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Unlocking the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the planet

Back in 1970, at the dawn of the modern environmental movement, American Futurist Alvin Toffler coined the term 'Future Shock'. Toffler highlighted that the late-20th Century was experiencing a phenomenon unique in human history in which technology was changing faster than people. This in turn led to widespread discomfort and confusion as well as frequent social and economic upheaval.

Finding sustainable purpose: How we found new life after public funding through profit for purpose

Britain's Energy Coast's chief executive Michael Pemberton discusses the company's transformation from a publicly-funded entity to a firm with a profit for purpose property business model that champions sustainability in the built environment.

Stora Enso expects two-thirds of energy consumption at its mills to come from biomass derived from burning wood bark

In practice: Stora Enso's cost-effective move to champion cross laminated timber

A new multi-million-euro investment looks set to transform packaging firm Stora Enso into a renewable materials company and the largest global producer of a low environmental impact timber solution to replace steel and concrete in construction projects.

The WorldGBC stresses that net-zero buildings can generate new jobs, improve energy security and create future-proofing of investment for companies

Every building must be 'net-zero' carbon by 2050, says WorldGBC

The construction sector needs a "dramatic" shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to new research from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

The Innovation Lab officially launched in December with a workshop aimed at identifying “breakthrough challenges” that would form the basis for nine-months of workshops and programmes

Carillion joins UK Green Building Council Innovation Lab

UK construction giant Carillion has become the latest partner of the UK Green Building Council's (UK-GBC) Innovation Lab, which aims to solve systemic challenges in the built environment through collaborative and sustainable innovation.

AECOM's director of sustainability and building engineering Ant Wilson regularly lectures at universities and visits schools to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering

AECOM sustainability chief awarded MBE

Multinational construction firm AECOM's sustainability director Ant Wilson has received an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours for his services to green building design and engineering.

Closing the gap: Five steps to improve building performance

It is commonly accepted that most of our non-domestic buildings are not performing as well as they could be, in terms of cutting carbon, reducing energy usage and meeting occupiers' needs.

This episode of the podcast was broadcast live from the offices of the UK Green Building Council, which represent the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for an office refurbishment in the UK

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 14 - The past, present and future of green buildings

As edie's green buildings month draws to a close, we visit the inspirational home of the UK Green Building Council for a live episode of the podcast, including an exclusive chat with the Council's campaign and policy director John Alker.

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.


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