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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To be considerate you need to innovate

Kris Karslake   27 May 2014 In the built environment, contractors have been increasingly challenged by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) to be more innovative to ‘improve the image of construction’. Bright ideas make sure our activities on site have a positive impact on the local community, enhance the environment and improve the health and wellbeing of our workforce.
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How Malvern garden grows people

Eleanor Evans   14 May 2014 Last week I used my company volunteering time to go down to the beautiful Malvern Three Counties Showground to help create gardens for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2014. Along with other BAM volunteers, I spent the day lending a hand to 19 local schools and colleges, who were digging, planting, painting, sawing, drilling and shifting tonnes of earth, all to create spectacular show gardens that the students had designed themselves!
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Is BREEAM Outstanding worth it?

Dr Hardip Mann   22 Apr 2014 Achieving the highest levels of green building standards such as BREEAM Outstanding, or LEED Platinum requires investment from clients and contractors. On average, the cost is 10-12% higher than  just meeting local building codes…But is it worth it?
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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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Embodied Carbon Week

Jesse Putzel   07 Apr 2014 This week sees the launch of the first ever campaign to raise awareness of and tackle the embodied carbon in our built environment. Embodied carbon is the carbon dioxide (CO2) or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the extraction, manufacture, transportation, assembly, replacement and deconstruction of building materials and products.
 
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How do we design out waste in the circular economy?

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.
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Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink

Julia Messenger   21 Mar 2014 Of all the water on the earth only 3% is fresh water and this is distributed unevenly over the world – often places with the highest water demand for manufacturing have the least water available. I attended a very interesting seminar regarding the future resilience of water at Ecobuild. With the recent UK floods you may be forgiven for thinking that water scarcity isn’t really a big issue. But this is a global challenge and consumer decisions we make in the UK have a big impact on water use in other countries.
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