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        26 March 2020

        New open-access CO2 tracking tool helps cut carbon emissions during building process

        It is becoming easier to track the carbon footprint of building materials through a range of new initiatives. This includes a new cloud-based tool backed by a group of high-profile companies and NGO’s, which is making that information free and available to everyone. Research funded by the Construction Climate Challenge, an initiative hosted by Volvo […]

        18 March 2020

        Collaborative contracts can improve productivity and help meet carbon targets

        Conventional procurement contracts are often used in construction projects as a default option. But studies of new collaborative contracts are demonstrating that they can lead to better productivity and CO2 outcomes, by better aligning the project owner’s goals with those of other project partners. Collaborative contracts are on the rise in construction industry as an […]

        12 March 2020

        Bringing embodied carbon upfront – spotlight on clean construction

        In 2019, WorldGBC launched a report ‘Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront’ and set out a bold vision to eradicate the problem of embodied carbon by 2050. In this first blog, WorldGBC brings the thoughts and opinions of different industry leaders, Multiplex, Skanska and Volvo on the topic of clean construction. As technology like emissions free construction […]

        6 March 2020

        These new innovations in concrete could dramatically cut global carbon emissions

        Could disruptive technologies dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of concrete? New methods of making concrete show that it’s possible. Here are three innovations that could drastically cut the carbon footprint of construction. Concrete is the most manufactured material in the world – it is also a major contributor to global carbon emissions. The high carbon […]

        27 September 2019

        Launch of carbon report that calls for urgent action

        The report Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront was launched in New York on Wednesday, during the World Green Building Week. The report calls for coordinated action in the building and construction industry in order to radically reduce embodied carbon. The report includes a vision that by 2050, new buildings, infrastructure and renovations will have net zero […]

        18 September 2019

        U.N. Forum proposes removal of CO2?from the atmosphere as key climate strategy

        A new effort to rally governments and corporations behind technologies that suck greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to help stave off disastrous global heating will be launched at the United Nations on Tuesday. The first annual Global Climate Restoration Forum, held in New York, aims to spur international support for emerging and sometimes controversial methods […]

        17 September 2019

        MIT develops new to emissions-free cement

        It’s well known that the production of cement—the world’s leading construction material—is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for about 8 percent of all such releases. If cement production were a country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter. A team of researchers at MIT has come up with a new way of […]

        13 September 2019

        Japanese builder pushes for prefabricated housing solutions

        Would you live in a prefabricated home? The construction of modular houses with the help of robots in factories is not always associated with aspirational living or high-quality building, but attitudes are changing. Now Japan’s biggest housebuilder believes that it can change the perception of “prefab” as it prepares to build “thousands of homes” targeting […]

        11 September 2019

        New look to eco social housing in the UK wins prestigious RIBA Award?????

        A social housing estate of some hundred dwellings in Norwich, UK, has won the coveted 2019 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize, which is awarded to the UK’s best new building. The prize is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants […]

        10 September 2019

        Cement giant Heidelberg throws weight behind CCS

        Heidelberg Cement has signed a memorandum of understanding with multinational energy giant Equinor, in a bid to scale up its efforts in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Heidelberg’s Norwegian arm, Norcem, has been running a small trial CCS project at its cement plant in Brevik since 2011. Called “Northern Lights” and backed […]

        6 September 2019

        Melbourne’s trams set to run on solar power

        Melbourne’s tram network – the largest in the world – will soon be entirely solar powered as the city looks to implement the State of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan. While commuters won’t see actual panels on the city’s 400 trams, the electricity the network requires to operate with will be offset by certificates purchased […]

        4 September 2019

        Skanska wins Envision Platinum Certification for LaGuardia Terminal B Redevelopment

        The Envision Platinum Certification has been award to Skanska, lead partner in the Skanska-Walsh construction joint venture for the LaGuardia Airport Terminal B Redevelopment. Envision recognizes projects that lead the industry in their approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure development. Envision Platinum is the highest level of recognition within ISI’s awards programme. The LaGuardia Terminal […]

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