What if...we used round concrete pegs?

Anthony Heaton   10 Nov 2014 As a Sustainability Advisor working for BAM Construction, I am constantly looking at the impacts that our projects have on the wider world around them, and many of the issues I encounter are deeply rooted in the construction industry’s traditional approach. Much like Honda’s advert, I often ask ‘What if?’

 

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No need to fear BREEAM 2014

Julia Messenger   31 Oct 2014 Are you spooked by BREEAM 2014? No need to fear- the BAM BREEAM-busters are here… The BREEAM 2014 new construction scheme can seem quite daunting but plenty of BAM projects are already taking on the challenge and targeting Excellent ratings. Released in summer 2014, the BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 assessment covers the majority of non-domestic new builds.
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What one thing could you do for biodiversity?

Alison Guscott   22 Oct 2014 Set in the beautiful Kew Gardens, The BIG Challenge - ‘Do one thing’ award ceremony last week highlighted the efforts that the construction industry is making to enhance biodiversity on construction sites and it got me thinking about what we could all do for biodiversity.
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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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Further than fundraising

Eleanor Evans   13 Oct 2014 BAM’s charity partnerships aren’t just about fundraising, although we are very proud of how much we’ve raised for our partners over the years. Any good partnership should bring about mutual benefit and support each other’s strategic aims, something that’s well worth bearing in mind as we come up to select our next national charity partner for 2015/16.
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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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An interview with Dame Ellen MacArthur

Dame Ellen MacArthur   14 Aug 2014 The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works through education, business innovation,and thought leadership to accelerate the transition to a regenerative, circular economy. The Circular Economy 100 is a global platform bringing together leading companies, emerging innovators and regions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
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