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Protecting the planet and ensuring it remains habitable for future generations is the essence of the net zero carbon debate. With this in mind, the net zero carbon school seems an obvious place to start. Striving for anything less than a net zero carbon school building programme is illogical if we’re talking about protecting future…

Sometimes it’s the questions that nobody wants to ask that hold up progress. In the case of net zero carbon construction in the UK, the question is about the role of structural timber. Full carbon accounting for a new building has to take the whole lifecycle into consideration. A building can be carbon neutral in…

Anybody who thought that zero carbon and ultra low energy buildings were issues for the future has just had a rude awakening. Supply issues in the natural gas industry are complex and no doubt there are a few scare stories in circulation. But, insolvency of energy companies and massive price hikes that could make it…

Why do we talk about manufactured construction rather than ‘modular’? For one thing, modular is not an exact definition of anything. It covers a range of technologies with different principles, applications and outcomes. It also often comes with assumptions about unimaginative boxes, design compromises and lack of flexibility. None of this is helpful for a…

How System-Builds Promote Efficient, Data-Driven Procurement If the future of construction is data-driven, what will this mean for procurement? As with the broader construction agenda, ‘data-driven’ should mean greater efficiency and more focus on project outcomes such as building performance and sustainability. It also means less time spent on the mechanics of the process. The…

How The Climate Crisis Is Driving Local Authority Decision Making Extreme weather events around the world confirm that not only is the climate urgency very real, it also demands immediate action. Some of the measures needed to slow and eventually reverse climate change will need massive investment – others will be more a matter of…

In our everyday lives and in business we’ve come to accept that better performance means a higher price. Want your new car to be faster, your washing machine to last longer or your new laptop to do more? That will cost you extra. In the world of construction procurement, expectations are ever-increasing. Clients want buildings…

Net zero carbon isn’t the future of construction. It’s the here and now. Whether the project is in healthcare, education, commercial or residential, it’s inconceivable that the capacity to achieve net zero carbon performance won’t be a significant factor in procurement. The question for many contractors is where they fit into this picture. What we…