Innovation

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 […]

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 […]

30 May 2018

EU moves to boost private investment in low-carbon technologies

The European Commission has drawn up proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing. Brussels wants to leverage the contribution of the private sector in order to decarbonise the European economy and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. […]

29 May 2018

Output of China’s 3D printing industry will reach $3 billion by 2020

It is expected that the output of China’s 3D printing industry will reach $3 billion by 2020, thanks to the support of the Chinese government. China is going to be the leading position of 3D printing in the world. In 2015, the Chinese government launched the “made in China 2025” initiative to foster advanced technology. […]

18 May 2018

High-tech CityTree cleans as much pollution as 275 trees

The CityTree is a new technology that cleans the air, while occupying just 1% of the space that would be needed using the 275 real trees it replaces. Cities are expanding, but the majority of them are also exceeding health limits for air pollution. Innovations that are small in size but can help clean the […]

15 May 2018

Zero-carbon aluminium smelting process developed by Alcoa

Mining firms Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminium have created a partnership involing Apple to accelerate commercialisation of new technology that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions from the smelting process of aluminium. Alcoa had designed a completely new process that replaces that carbon with an advanced conductive material, and instead of carbon dioxide, it releases […]

25 April 2018

Plastic waste turned into construction materials

A UK company has developed technology to transform waste plastic into timber substitutes. Known as Smartawood, the lumber is formed from pretty much any type of plastic – even those that are contaminated with food or metal after the sorting process. For every tonne of recycled plastic used by Plastecowood, 700kg of carbon is diverted […]

20 April 2018

Innovations that can reduce the environmental impact of construction

Building information modelling, BIM has the capacity to reduce construction waste by up to 45%. When using BIM, construction firms can make more accurate estimations on their designs. Therefore, there are fewer errors made on the construction site, which improves labor productivity by keeping workers on track with projects. More importantly, using BIM on projects can reduce waste resulting […]

10 April 2018

Japan plans world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Japan is planning to build a 70 storey skyscraper made of wood. The structure would be earthquake proof and could help revitalise the country’s timber industry. The design concept for the “W350 Project” in Tokyo includes wraparound balconies draped with foliage to provide occupants access to fresh air, daylight, and views. The Japanese construction company […]

6 April 2018

Cities and architects unite to combat climate change

A global competition has been launched, inviting architects to propose innovative solutions that tackle urban density and climate change in different parts of the world. Reinventing Cities is a global initiative that invites architects to explore different ways of tackling the challenges of climate change and urban density through creatively reimagining neglected parts of our cities. This […]

3 April 2018

Sweden plans world’s first fossil-free steel plant

A ‘globally-unique’ pilot plant for fossil-free steel is being planned for Northern Sweden. Behind the HYBRIT initiative are steel producers SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall. The planning and designing is expected to cost SEK 20 million and will be part financed by the Swedish Energy Agency (50%) and the remainder by SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall. The […]

21 March 2018

Ecofriendly nano wood developed to replace styrofoam insulation

A lightweight, strong material derived from wood works better than the heat-insulating substances used today. The insulator, which its developers call “nanowood”, is easy and cheap to make, biodegradable, and could slash the carbon footprint of homes and office buildings. Researchers have been searching for low-cost, effective insulators that are sustainable. The team of scientists and engineers […]

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