Infrastructure

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 […]

3 May 2018

10 steps to reduce embodied carbon in construction lifecycle

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has published guidelines for architects and designers to reduce embodied carbon in the construction lifecycle: Reuse buildings instead of constructing new ones. Renovation and reuse projects typically save between 50 and 75 percent of the embodied carbon emissions compared to constructing a new building. This is especially true if the […]

24 April 2018

New study looks at embodied carbon in construction

It has been estimated that approximately 20% of GHG emissions are embodied in the construction sector. Embodied carbon emissions in construction – commonly referred to as ‘Embodied carbon’ refers to the GHG emissions associated with the manufacturing, maintenance, and decommissioning of a structure. A new report reviews seven leading examples of countries that have implemented […]

18 April 2018

WGBC: “We need to manage suppliers and understand embodied carbon across the construction supply chain”

Managing suppliers and understanding the embodied carbon is necessary across the construction supply chain – so that everybody is coordinated could make a big difference – and it’s not happening enough,” says Teri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). “The current diffused responsibility makes green building that much more difficult, but this […]

11 April 2018

Skanska:“emissions goals cannot be achieved without tracking embodied carbon”

While it is recognisd that buildings generate more than 170 million tons of construction waste annually; they account for almost 14 percent of all potable water use; and are responsible for almost 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, there is a metric missing from our daily conversations: embodied carbon, says Stacy Smedley* of Skanska USA. […]

27 March 2018

Skanska aims to be first for the new PAS2080 carbon standard

Skanska has slashed its carbon use across the business in a bid to become the UK’s first contractor to gain the new PAS 2080 carbon industry standard. The standard was developed by BSI (British Standards Institution) and launched two years ago to try to mitigate climate change through carbon reduction. It is seen as the world’s first carbon […]

13 February 2018

First BREEAM Infrastructure Certificate awarded to HS2

The HS2 high speed rail project has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) scheme certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom which is aimed to be the new backbone of the national rail […]

12 January 2018

Supply chain training needed for sustainable construction

Some 67 companies in the UK construction sector are jointly financing a school dedicated to helping subcontractors and suppliers to develop their sustainability knowledge and competence and promote low carbon construction. The Supply Chain Sustainability School offers free access to a virtual learning environment with the aim of making all members of the supply chain better able […]

21 November 2017

UK low carbon pioneer Anglian Water scoops award for Europe’s largest pre-cast reservoir

In 2017, Anglian Water was the winner of the “Carbon Reduction Project of the Year 2017” at the British Construction Industry Awards. The award was for the creation of the largest pre-cast concrete reservoir in Europe at Grafham in the UK. The project spans 15 different sites and includes a new reservoir, five pumping stations […]

4 August 2017

BIM modelling at the heart of expansion of Panama Canal

The $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is one of the world’s largest civil engineering schemes and will vastly increase its capacity. At the heart of the infrastructure development is the use of Building Information Modelling – BIM. Panama Canal handles around 5% of all global trade, making it one of the most important waterways on […]

13 July 2017

Launch of global ISO standard for measuring carbon footprint of buildings

A new international standard created to simplify the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing buildings has been launched by the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO). The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions and the new (ISO) 16745 framework will provide a set of methods to calculate, […]

8 March 2017

Sustainable Infrastructure award for rebuilding Florida’s Interstate 4

The rebuilding of 21 miles of Interstate 4 in Florida has received the prestigious Envision Platinum recognition from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) for its sustainability efforts of environmental, social and economic impact on the community. The I-4 Ultimate Project involves the reconstruction of 21 miles of roadway infrastructure from west of Kirkman Road […]

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