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The CSR report highlights that Tarmac is making “good progress” towards its 2020 target of a 37% reduction in carbon emissions after reaching a 27% fall by the end of 2015

Tarmac lays the foundation for concrete energy reduction

Construction firm Tarmac has ramped up its energy efficiency efforts through the roll out of on-site technologies, the uptake of demand-response, and the development of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiencies across the business.

The Mersey Gateway Project sparked the need for further research on the environmental impact of large infrastructure projects

AECOM partners with University of Salford to fund sustainable infrastructure research

Environmental consultancy firm AECOM and the University of Salford have struck up a new partnership that aims to improve understanding of how major infrastructure programmes interact with the environment.

Holwell Works in Melton Mowbray achieved a saving equivalent to more than a whole month’s energy costs through demand-response

How demand-response is delivering big energy reductions for Saint-Gobain

UK construction material manufacturer Saint-Gobain has made a total saving of £165,000 and experienced an 11% fall in energy demand across its 20 sites in the UK and Ireland, after powering down its factories at peak energy periods.

The built environment demands around 40% of the world’s extracted materials and demolition waste represents the largest waste stream in many countries

Construction industry needs a collaborative 'evolutionary jump' towards a circular economy

Collaboration within the construction industry is crucial to ensuring that businesses can embed best practice and overcome barriers to applying circular economy principles to the built environment, the UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) sustainability officer has claimed.

The Antibes store has been fitted with 1,245m of photovoltaic solar panels

Kingfisher builds 'energy-positive' hub in France

Kingfisher-owned tools and hardware firm Castorama France has reopened a store in the South of France after undergoing a two-year transformation that has seen the site streamlined into an energy-positive green building design hub.

Collaboration helped Lafarge Tarmac to challenge the status quo and devise new initiatives and practices

Driving sustainability through collaboration

Dr Martyn Kenny, director of sustainability at Lafarge Tarmac, explains how closer collaboration across the whole construction supply chain has become key to embedding sustainability and driving innovative ways to meet UK infrastructure and carbon reduction targets.

Emma Hines is the senior manager of sustainable construction at Lafarge Tarmac

Defining zero-carbon: Government's golden opportunity

Emma Hines, senior manager of sustainable construction at Lafarge Tarmac, argues that the absence of a zero-carbon standard for non-domestic buildings has resulted in uncertainty, due to a lack of legislative clarity and no mandated need to embrace zero carbon.

The Enterprise Centre has less than a quarter of the embedded carbon of a normal building

Adapt develops 'UK's greenest commercial building'

A new project at the University of East Anglia is being dubbed the UK's greenest commercial building, thanks to a range of innovative low-carbon design and maintenance initiatives.

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.

An artists impression of the Yubileyniy Stadium planned for 2018 in Saransk. pic: Gradproject CJSC Moscow

Russia goes green with 2018 World Cup preparations

With the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil now over, planning and construction is already underway in the 2018 host nation Russia, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.

Which country are you? Find out how your sustainability credentials stack up against this year's competitors

Test your knowledge! Sustainability and the FIFA World Cup

As the matches continue in Brazil, edie asks you to consider the environmental impact of the World Cup. Just how sustainable is FIFA's 'greenest' World Cup ever?

Mauro Montello of climate control systems provider Climaveneta

Greener buildings: Bringing low-carbon construction into the mainstream

How far has sustainable construction come in the past decade? With exemplar buildings like the WWF's Living Planet Centre taking centre-stage in the current sustainable construction hall of fame, how well are eco-innovations trickling down to more 'everyday' developments? Mauro Montello investigates.

Parliament must account for 'environmental costs' of HS2

The "hidden costs" regarding the environmental and health impacts of the HS2 project have been underestimated, according to London Assembly Environment Committee.

CIOB headquarters achieves 'gold' sustainability rating

The new headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has achieved a 'gold' sustainability rating, under the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) SKA environmental assessment tool.

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.

More investment needed to support sustainable infrastructure in cities says UN

Investing in sustainable infrastructures and resource efficient technologies in cities will deliver economic growth with lower rates of environmental degradation and cuts in greenhouse gases, according to a new report by the United Nations (UN).

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.

Bombay Sapphire distillery world's first to achieve highest level of sustainable construction

A Bombay Sapphire gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become the first distillery to achieve the highest level of sustainable construction under the BREEAM accreditation.

Sustainable communities need 'radical' new development approach

A new alliance of civic, environmental and transport bodies have called for a radical new approach to the construction of large scale developments in the run up to the Government's long-awaited prospectus for major new development.

Blueprint build for sustainable affordable housing

Construction work has begun on a pioneering project in Scotland to embed the principles of resource efficiency into affordable housing.

Building on sustainable choices

Clients are more inclined to take on construction teams that aim to meet environmental standards. Gareth Moores explains why sustainability has become a significant consideration on all projects.

edie rated as top twitter influencer in sustainability

Both edie and one of its editors have been rated as among the most influential sustainability enthusiasts in social media.

A prototype of the building was erected temporarily in London Docklands in 2008

First house built entirely from waste set to open its doors

The UK's first building to be made entirely out of waste materials is to be built in Brighton as a showcase for sustainable construction.

CIWEM leads by example with new London eco-headquarters

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has signed a £2.94m contract to develop a new eco-friendly headquarters in London.

Last call for entries in the Liveable Cities awards

The Corporation of London has issued a last call for entries to the fourth annual Liveable City Awards.

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