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Sustainability

Deliver ecologically mindful projects that work in harmony with the living environment today and tomorrow too. Tap into specialist insight and analysis on Sustainability from NBS.


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29 October 2015 | by

The increasing popularity of green façades, living and brown walls comes under scrutiny in the first of a three part series.

28 January 2016 | by

An estimated 50 million litres of waste decorative paint is generated in the UK each year. A new industry-led project aims to create a circular economy for such paint, to stop it ending up in landfill.

08 February 2017 | by

Are electric highways the answer to the range problem? Harry Hoster explores the potential for electric vehicle charging without the wires and muses on a dense network of roads that can charge vehicles on the move.

26 October 2016 | by

Renewable sources of energy have surpassed coal in the past year to become the largest source of installed power capacity in the world according to a new International Energy Agency study.

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27 March 2017 | by

ICE’s State of the Nation 2017 report looks at how advances in digital technology and data are transforming how we design, deliver and operate infrastructure.

22 March 2017 | by

Simple measures can easily be included in new buildings, and retrofitted to old, to help reduce householders' water usage often at little or no cost to the developer. We explore key considerations when designing for the efficient use of water.

15 March 2017 | by

Improving air quality, increasing natural light and introducing greenery can have a real and significant impact on your employees and the company's bottom line too.

28 February 2017 | by

4D Hyperlocal - A cultural toolkit for the open-source city is a thought-provoking collection of essays on how the digital construction revolution is reimagining urban design, planning and community engagement as it goes.

23 February 2017 | by

Typical concrete comprises cement, water, gravel and sand. While this mixture makes the substance hard and strong, it does not promote flexibility. Thus concrete is brittle and prone to cracks if too much weight is applied. What if it could be more bendable?

19 February 2017 | by

The volume of natural resources used in buildings and transport infrastructure increased 23-fold between 1900 and 2010. Globally, there are now 800 billion tonnes of natural resource “stock” tied up in these constructions, two-thirds of it in industrialised nations alone.

15 February 2017 | by

Building successful UK sectors in smart cities, cyber and physical security and realising the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of the Digital Built Britain initiative. But what is the IoT and how can construction make the most of the opportunities it affords?

14 February 2017 | by

In Contemporary Vernacular Design Clare Nash articulates a passionate plea for a return to vernacular principles to prevent built environments lacking in identity, diversity and spirit. With 26 case studies this is a book packed with practical example and highly accessible as a result.

09 February 2017 | by

The green agenda has moved on. So, what does it mean to build sustainably today? Regenerative Development and Design: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability attempts to reconnect the wider environmental ecosystem and drive change.

08 February 2017 | by

Are electric highways the answer to the range problem? Harry Hoster explores the potential for electric vehicle charging without the wires and muses on a dense network of roads that can charge vehicles on the move.

07 February 2017 | by

Is the green belt a sustainable idea in a time of housing crisis? Alister Scott, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning at Northumbria University and puts the case for greater strategic cross-boundary planning.

25 January 2017 | by

Landfills have been and continue to be the primary go-to method for disposing construction waste but can more be done to cut the amount of material going to waste?

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