How construction can (help to) save the world, part 2


Continuing our series featuring proposals from industry experts on how to tackle the climate crisis with action, here are several that take a materials-focused approach


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Buildings are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – equating in the UK to about 40% of the country’s total carbon footprint. A significant proportion of those emissions are generated by the materials used in construction. 

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In response to our call for industry experts to suggest ways that the sector can tackle the problem of climate change, a number of the proposals centred on how best to manage the materials-related issues.

These include material passports, energy performance stickers for materials, and strengthening sustainability certification – as well as a call to stop using virgin materials altogether, and a plea not to ignore traditional materials that can sometimes be greener than more modern options.

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