We know how to build a truly zero carbon house. So why are we not doing it, on a massive scale?
As more companies feature wood and other bio-based products in their offices, what are opportunities and limitations of making corporate net-zero carbon pledges about building materials?
Private developers, building professionals and the government all share responsibility for building collapses.
Current building codes do not include the most efficient way to keep houses standing and intact during tornadoes.
Researchers are developing ways to lock captured CO2 into cement. It could help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure and deal with climate change at the same time.
Treating wood with bleach can make it transparent.
NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.
A building designed to be easily taken apart so the components can be reused is a model for much less wasteful construction. It reduces resource use and environmental impacts, and can be cheaper too.
Plastics are strong, durable, waterproof, lightweight, easy to mould, and recyclable – all key properties for construction materials.
‘Use the reinforced concrete, Luke.’
Old buildings aren’t just waste – the materials can be reused to create the cities of the future.
Developers pay more tax to refurbish than demolish and rebuild – but there’s a very easy fix.
Bamboo has been used since ancient times for building, but only in recent decades has pioneering work in Bali inspired its wider use for substantial and enduring structures.
There’s no uniformity around health and safety management programmes and practices within the construction industry.
Air conditioning requires energy, and contributes to global warming – here are five ways of cooling which won’t cost the planet.
Some houses are like a time capsule of social history that can tell us how living standards, and fashions, have changed over the years.
Lagos has all the appropriate laws but it needs to adopt the right procedures and see them through.
Centralised policies are not meeting the needs of remote Indigenous settlements. Increasing their decision-making input and the role of local industry can overcome the challenges of building remotely.
By the time a building is abandoned and falls into disrepair, its community is already suffering. Michigan scholars suggest it’s time to plan for structures’ end of life before they even go up.
A year on what do we know about how the Grenfell fire spread? And what changes need to happen to make sure there is never a repeat?