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Step-by-step approach: the construction and operation of the built environment currently accounts for more than 60% of UK materials consumption and one third of all waste

Building Revolutions: Designing a circular economy for the built environment

The circular economy makes complete sense for short-lived consumer products, but can it really work for something as enduring and complex as a building? David Cheshire, sustainability director at engineering firm AECOM, provides an answer.

Participating Green Building Councils will be invited to develop action plans, with an aim to launch a net zero certification within their respective countries

Ground-breaking 'net zero' buildings project launched by WorldGBC

All of the world's buildings will be 'net zero' emissions by 2050, under a bold, pioneering plan unveiled today (28 June) by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

The Zero Bills home could provide enough energy to cover annual household bills as well as covering annual fuel costs for travel

Could this 'Zero Bills' home galvanise a troubled housing sector?

An innovative new housing prototype that incorporates roof-integrated solar photovoltaics and air-source heat pumps as an energy storage system has been unveiled, with the designers claiming that the building will make domestic energy bills 'obsolete'.

Untha's technology is capable of converting 10 tonnes of material an hour into a useful fuel

VIDEO: Smaller footprint: Vietnamese shoe-waste to be shredded into fuel

The production-waste from Vietnam's largest shoe factory will be converted into a fossil-fuel replacement thanks to a new partnership between shredding firm Untha and building materials firm Holcim.

Julie Hirigoyen will replace current chief executive Paul King in April 2015

Julie Hirigoyen named new chief executive of UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has appointed Julie Hirigoyen as its new chief executive, as the industry-backed charity commences its eighth year of campaigning for a sustainable built environment.

Photo: University of Bath

Flood-resilient construction materials put to the test

Low-carbon sustainable building materials can now be tested in realistic open-air conditions before being incorporated into buildings thanks to a new facility in the University of Bath's Building Research Park.

In spite of investment and green energy initiatives, including the development of an 8MW solar farm at its cement works in Ketton, Rutland (above), Hanson's carbon emissions from production have actually risen by 5% per tonne since 2010

Hanson cuts waste to landfill by more than 35% in a year

The UK's largest supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry has announced that it cut the amount of waste it sent to landfill by 35.5% in 2013.

Jewson had been selling garden decking made from ipe

Jewson takes suspect timber off the shelves

Building materials supplier Jewson and wood merchants International Timber have agreed to stop selling garden decking from the Amazon and to launch independent reviews of their supply chains in Brazil.

Companies need greater understanding of built environment issues at board level to make smarter investment decisions in the future

Business must 'ramp-up' understanding of built environment issues

Businesses need to increase board-level understanding of built environment issues if they are to make smarter investment decisions that deal with issues such as carbon reduction targets, a new report warns.

Largest life-cycle assessment database launched for UK construction industry

The largest online life-cycle assessment (LCA) database has been launched to help built environment professionals make better decisions on the materials they use and their impact on the environment.

Embodied carbon is the carbon dioxide (CO2) or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the extraction, manufacture, transportation, assembly, replacement and deconstruction of building materials and products

Construction industry urged to collaborate on tackling embodied carbon

The construction industry is being called on to prioritise and tackle emissions associated with building materials and products, known as embodied carbon.

Stockholm sets out plans to improve sustainability of its buildings

The city of Stockholm is unveiling plans to improve the sustainability performance of its buildings by increasing its use of building assessment method BREEAM.

PwC's nine storey headquarters at One Embankment Place in London has achieved a 96.31% BREEAM Outstanding score

PwC HQ achieves highest sustainability score ever awarded

Professional services firm Pricewater-houseCooper's (PwC) newly refurbished headquarters has surpassed all BREEAM scores to date for both new build and existing structures.

Water is a primary component of concrete, representing approximately 25% of the mixture

Cemex's new policy puts water scarcity higher up the agenda

Global building materials firm Cemex has implemented a corporate water policy to increase water efficiency by managing consumption and utilising sustainable water sources such as rainwater.

Hotels that heal environment not 'beyond realm of possibility'

The idea that hotels, buildings and other structures could one day heal the environment rather than produce a negative impact is not "beyond the realms of possibility", says InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) head of sustainability.

Removing the Sustainable Homes policy could curtail local choice, delay the construction of new homes and compel local authorities to incur unnecessary legal fees

Government urged not to 'bulldoze' sustainable homes policy

MPs are urging the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to reconsider plans to axe the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Co-op's new headquarters in Manchester cost £105m and has been officially opened by the Queen

Co-op's new HQ is world's most environmentally-friendly building

The Co-operative Group's new head office in Manchester has been declared the most environmentally-friendly building in the world after receiving the highest sustainability score ever awarded.

Those in the construction industry will be tasked with delivering zero carbon buildings from 2019

Task Group launched to action Government's zero carbon buildings policy

A new task group to help the building industry deliver on the Government's zero carbon for non-domestic buildings policy has been launched today by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC).

The new process transforms CO2 into a solid product that can be used as green building materials

Pilot plant to transform CO2 emissions into 'bricks'

A pilot plant to be built in Australia will transform CO2 emissions, captured through carbon capture technology, into carbonate rock 'bricks' for use in the construction industry, researchers have claimed.

Eric Pickles' (pictured) efficiency standards for new builds will be implemented in April 2014

Government strengthens energy efficiency standards for new builds

The Government has confirmed today that there will be a 6% uplift in efficiency standards of new homes and a 9% improvement in non-domestic buildings over Part L 2010 Building Regulations.

Jewson and Biffa have been working together since 2006

Jewson strengthens Biffa partnership with waste to energy deal

Building materials supplier Jewson has secured a "ground breaking 360°" green energy supply initiative with waste management partner Biffa.

Kingfisher cuts property energy use by 4% despite opening 169 new stores

Kingfisher, whose UK businesses include B&Q and Screwfix, has cut total energy use at its properties by 4% from a 2010/2011 baseline, according to the company's latest sustainability report.

PART L 2013 - what will it mean for the construction industry?

Following an industry consultation, the UK Government is due to announce its decision on Part L of the Building Regulations imminently. However, when the announcement is made, will we see a transformation in the way houses are built in the UK, or will the road to zero carbon take a back-seat? Asks Alex Goodfellow.

EU Commission adopts new strategy to drive green infrastructure

The European Commission is encouraging the use of green infrastructure by adopting a new strategy which also ensures that the enhancement of natural processes becomes a systematic part of spatial planning.

Greater urgency needed to green up London's built environment

More inclusivity must be built into London's smart city agenda to safeguard its infrastructure against future climate threats, a leading sustainability analyst has warned.

Taylor Wimpey develops energy reduction plan that could save £38m

UK residential developer Taylor Wimpey is working with the Carbon Trust to identify and save £38m by 2020 by improving energy efficiency across the business and its supply chain.

Supermarket sector tops carbon reporting for second straight year

Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's have ranked amongst the top FTSE 100 companies for reporting and measuring carbon emissions, according to research released today.

The 48 steel modules have been refurbished and re-used to create the new sixth-form centre

Recycled sixth-form centre delivers 90% carbon saving

The construction of a sixth-form centre using relocatable building techniques, has been completed at Piggott School, an academy in Berkshire.

Travis Perkins supports Welsh construction reuse drive

Construction firms are being targeted in a new community reuse project which aims to put surplus building projects to good use.

The new Clugston SES office block in Sunderland

Shipping containers provide office space for start-ups

A pioneering initiative to create a commercial building using old shipping containers has been completed as part of a £1.2m sustainable project in Sunderland.

University launches sustainability institute

Leeds Metropolitan University is set to launch a new sustainability institute in a bid to tackle the impact infrastructure has on the environment.

Nottingham City Council looks to develop green energy park

Nottingham City Council is looking for a private sector partner to help it develop a green energy park in a bid to stimulate jobs and about £100m investment in the area.

Boris launches carbon emission cutting competition

London Mayor Boris Johnson is calling for students from across the capital to come up with "innovative ideas" to cut carbon emissions from buildings and make them more energy efficient.

Burdens supplies Duktus pipes to three Southern Water projects

Specialised ductile iron pipes have recently been supplied to Southern Water by civil engineering and building materials company Burdens. Over the past few months, sites at Mossy Bottom, Newmarket and Southover have used Duktus in diameters of 800mm and 1m, using the unique BLS restraint joint system.

Minister Stevenson launches Scotland's first environmental support tool for businesses

The minister for the environment and climate change, Stewart Stevenson, has unveiled what has been called "the country's first" environmental support tool for businesses.

An artist's impression of the T-Pylon

Winner of pylon redesign competition announced

The T-Pylon has a won a competition to possibly replace one of the country's most iconic energy structures.

Environmental bodies unite over proposed planning reforms

Six environmental bodies have joined forces to issue a letter to planning minister Greg Clarke, conveying their concern over the government's current planning reform proposals.

Solarcentury named fastest growing renewable energy firm - again

Revenue of more than £50m this year has kept Solarcentury's place at the top of a renewable business league.

Tarmac is ahead of target in waste reduction

Tarmac now a 'net user' of waste as consumption exceeds production

Leading aggregrates firm Tarmac has reduced the amount of waste sent to disposal by 92% since 2004 and is now a "net user" of waste, according to its latest sustainability report.

The new EPD will disclose an unprecedented amount of detail

Seeing is believing for InterfaceFLOR

InterfaceFLOR hopes to further improve its already impressive environmental credentials with full product transparency

Online auctions pay off

Wessex Water has turned to online auctions to tender work, and says it is identifying which frameworks will be tendered through this process. The company said it is already "making significant cost savings" by using an online auction to offer work to suppliers.

Green gains: why plastic is the new plywood

EcoSheet is a ground-breaking plywood replacement board made entirely from waste plastics. Mike Gerber paid a visit to 2K Manufacturing to see how it's done

Victorian terrace gets makeover

A Victorian property in Stoke-on-Trent has been given an innovative retrofit by housing and care provider, Sanctuary Group.

A Simply Food store

M&S most sustainable store to open

Marks & Spencer is opening its most sustainable UK store next month.

Photo: Hopkins Architects

WWF reflects sustainability mission with new HQ

The WWF-UK has won approval for the construction of a new sustainable headquarters in Woking.

Gypsum report shows progress to zero plasterboard waste

A report into plasterboard use shows waste gypsum has been reduced on four key areas for the third year in a row.

Olympian effort flows through

The site for the London Olympics 2012 includes a brand new deep water pumping station - and the UK's biggest municipal water recycling project ever. But, as Claire Smith reports, the capital's impressive engineering history is not being forgotten

Greg Barker

Greg Barker opens Europe's largest ground source heat pump

Climate change minister Greg Barker flipped the switch to activate Europe's largest ground source heat pump at a multi-million pound London shopping centre.

An aerial view of the site

Nuclear rubble landfill site to be remediated

A landfill site containing construction waste from a former nuclear research station is to be remediated.

Green energy training centre opens its doors

The Green Energy Training Centre (GETC) in Wirral opened its doors in November last year and has begun its training courses in renewable energy technologies.

Biggest overhaul in more than 100 years to create green construction

The construction industry faces its biggest overhaul in more than a century if it's to meet the low carbon agenda, according to a new report.

Wooden bridge is centre-point of sustainable development

A heavy load timber bridge has been installed as part of a new sustainable building development in the Netherlands.

Architecture watchdog to be wound down

The Government's sustainable building watchdog is to be wound down in its current form following the decision to end its funding.

Waste carrier denied registration renewal

A waste carrier that was given a record fine for waste offences has been refused a carrier's registration to transport waste.

Assembly warning on environmental aims of 2012 Games

In a report out today (October 29), the London Assembly's Environment Committee has warned that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games could fail short of its environmental aims.

Brighton makes a head start on waste management

Brighton and Hove city council will be one of the first to start working with local builders on the new government regulations for recycling construction and demolition waste.

Contaminated land and planning conditions

Developers are used to having to provide site surveys of Brownfield sites or expecting planning conditions to deal with clean up of a particular site.

£1bn council contract for energy-from-waste facility

Suffolk County Council has announced a £1billion plan to build a waste management facility in the region capable of powering more than 30,000 homes.

Business paints green sustainable picture

Paint firm Crown has published its latest sustainability report highlighting work to reduce solvent use and waste.

Norway tops global green building league

Norway has topped a global list of countries working towards zero carbon buildings for the second year in a row.

Welsh announce plans for new green building rules

A series of planned measures announced by the Welsh Government this morning (July 9) will mean new buildings in the country will have to be greener.

Peter Cartwright

Cutting your carbon footprint while investing billions in green technology

In what may on the face of appear a slow economic time one firm is pouring investment into new green technology.

US Government announces $76m funding for green building tech

The American Department of Energy has announced funding for a variety of energy-efficient building technologies and related training programmes to create skilled green collar workers.

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Bulgaria takes first steps to adopting green building rules

The Bulgarian Government has signed an agreement creating the first steps towards launching a green building code in the former Soviet-controlled country.

Fridges of Madison County - the US scheme also recycles white goods

London funds massive building waste reuse centre

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is to plough £0.5m into a social enterprise that will collect unwanted construction materials from building sites and sell them on to the public and trade.

Industry on the road to greener asphalt

Low-temperature asphalt could slash a third off the carbon emissions of the much-used material over the next ten years.

Clipper CEO quits after 'financially challenging period'

Chief executive of wind turbine manufacturer Clipper has stepped down after leading the firm through a 'financially challenging period'.

Concrete continues emissions cuts

The concrete industry attempts to green itself have been boosted by a fall in the amount of CO2 it admits, according to a new report.

Contaminated mine reopens

A mine closed due to a contamination scare is to be reopened this month and could produce up to 60,000 tonnes of lead this year.

Massam trying to burn the waste

Fine for dumper who burnt waste

A man who dumped waste and set fire to it has been hit with more than £12,000 in court costs and fines.

London City Hall goes green

City Hall - home of the Greater London Authority -is joining the capital's greener buildings after being awarded Carbon Trust status.

'Clipper in the clouds' concept attracts corporate attention

A 'hotel in the sky' powered by renewable energy could be the future of green travel, according to its designers.

UK total emissions fall by 1.9%

Total UK emissions fell in 2008 according to figures published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

The O2 Arena in Greenwich part of the Thames Gateway

Tories put off decision on Thames Gateway

Funding problems for Arab investors and a possible U-turn by the Conservatives makes for interesting times in Europe's largest regeneration zone.

ODA Chairman John Armitt visits the semi-mature trees that will planted in the Olympic Park

Olympics green build 'on track' say organisers

The Olympics Delivery Authority has said it is either meeting or exceeding all the sustainability targets laid down for the 2012 construction project.

Backing for green buildings

There is strong public support for green improvement like district heat, vacuum waste disposal and water harvesting, according to a UK Green Building Council (UGBC) poll.

Business still 'unprepared' for CRC

New research has revealed the majority of organisations affected by the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) will struggle with the burden created by the scheme.

More remediation to help housing shortage

More remediation work will have to take place on brownfield sites to stop the UK's growing housing shortage.

View from inside in the lighthouse

University lights the way to Copenhagen

A university has built what it claims is Denmark's first CO2 neutral public building in the city where crucial climate talks are due to take place in December.

US to retrofit out of recession

The US Government has launched a new report aimed at helping the country out of recession through retrofitting.

Joan Ruddock MP

Climate change minister backs boiler scrappage scheme

The minister tasked with battling climate change has backed calls for the government to create a boiler scrappage scheme.

Hanson Cement faces environmental charges

The Environment Agency is charging cement manufacturer Hanson Cement with four counts of breaching the company's environmental permit conditions in Wales.

British children most energy wasteful

Britons know more about climate change than their European counterparts according to new research launched today (October 19) to mark the beginning of Energy Saving Week.

Energy efficiency call from Climate Change Committee

The influential Climate Change Committee has today (October 12) outlined plans for a greener Britain.

New rules for cleaning up 'meth' contamination

New guidance has been issued for the cleanup of land polluted by criminals making methamphetamine.

EcoCampus award for Birmingham City Uni

Birmingham City University has received an award for its efforts to manage its environmental impacts.

Government must do more to tackle carbon footprint of existing buildings

A leading voice for the green building industry has spoken of its disappointment at Government's decision to discretely drop moves to enforce environmental standards for existing properties.

Pub saves energy to safeguard future

Pubs are among the worst hit businesses in the recession with as many as six closing a day.

Heath and Safety Executive 'misled' industry on asbestos deaths

Five radio adverts warning of the danger of death as a result of asbestos exposure were 'misleading', a watchdog has ruled.

Stopping construction waste going to landfill

A building firm set up a website to giveaway its construction waste and has seen it become a recycling success.

Commercial buildings get green makeover to boost value

American local government is pushing a boom in green retrofits, according to the latest research.

Lack of trained engineers threatens low carbon economy

Britain's failure to encourage more people into engineering is threatening the country's move to a low carbon economy.

An air capture design Credit Chris Bolin and the Discovery Channel

Geoengineering 'dangerous and unproven'

Boats pumping out clouds and thousands of mirrors in space are among geoengineering ideas outlined by the Royal Society.

US Green Buildings Council makes it easier to make eco improvements

The US Green Building Council has announced a new scheme to help homeowners find qualified tradesmen to make environmentally friendly improvements to their homes.

Plumbers call for boiler scrappage scheme

Plumbers and their suppliers are calling on Government to introduce a scrappage scheme for old boilers to encourage their replacement with newer, more efficient models.

The Sayano-Shushenskaya power station

Death toll rising after accident at one the world's largest hydropower stations

Two water ducts appear to have collapsed in Russia's largest hydro-electricity station killing several workers injuring more than 60 and leaving rescuers looking for dozens of missing people.

Dalton McGuinty (left) is showed how the school is being greened

Ontario premier visits green school

More than 1000 schools in the Canadian province of Ontario are currently being given a green makeover.

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Vestas officially closes two sites

Vestas has officially dismissed 425 workers at its sites on the Isle of Wight and in Southampton.

New homes are too small to recycle forcing people to send waste to landfill

Newly built homes too small for recycling

Newly built homes do not have enough space for recycling, according to a survey by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Las Vegas strip gets sustainable

Las Vegas' 24 hour a day power draining strip is going to get a lot greener with details of a new sustainable resort released this week.

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