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December 2, 2021updated 08 Feb 2022 4:43am

Magazine: Building materials for a low-carbon future

In this issue: From concrete to brick and timber, we take a look at new technologies that are helping to make traditional building materials more sustainable.

By Susanne Hauner

The latest issue of Design & Build Review is out now. Read it for free online on all devices.

In our efforts do decarbonise the built environment, we need to address every aspect of planning, design and construction. From the tools used to predict the environmental impact of new buildings, to the whole life cycle of the materials used in their construction, there is potential to reduce emissions at every single stage of the design and build process.

In this issue, we take a look at some examples of this. On the planning side, we hear about how building design tools must evolve to better predict operational energy requirements and embodied carbon throughout the life cycle of a building project.

In building materials, we speak to the developers of a new concrete floor system that uses 70% less material than traditional reinforced concrete to find out how concrete construction can be made fit for a net-zero future. We also take a look at a new type of brick made from 90% construction waste and explore the potential for building a circular economy for bricks in the UK.

Timber has yet to prove its viability as a material for large-scale construction. We find out how the new Built by Nature fund hopes to scale up its use by offering grants pioneering projects that address barriers to timber construction.

We also take a look at building projects that achieve high sustainability ratings though the use of glass, hear about opinions on ESG in the construction industry and much more.

Read the latest issue here for these stories and much more insight, comment and analysis.

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