Keeping wood local: the new Grown in Britain licencing scheme

Charlie Law   13 Oct 2014 We are probably all aware of the FSC tick logo, which has been around for over 20 years now, and many will also be aware of PEFC. Although these timber ‘chain of custody’ schemes will confirm that your timber or timber product is from a legal and sustainable source, they do not always tell you where it came from. However there is now a Grown in Britain licencing scheme that can confirm your timber is grown in Britain in a similar way to the Red Tractor scheme for food.
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Sell me systems, not just a material

Charlie Law   06 Oct 2014 Timber is a natural material, and we know that different species behave in different ways, depending on the environment they are used in. However, the timber supply chain does not always point out these variances, and what needs to be done to control them, meaning that we sometimes end up using the wrong material for the job in hand, or the right material in the wrong way!
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The circular economy: a new resource model for the built environment

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.
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Raise your voice, not the sea level

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?
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How to tackle the embodied carbon in waste

Charlie Law   11 Apr 2014 We all know that if you turn on a light or start up an excavator on site, you are going to generate carbon emissions, but have you ever considered the carbon impact of throwing away that half sheet of plasterboard, or the plastic packaging from that pack of insulation?
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Better cement for concrete results

Anthony Heaton   09 Apr 2014 As an indispensable part of the built environment, concrete is used twice as much as the total of all other construction materials in the world. Recently, concrete has come out from behind plasterboard and beneath ground to become a high quality technical material of choice. It can be stronger, cheaper, more durable option with low maintenance costs. Designers have embraced its flexibility to allow more uninterrupted floor space and for its excellent light reflective and thermal properties, and local production.
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Circular economy and performance gap - hottest topics at Ecobuild 2014

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.
 
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