01 Jun 2015
"Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." This year's World Environment Day theme highlights the need for us to carefully consider our resource use, with over seven billion people on the planet and many nations consuming more than their fair share of resources.
Jess Duffell •
10 Feb 2015
On site, one of the biggest waste management problems is what to do with pallets. Brick deliveries, timber deliveries, in fact most deliveries include the use of a pallet. But that creates the problem of what to do with it once it has served its purpose?
Charlie Law •
18 Sep 2014
As I recently sat on the panel for a talk about the circular economy at RWM 2014, the resource and waste management solutions show, I reminded the audience of the intrinsic link between the waste industry and the construction industry. We shouldn’t be thinking of materials as waste but as resource. And with 260 million tonnes of materials used in construction every year, we need to think carefully about how we are using these resources to get the most value out of their reuse.
03 Jul 2014
Last week saw the second Annual Summit of the Ellen Macarthur foundation Circular Economy 100 initiative. CE100 members and business thought leaders met at The Royal Institution to explore how we can create more value through a circular economy.
Alison Guscott •
05 Jun 2014
This year’s theme for World Environment Day on June 5th ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’ is focused on SIDS. Well the first thing I thought was ‘what on earth are SIDS?’ - I’d never heard of them, and what have they got to do with you or me?
Charlie Law •
26 Mar 2014
Construction waste is often assumed to be the result of the building contractor’s inefficiencies, but much of the waste that is produced is actually as a result of the design. More than 80 million tonnes of waste is estimated to have been produced by the construction industry in 2011, therefore to achieve a circular economy with zero waste it is essential that the building, the individual elements within it and the packaging these components arrive in are well designed.
Charlotte Cassedanne •
11 Mar 2014
Three busy but great days at Ecobuild 2014, the world's leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment – a chance to share knowledge, get to the root of sustainable building issues and generate solutions through debate. Throughout the event, BAM was more present than ever before, with a total of five speaking slots, as well as recognition of two high achievers in sustainability and a sustainability project award.
Charlie Law •
28 Jan 2014
One resolution that should be on every contractor’s list for 2014 is to continue to reduce construction waste.