Turning risks into carbon opportunities

Jesse Putzel   15 Jan 2014 For the second year running BAM has been ranked in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in the Benelux region, topping our sector (industrials) and second only to Philips. We improved our disclosure score from 93 to 96 points and retained our performance ranking of B. Although there is still some work to do as we aim to reduce our direct emissions further year on year, this is great progress.
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“Not too hot, not too cold. Just right”

Luca Cotta Ramusino   18 Nov 2013 Around 38% of all UK emissions are related to heat of some kind and a large proportion to heating in buildings. In schools, heating often accounts for the largest proportion of energy use and emissions. So, how do you assess and improve the heating performance of a building?    
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Designing, making and re-making

Jesse Putzel   30 Oct 2013 “Designing, making and re-making for a circular economy” was the theme of a recent event I attended at the Design Museum. One clear theme emerged: we need to ‘start with the end in mind’ and make sure designs are better informed by those who have to deal with products over their life. This means working together with designers, material experts, manufacturers and resource managers.
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Why should we support Home Grown Timber?

Charlie Law   14 Oct 2013 Did you know that the UK construction industry used over 5million m3 of softwood in 2012, but less than a fifth of this came from UK sources!? This helped make the UK the 4th largest importer of timber and wood based products in the world, behind the USA, China and Japan, resulting in a trade deficit of around £4.6billion?!
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How can we inspire young women to consider careers in STEM?

  08 Oct 2013 The lack of diversity within construction, and wider Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries, won’t be news to many of you. With a succession of national campaigns, progress has been made, but the stats don’t lie- according to the Construction Index News women still only make up 13% of the construction industry. We’ve got a long way to go.
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What Edison can teach us about sustainable buildings

Jesse Putzel   02 Oct 2013 Acknowledging when things don’t work can help us to create more sustainable buildings. Testing a product before it goes to market and assessing how it works in practice isn’t new. Today, products are tested to ensure they’re safe etc… and then tested in use to check they live up to their claims. This hasn’t been a common approach in the construction industry though.
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