Industry value chain

2 November 2018

Concrete sector can cut emissions by 80% with only “moderate” investment, says report

The cement and concrete sector, together responsible for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, can radically cut its climate impact with only “moderate” investment, according to a study released this week by Swiss scientists. Emissions can be cut by 80% by 2050 in the concrete construction sector, against a 1990 baseline, without major changes […]

31 October 2018

Construction sector productivity could rise ten fold through greater prefabrication

The construction industry employs about 7 % of the world’s working-age population and is one of the world economy’s largest sectors, with $10 trillion spent on construction-related goods and services every year. But the industry has an intractable productivity problem and, according to Reinventing construction: A route to higher productivity, a new McKinsey Global Institute report, an opportunity […]

26 October 2018

Rotterdam targets construction waste in circular economy drive

The City of Rotterdam has an ambitious plan to become a fully circular city by 2050. It believes there are huge environmental, social and economic benefits to be harnessed from implementing a circular economy. Its plan particularly highlights construction waste which it believes represents not just an environmental problem, but an opportunity. Just as Rotterdam […]

23 October 2018

Climate change manifesto drawn up by global cement industry

The World Cement Association (WCA) has released a climate change manifesto designed to help the industry cut its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping average global temperature rises ‘well below’ 2C. The WCA Climate Change Action plan outlines measures to help its members develop climate protection strategies and embrace […]

10 October 2018

How to reduce ’embodied carbon’ in the construction process

Embodied carbon is an urgent issue because the emissions we release in the next 20 to 30 years are critical to keeping global temperatures at tolerable levels. For building professionals, reducing carbon emissions that has typically meant increasing energy efficiency and pushing for renewable energy production, thus reducing the amount of carbon generated by the fossil fuels […]

26 September 2018

ISO 20400 brings new standards for Sustainable Procurement in construction

In tbe construction sector as much as 80% of revenue goes into the supply chain. The recently introduced international standard for sustainable procurement now provides clear guidelines on how to align purchasing with sustainability goals. Unlike many other standards, ISO 20400 is not intended for certification, but it may lead to performance assessments. It is […]

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 […]

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