- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
I am student of chemical engineering with passionate interest in energy sustainability and environmental conservation.
How Can We Make Buildings Better?
One major system that helps curb the amount of Carbon (iv) oxide (CO2) in the environment is the trees and plants around us through the process of photosynthesis. Therefore this same mechanism can be simulated to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings. How?
Paper waste abounds quantitatively around us and to my upmost surprise, this same waste can be used to solve a major problem of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from building. Instead of allowing waste paper to decay in landfills and also emits GHG such as methane and CO2, it can be shredded, mixed with different chemicals and recycled to make cellulose. This rich-carbon cellulose can be used as cellulose insulation for buildings to effectively trap carbon dioxide from escaping into the environment.
In addition, wood will play a significant role in mitigating climate change, by trapping carbon from escaping as long as it remains in the building. Therefore wood and wood-based products should be employed in the building industry.
Featured articles and news
Driven piles are used to support buildings, walls and bridges, and can be the most cost-effective deep foundation solution.
Australian landmark celebrates achievement of carbon neutral status five years ahead of schedule.
Non-material amendments can sometimes be necessary after planning permission has been granted. Find out more here.
Six things civil engineers could do to ensure the success of projects.
Dublin housing crisis restricts employers' ability to recruit, according to new U+I research.
Intricate inlays and beautiful patterns can be created with waterjet cutting.
Two historic quarries in environmentally sensitive areas were reopened to repair Exeter Cathedral.
The phrase ‘time at large’ describes the situation where there is no date for completion, or it has become invalid.
The Maldives is under threat from climate change. Read this report from BRE on their potential involvement in the region.
MHCLG update states there are still 124 private high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding and no remediation plan.