Infrastructure

19 April 2019

Seven reasons why embodied carbon matters

While the construction industry has made great strides in addressing operational energy consumption (the amount of energy used to run the building), embodied carbon has been given the same attention. Most calculations around the carbon footprint of work often don’t account for embodied carbon: the carbon emissions produced as a result of the harvest/extraction, refinement […]

5 April 2019

Climate-proof floating cities for areas under threat

Oceanix City is new habitation concept intended to be developed in sub-tropical and tropical areas that are most at risk of flooding first, but could soon offer a more attractive living environment. The scheme was unveiled at the First UN High-level Roundtable on Sustainable Floating Cities, which Oceanix co-convened with MIT, the Explorers Club and […]

2 April 2019

First PAS 2080 verification for UK construction supplier

The first UK construction materials supplier has achieved PAS 2080 verification after demonstrating its ongoing commitment to supplying low carbon solutions to infrastructure projects. Aggregate Industries underwent a rigorous, independent audit process by the BSI to be certified as the first supplier of its kind that can ensure delivery of infrastructure projects meet the PAS […]

19 March 2019

PAS 2080 helps lead the way in low carbon infrastructure

To slow the effects of climate change, it is essential that the potential impact of infrastructure schemes is considered right from the start. Failure to address carbon emissions at the earliest project design stages can significantly hamper efforts to reduce their environmental impact, as the choices available to the delivery team diminish as the project […]

15 February 2019

New low-carbon ‘concrete’ made from desert sand

A new construction material which is as strong as concrete but has half the carbon footprint has been developed by scientists at Imperial College London. Called Finite, the material is a biodegradable product made from desert sand – a resource that has until now been useless for construction. The breakthrough comes amid increasing concern about the world’s […]

15 January 2019

Decentralised solar power is bringing light to remote African villages

Families in remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa with no grid electricity are benefiting was spread of a new generation of home solar systems. Indeed more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to power. A new generation of solar packs, supported by innovating financing system is bring electric power to remote regions. […]

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 […]

30 October 2018

An innovative solution for recycled plastics is hybrid asphalt for building roads

An innovative solution for all the plastic that is choking the world’s landfills is to recycle it and use it to build roads. When bound together with plastic polymers, the asphalt created will be cheaper and last longer than conventional pavement, according to independent experts. One European firm already is combining plastic pellets with hot-mix […]

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 […]

2 October 2018

Norway to launch $47 billion coastal infrastructure project

Norway is to embark on the largest infrastructure project in the nation’s history building a 1,100 coastal road the length of the country.  The E39 runs between, Kristiansand in the far south of the country and Trondheim in the north. The route navigates its way across the fjord network and features no fewer than seven […]

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 […]

18 September 2018

World’s largest 2 MW scalable tidal turbine developed

Plans for the the largest tidal power turbines in the world have been unveiled by the UK’s SIMEC Atlantis Energy. The UK company’s ‘next generation’ single axis rotor turbine would be capable of accommodating rotor diameters of between 20-24 metres, depending on the site, while only reducing rotor speed by less than one metre per […]

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