Design for deconstruction – helping the construction unlock the benefits of the circular economy

The emerging principles of the circular economy are driving greater resource efficiency. Construction and the built environment is the single biggest user of materials and generator of waste in the UK economy. Effectively dealing with buildings at the end of their life has the potential to unlock significant economic value. However the value that can … Continue reading “Design for deconstruction – helping the construction unlock the benefits of the circular economy”

Hit 2 GAP: Highly Innovative building control Tools Tackling the energy performance gap

The actual energy consumption of buildings in Europe often significantly exceeds the expected energy requirements. This gap in energy performance can arise from construction errors or from differences between the way a building was intended to be used and how it is actually used. An energy management platform could help to reduce this energy gap … Continue reading “Hit 2 GAP: Highly Innovative building control Tools Tackling the energy performance gap”


QUANTUM, a new research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is aiming to close the estimated average 25% gap between designed and actual energy performance and 1.5% for comfort performance in European buildings. Research indicates that poorly commissioned and operated building management systems are often responsible for this gap, generally … Continue reading “Quantum”

BAMB (Building as Material Banks)

The circular economy aims to change the linear process in which materials are made, used and then disposed. Rather than throwing away, when a material comes to the end of its service it can be reused or regenerated into new products. The material is viewed as a resource rather than waste. BRE is a key … Continue reading “BAMB (Building as Material Banks)”

The Solid Life Project

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. The Solid Life project supports the European market development of Solidia Technologies … Continue reading “The Solid Life Project”

South ZEB IEE Project

The core objective of the project is to define cost-benefit optimised “packages of measures” based on efficient and quality-guaranteed technologies for the refurbishment of the public building stock towards nZEB that are standardised and adopted by builders and building owners. From this stems three basic objectives: – State-of-the-art assessment of the public building stock through … Continue reading “South ZEB IEE Project”


The ECO-Binder project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and OPC based concrete products with new ones based on the new Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders. ECO-Binder addresses the vast market for envelope retrofitting and new construction with a new generation of prefabricated building envelope components which will provide … Continue reading “Eco-Binder”

Cloud for Co-ordination

The C4C project aims to address some of the core challenges arising for the construction industry from the increasingly widespread adoption of computerised Building Information Modelling (BIM) The C4C project addresses the issue of BIM “Ownership” by adopting the approach that each party involved creates and stores (and is responsible for) their own BIM information … Continue reading “Cloud for Co-ordination”

CAMBER – Concrete Additive Manufacturing for the Built Environment using Robotics

Concrete is widely used in construction due to its ability to provide structural capacity and function cost effectively and at scale. However, its role in construction does not lend itself to creativity in design. High-end clients typically demand state-of-the-art designs, presenting a challenge in a sector where every building is essentially different to the last. … Continue reading “CAMBER – Concrete Additive Manufacturing for the Built Environment using Robotics”