4 Innovations Making Construction More Sustainable

Looking beyond Covid-19 and Brexit with the aim to improve productivity and profitability, the construction and built environment sector will need to be forward-thinking and open to new ideas which make a positive societal impact.

A stronger and more resilient construction industry will to look at new materials, new construction methods, technologies and new business models to reduce costs and improve sustainability. Innovation will sit front and centre and here are just a few of the examples of innovative solutions being adopted across the sector which hit the headlines recently. Watch this space for I-Construct supported company innovation projects coming soon.

  1. Work is underway to reduce carbon emissions arising from the production of cement by Hanson UK (Hanson demonstrates hydrogen-powered cement production, theconstructionindex.co.uk) while British Land has saved 240 tonnes of carbon on its Canada Water site in southeast London by using cement-free concrete (Alternative concrete mix saves carbon at Canada Water, theconstructionindex.co.uk
  2. To beat the new regulations that will ban gas boilers in new build homes from 2025, Redrow is about to start a trial using infrared heating on one if its sites in Spring 2021 (Redrow to trial infrared heating to beat gas boilers ban, building.co.uk) and Vital Energi is working with Southwark Council to retrofit water source heat pumps in existing heat networks across three estates in southeast London (Southwark Heat Pumps (In Progress), vitalenergi.co.uk)
  3. To address the shortage of affordable housing, a Newcastle architect has developed a system for converting parking garages into bungalows (Garage conversion system patented, theconstructionindex.co.uk)
  4. Daedalus Environmental, with backing from Innovate UK, has created an alternative finance and delivery model for housing using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), digital platforms, active energy technology and data-monitoring systems to deliver new zero carbon homes. (Futureproof, tc-catalogue.strongerstories.org)

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