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1 March 2019

Progress report published on European Level(s) sustainable buildings framework

In 2017, the European Commission introduced Level(s) – a new framework of indicators to report on the sustainability performance of buildings. The new reporting system is currently being tested in 136 building projects across 21 countries and the EU has published a progress report. Of the projects testing Level(s), 74 are residential and 62 are […]

26 February 2019

Europe’s largest solar factory roof to be built in Hungary

Some 160,000 m2 of solar roofing is being installed on two logistic centres in in Győr/Hungary by Audi together with Eon Audi. The roofs will comprise 35,000 solar modules and will have an output of Annual output of more than 9.5 gigawatt hours. The goal of the 12 MW PV rooftop installation is to make […]

19 February 2019

Top sustainable technologies in green construction

Green technology makes buildings more energy-efficient and sustainable. They thus have a lower carbon footprint and a reduced impact on the environment. In new buildings, green building construction plays a role in every phase of development. Every aspect of the structure, including siting, design, construction materials, and the systems used to run and maintain operations […]

13 February 2019

Research launched for zero-waste, carbon-neutral steel sector

Steelmakers and university experts in the UK are teaming together on a seven-year research programme aimed at boosting the productivity of the steel sector by championing carbon capture techniques and minimising industrial waste streams. The ‘SUSTAIN’ programme which aims to transform the entire supply chain of the steel sector has been launched by more than […]

12 February 2019

Next U.N. Climate Summit should focus on buildings and construction sector

September’s crucial United Nations Climate Summit needs to recognise the importance of buildings and construction in the climate debate. They contribute close to 40 % of global emissions while exacerbating the air pollution that causes some seven million deaths annually. This is view of Joyce Msuya, acting executive director of the U.N. Environment Program; Cristina […]

6 February 2019

Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) launches updated certification system

The Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) is continuing to promote sustainably sourced concrete through the development of version 2.0 of its innovative certification system. CSC was founded in November 2016 under the direction of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a sector project within the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Concrete industry partners from Europe, […]

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 […]

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