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The majority of onsite waste is dealt with through a contract with waste management firm Biffa

Hanson UK halved waste sent to landfill in 2016

Building materials supplier Hanson UK has halved the amount of waste sent to landfill in the past 12 months, driven by reusing and recycling more than 100,000 tonnes of controlled waste in the production of cement and asphalt.

Embodied carbon refers to the emissions that occur during the manufacturing, transport and construction of building materials and also accounts for end-of-life emissions

UK Green Building Council encourages firms to tackle embodied carbon

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has offered new guidance for construction and building firms on how to decarbonise their operations and supply chains further, through effective embodied carbon measurement.

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.

Dr Steve Fawkes has been working with sustainability thinktank The Crowd to develop The Curve, a peer-to-peer platform for corporate energy users

Getting ahead of the curve on energy investment

Building a better case for ROI on energy efficiency would help accelerate take-up of renewable technologies, but lack of data is a stumbling block. A new digital platform built on peer-to-peer sharing could overcome this, as Maxine Perella finds out.

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.

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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.


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