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!


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.


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.


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?


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.


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!


Is BREEAM Outstanding worth it?

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?