In developed countries buildings commonly account for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. The built environment is a significant target when looking to reduce emissions. Yet many new buildings use twice as much energy and have double the carbon emissions than predicted. What is causing this energy performance gap? A study led by Prof David Coley […]

One way for the construction industry to learn and adapt is to learn from other sectors. Toyota, following WWII, pioneered a method known as lean production. This has been adapted for the building sector and is known as lean construction. Surely lean construction is a perfect fit for BIM? Another method pioneered following WWII is […]

In response to the recently launched Procuring for Growth Balanced Scorecard by the government, The CPA has produced new procurement guidance tool. Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association, said “The CPA tool will signpost procurers to the established set of international and European standards, Publicly Available Specifications (PAS’s) and certifications schemes […]

It’s here! The long awaited ‘Bonfield Review’ has been issued. The framework sets out 27 recommendations covering consumer protection, advice and guidance, quality and standards, skills and training, compliance and enforcement, insulation and fabric, home energy technologies, smart meters and application in social housing. As part of the initial stage of planning, the Review Team […]

In this sustainable construction update we report on a number of initiatives that consider wellbeing, biodiversity and the application of green infrastructure, as well as smart construction for delivering a sustainable built environment. Health & Wellbeing of building occupants is now receiving increasing recognition from Clients and Designers. The UK Green Building Council reference the 90% […]

When the government announced its decision to make BIM mandatory it marked a change in the attitude of building clients; from a focus on the capital cost of construction to the lifetime value of the building. BIM can help to reduce operating costs, but another aspect receiving increasing recognition from clients and designers is the […]

MP Steve Cabe challenges the government asking where is the Bonfield Review?  He criticises Government, saying they are adding to a sense of disillusionment with energy policy. From the 1st October new housing in London will be expected to meet new zero carbon requirements. The new standard is much stricter than Part L of the Building […]

Buildings account for significant carbon emissions in cities, with buildings in some larger cities responsible for up to 80 per cent. A new partnership has been developed between the World Green Building Council (WGBC) and the World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) in a bid to double the rate of energy efficiency buildings by […]

The World Green Building Council has launched a strategy aimed at delivering net zero buildings by 2050. Advancing Net Zero seeks to help reduce CO2 emissions from the buildings sector by 84 gigatonnes by 2050, a target made at COP21 in Paris, last December. The Advancing Net Zero programme will initially be delivered through certification […]

A new report titled Shaping the Future of Construction, reviews various ways industry could improve the way things are built, it considers lean management, circular economics and cross-industry collaboration. Remco Teulings, via weforum champions the case for circular-economics it can have a radical impact on the built environment, as well as people’s health and well-being. […]