Whole life costing and life-cycle assessment for sustainable building design

The integration of Whole Life Costing (WLC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) presents a powerful route to improving the sustainability of the construction industry. Combining economic and environmental assessment tools to obtain ‘best value’ solutions in both financial and environmental terms has the potential to make a significant contribution to achieving sustainable building design. WLC … Continue reading “Whole life costing and life-cycle assessment for sustainable building design”

Join us and ten other Women’s Networks and #BEInspired

Women constitute just 14% of construction industry professionals. [1] Furthermore, the Construction Industry Training Board estimates that the UK will need to recruit more than 230,000 new employees over the next five years to deliver the number of construction projects in the pipeline. With women making up 50% of the working population of the UK, … Continue reading “Join us and ten other Women’s Networks and #BEInspired”

A cloak of algae

We all talk about green buildings, but what if they were actually green? And what if you could tuck into the products of that very building? Or use it as fuel? A living skin ecoLogicStudio, a London architectural and design firm created a 430-square-foot gazebo called the Urban Algae Folly at Expo 2015. The Folly … Continue reading “A cloak of algae”

3 reasons why positive health & safety observations help your business

When it comes to observations, most people’s reflex is to capture issues that need to be fixed, negative things noticed somewhere onsite – for instance combustible materials blocking escape routes. Obviously, reporting that kind of incident/observation is really helpful to analyse trends, to spot areas of specific issue and take preventive measures. However, positive observations … Continue reading “3 reasons why positive health & safety observations help your business”

Delivering built asset operational excellence – Insight and tips from construction clients and supply chains

Report from the Constructing Excellence Asset Management group summarises an approach to delivering more value during the operational phase of buildings.  It is based on lessons learnt, insights and tips shared by major construction clients and CE members with the CE Asset Management Group since 2012. The report examines how clients and their supply chains … Continue reading “Delivering built asset operational excellence – Insight and tips from construction clients and supply chains”

BREEAM NOR 2016 goes live!

With the new BREEAM NOR 2016, our National Scheme Operator in Norway have launched a tool that will drive the Norwegian building and real estate industry into the future.