal

The $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is one of the world’s largest civil engineering schemes and will vastly increase its capacity. At the heart of the infrastructure development is the use of Building Information Modelling – BIM. Panama Canal handles around 5% of all global trade, making it one of the most important waterways on […]

13 July 2017

Launch of global ISO standard for measuring carbon footprint of buildings

A new international standard created to simplify the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing buildings has been launched by the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO). The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions and the new (ISO) 16745 framework will provide a set of methods to calculate, […]

8 March 2017

Sustainable Infrastructure award for rebuilding Florida’s Interstate 4

The rebuilding of 21 miles of Interstate 4 in Florida has received the prestigious Envision Platinum recognition from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) for its sustainability efforts of environmental, social and economic impact on the community. The I-4 Ultimate Project involves the reconstruction of 21 miles of roadway infrastructure from west of Kirkman Road […]

14 February 2017

Harnessing the power of supply chain procurement to support climate change

The supply chain is the new frontier in environmental responsibility – an area rich with opportunity that remains mostly unexplored, where a number of pathfinders are starting to show others the value that can be found, says CDP which has published a report on the climate potential of green supply chain management. In its report: […]

27 January 2017

CCC Insights: ‘Construction Rating Schemes are key to carbon saving’

Construction project rating schemes such as BREEAM and CEEQUAL are a key to carbon saving, says Chris Broadbent, a Director for BREEAM Infrastructure and Managing Director of CEEQUAL Ltd . Third party certification using these rating schemes encourages projects to reduce carbon, to be more efficient the use of resources and deliver more effective, more […]

1 November 2016

EU publishes criteria for green public procurement for roads

A new voluntary set of construction-related criteria for Road Design, Construction and Maintenance has been published by the EU authorities. The publication of the EU Green Public Procurement(GPP)  criteria follows a review process undertaken by the European Commission’s DG for Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The newly published EU GPP criteria aim at […]

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