Health and Happiness: a better business case for sustainable construction

Charlotte Cassedanne   16 Mar 2015 Another year, another interesting three days at Ecobuild, the annual sustainable design, construction and energy exhibition at Excel. With an upcoming national election and an EU referendum round the corner, the future of sustainability in the UK was hotly debated: retrofitting (or not) houses, green infrastructure, and how buildings can improve health and wellbeing were all prominent themes.
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The fourth pillar of sustainability: pleasure?

Kris Karslake   24 Feb 2015 The three pillars of sustainability are widely known as People, Planet and Profit. A type of systems theory, the idea is the three pillars have to all be strong for a sustainable world to become a reality. But maybe Pleasure is the fourth pillar that could make the other pillars more stable?
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Plastic bags and pallets - reuse and repatriation

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?
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How to have a resource efficient Christmas

Hanna Hayward   17 Dec 2014 Tis the season to be merry, and often, wasteful. Without sounding like a Grinch, there are so many easy ways we could all have a more resource efficient festive season, on sites and at home.  
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PPE for all, including cyclists

Hanna Hayward   18 Nov 2014 As a cyclist, I am keen to promote Road Safety Week. I believe much more can be done to make roads safer for everyone, although common sense, and compulsory PPE would be a good start for many!  
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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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