Innovation

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 […]

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 […]

8 February 2019

World’s longest 3D-printed concrete bridge opens in Shanghai

3D-printing  using concrete has achieved a new landmark with the construction of the world’s longest bridge in Shangai, China. The single-arched bridge was constructed from 176 concrete units that were printed using two robotic-arm 3D-printing systems. All of the components were printed within 450 hours. The bridge’s structure comprises 44 hollow units, while the deck is […]

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, […]

5 February 2019

REBUS project shows climate benefits of nature-based solutions in cities

Urban areas occupy only 3 percent of the planet’s surface, but they are responsible for 75 percent of gas emissions. According to projections, by 2050, 6 billion people – or at least 70% of the global population – will be living in metropolitan centres, which might become a living hell, considering the impact climate change has […]

1 February 2019

Volvo Cars tries out 3D-printed marine concrete wall in Sydney Harbour

In a sustainability initiative Volvo Cars – a separate company from Volvo Group – has installed a 3D-printed marine habitat in Sydney Harbour. The Living Seawall is composed of 50 tiles designed to mimic mangrove roots and will provide new marine habitat for years to come. Made from marine concrete, the tiles are designed to provide the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

23 November 2018

Volvo and Skanska report dramatic savings at electric-powered quarry

The Electric Site project led byVolvo CE and its customer Skanska aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry – from excavation to primary crushing, and transport to secondary crushing. After 10 weeks of testing results show that their Electric Site research project has achieved results including a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a […]

21 November 2018

Timber school in Brazil wins RIBA international eco prize

A timber and mud-brick ‘Children Village’ in Brazil, which doesn’t need air-con even in 45 degree heat has won the Royal Institute of British Architects prize for the best building in the world. It is an unlikely accolade to find bestowed on a remote school the “Children Village”, in a far-flung part of Brazil. , designed […]

14 November 2018

EU backs ‘citizen energy generation communities’

The EU has agreed a legal framework for “citizen energy communities”. Groups of individual consumers can thus generate energy for home use and pool surplus energy for sale to the national grid. The deal should be a boost for small-scale renewable energy production. There are currently around 3,000 energy communities across Europe, according to REScoop.eu, the […]

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