The latest sustainable construction news including design and management of buildings; materials performance; construction technology and processes; energy and resource efficiency in building, operation and maintenance.


Under the spotlight: Top construction trends

Technology is having a profound impact on the construction industry as it embraces innovative and disruptive technologies that were once thought to be science-fiction. Here we take a look at the trends shaping the industry and how companies are staying on top by adopting the latest cutting-edge techniques

Laing O’Rourke completes first phase of Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

Construction firm Laing O’Rourke has successfully handed over the first phase of the new £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at The University of Manchester

New masterplan for Sheerwater in Surrey submitted to council for planning consent

Thamesway Development Ltd have put forward plans to transform a post-war housing estate in Woking Surrey.
Modern Slavery

Slavery, sourcing & community are top 3 Supply Chain issues

Modern Slavery, Responsible Sourcing and Community Engagement have emerged as the issues on which greatest improvement is being made through leadership, learning and support across the construction industry in 2018

Enhanced features announced for BRE’s SmartSite performance tool

SmartSite is a suite of tools, developed by BRE that enables construction sites to measure, collate, report and continuously improve their business level performance to make their sites safer, healthier, more sustainable and ultimately improve productivity
construction material

Chemically altered soil could build sustainable homes

Scientists have revealed that adding chemicals to soil could create a strong and environmentally-friendly construction material to build homes in developing countries
supply chain social Value

Prologis collaborates with supply chain to deliver social value

Prologis UK has formally demonstrated its commitment to social value by requiring all of its suppliers to sign-up to a Supply Chain Social Value Charter (SCSVC)

Graphene-based concrete to ‘revolutionise’ construction

Scientists at the University of Exeter have said that a greener, stronger and more durable concrete made using “wonder-material” graphene could revolutionise the construction industry
social mobility

Construction’s contribution to social mobility recognised in Queen’s Awards

Now in its fifty-third year, the Queen’s Awards have a long history of celebrating the UK’s most successful business and business people – among contractors receiving awards this year are; Willmott Dixon, Esh Holding’s and  Glasgow’s City Building

BRE and Measurabl announce integration of BREEAM

BRE have today (20 April) announced the launch of its integration of BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings, with Measurabl, the most widely adopted sustainability software for real estate
3D printed house

New 3D printed house paves the way for sustainable construction

Arup and CLS Architects have unveiled a new 3D printed house in central Milan as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival
Garden city

Garden city set for expansion

The UK’s first garden city in a century is expected to expand by nearly £1bn worth of new homes. Major housebuilders are nurturing Ebbsfleet’s roots with some of the biggest land buys since the project’s inception

Five of the UK’s most impressive eco-buildings

Whilst the industry is yet to see such a seismic move towards eco-friendly design within the UK, the construction industry is showing positive signs
off-site manufacture

Inquiry launched into off-site manufacture for construction

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into off-site manufacture for construction

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