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4 practical tips to bring sustainability into your building design

The shift towards sustainable design Every business across the globe is adopting the ‘green ideology’, which is pretty evident in the form of revised regulations, optimum utilisation of resources, implementation of eco-friendly practices, increasing use of green products, environmental initiatives and sustainable designs. An increasing inclination towards energy savings, waste reduction, and space efficiency has […]

What can we do to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

Former President’s Apprentice Alex Crump looks at what we as engineers can do to help ensure the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved. Goal 6 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals requires us to ensure the “availability and sustainable management” of water resources. In December 2015 I used the Infrastructure Blog to express personal excitement […]

UK University creates solar generating glass bricks

Researchers from England’s University of Exeter have created a new technology they say “could revolutionise the construction industry”. Academics from the Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science department have developed a solar power technology that fits into glass blocks. Facades using the product, called Solar Squared, will be able to generate electricity while allowing greater amounts […]

4 megatrends transforming the construction industry

After being rocked by the recession, while harnessing social media and smartphones, everyday Americans are giving up the static suburbs to refocus on progressive yet practical city living. At the same time, cities continue to be the traditional nucleus of emerging economies such as Africa and India. Following both green policies and greener profits, commercial […]

Bridges and roads as important to your health as what’s in your medicine cabinet

Two seemingly unrelated national policy debates are afoot, and we can’t adequately address one unless we address the other. Health care reform has been the hottest topic. What to do about America’s aging infrastructure has been less animated but may be more pressing. Yet even as cracks in America’s health system and infrastructure expand, political […]