Green Construction

An audience of contractors, clients, academics and sustainability professionals were told how setting brave targets and involving the entire supply chain is necessary to deliver the innovative processes, tools and behavioral changes needed to substantially reduce embedded and operational carbon in infrastructure projects.

A London architecture firm is investigating how they can use sustainable timber to build homes while reducing carbon emissions. In the United Kingdom, buildings produce 45 percent of the country's carbon emissions, but according to Andrew Waugh, a founding partner of architecture firm Waugh Thistleton, there is little focus on the role that construction materials play in making up that number, KITV 4 reported.

Liebherr-Transportation Systems recently received an order from DB Regio for the delivery of a total of 120 sensor sets, which will subsequently be installed in the passenger compartment air conditioning systems of a total of 60 double-deck cars in the '94 and 2003 series from Deutsche Bahn.

A $119 million Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project will culminate with an 8.8-mi. electric-powered bus line with 20 stations on Central Avenue, formerly a portion of Route 66 that runs through New Mexico's largest city. The project is under way and the new rapid transit system is expected to open in fall of this year.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) unveiled its latest concept machine – known as the EX2 – to industry specialists, policymakers, the media and academics at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit on Tuesday May 16th. The 100% electric compact excavator prototype delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership compared to its conventional counterparts.

The construction industry is in flux. Look back at how things were built 30 or 40 years ago and compare the methods, technologies, and workforce utilization of that era with today. Big difference. But it can be argued there has not been enough flux, not enough change, that there is more similarity than dissimilarity then and now, and that the industry is falling behind other industries in reinventing itself.

The project team responsible for the renovation of Old Main, the University of Arizona's centerpiece and historic building, was recognized with a leadership award by the U.S. Green Building Council Arizona. Already certified LEED silver, Old Main received the 2017 USGBC Arizona Leader Award for Building Performance during the Arizona chapter's Heavy Medals Luncheon, held April 19 in Tempe, with UA and Sundt Construction Inc.

A Scotland-based company called MacRebur has come up with a way to create roads that are made of recycled plastic, and are stronger and longer-lasting than normal asphalt-based roads. The roads are made with a material that MacRebur calls MR6. The MR6 gets mixed with other road-making materials to hold the street together, replacing the need for the oil-based substance known as bitumen.

The board of directors of Elia has approved the investment for an “electricity plug” or “modular offshore grid” (MOG) in the North Sea. The choice for a modular offshore grid is of strategic importance for the future of Belgium in terms of its participation in the further development of renewable energy in the North Sea.

In the heart of this small town, on a patch of grass near historic homes and antique shops, is an old shipping container. It's like ones used in the Port of Houston, hardly a sight to behold. At least not yet. Within weeks, scores of volunteers will modify the container with things like insulation, air conditioning, electrical outlets, kitchen appliances and a shower and toilet.

The University of New Mexico's legendary basketball arena, a mid-century fixture that was modernized as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation a few years ago, is being recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council. Built in 1966, The Pit is one of college basketball's most famous — and loudest — buildings.