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25 January 2019

Artificial intelligence can help boost the circular economy, says McKinsey research

Combining artificial intelligence and circular economy can accelerate a shift towards a regenerative system fit for the future, new research by the McKinsey organisation has shown. The advantages of such an approach are substantial. Research shows that a circular economy in Europe can create a net benefit of €1.8 trillion by 2030, while addressing mounting […]

22 January 2019

Built environment needs to accelerate towards a closed-loop model, says Circle Economy report

A new report released at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has outlined the urgent need for nations to “wake up to the potential” of the circular economy in order to push the world towards the Paris Agreement’s more ambitious pathway. The Circularity Gap Report 2019 has been produced by non-profit Circle Economy, which […]

16 January 2019

Architects and engineers back green construction strategies

The findings from the preeminent study on green buildings have been released and the results are both surprising and encouraging. An international study of architects, engineers, contractors, owners, specialists/consultants and investors from 86 countries shows that the majority (more than 60%) expect to do the majority of their projects green by 2021. Published by Dodge Data […]

11 January 2019

Concrete responsible for 8% of all CO2 emissions, says report

Architects have been urged to reconsider their use of concrete after research found that cement – its key ingredient – was responsible for 8 % of global CO2 emissions Research by the think tank Chatham House, underlines the need for drastic changes in the production and use of concrete, the world’s most used man-made material, because […]

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 […]

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