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Sustainable Concrete Solutions by Costas Georgopoulos

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altThe challenges facing humanity in the 21st century include climate change, population growth, overconsumption of resources, overproduction of waste and increasing energy demands. For construction practitioners, responding to these challenges means creating a built environment that provides accommodation and infrastructure with better whole-life performance using lower volumes of primary materials, less non-renewable energy, wasting less and causing fewer disturbances to the natural environment. Concrete is ubiquitous in the built environment. It is therefore essential that it is used in the most sustainable way so practitioners must become aware of the range of sustainable concrete solutions available for construction. While sustainable development has been embedded into engineering curricula, it can be difficult for students and academics to be fully aware of the innovations in sustainable construction that are developed by the industry. 

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Solar Advanced Systems announce “RIOS” to the Solar PV market

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altThe scheme is currently catering for companies with high energy demands throughout various industry sectors along with a growing interest in the Agricultural sector.

With the support of RIOS, companies can develop their vacant roof space into solar power hubs, consuming all energy generated from the system and reducing their reliance on the national grid. Inclusive of this package, the company will partner with SAS to ensure maximum efficiency and output throughout the lifetime of the system.

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The long awaited Domestic RHI is now launched

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altThe Long awaited Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was launched on the 9th April 2014.

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Can nature help restore harmony in our cities?

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altOur cities are facing an uncertain future. Underground roads and automated transport, permeable pavements and water roofs, vertical farming and even glowing trees – from large-scale interventions to smaller scale enrichments, cities in the future will need to look vastly different to cities now.

Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure – shows how the creation of a linked ‘city ecosystem’ that encompasses parks and open spaces; urban trees, streets, squares; woodland and waterways can help create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. To realise this vision, green infrastructure has to now take a more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.

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Treeconomics and i-Tree now nationwide

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Treeconomics and their use of the i-Tree eco system, along with other relevant software packages, have already completed a number of prestigious reports, with many others in preparation or with research underway. The social enterprise company’s activities are now nationwide with projects covering many of the major conurbations, where their focus on urban tree management is very appropriate.

Both the London Victoria and Torbay project reports are now available in printed form for those that would like to receive a copy. Indeed, the project in the Victoria BID (Business Improvement District) is also supported by a dedicated best practice guide, which is also available on request.

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Optimal Care For Hard Working Electrodes

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Determinations of pH, conductivity, ion concentration, redox potential and dissolved oxygen are common analyses in most laboratories. However the measurement accuracy is dependent on the quality and operation of the solutions used for sensor calibration and maintenance.

To help METTLER TOLEDO has designed a range of buffers and solutions to ensure your electrodes work to the best of their ability. A variety of maintenance and calibration solutions offer a greater lifespan and guarantee accurate measurement results. Find out more, including information on all-in-one kits, by visiting www.mt.com/buffersandmore.

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ABPmer to Scope HRA for South Marine Plans

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altABPmer has been contracted by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to undertake the scoping phase for the South Inshore and Offshore Marine Plans Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).

Under the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC any plan or project that may have an impact on European Natura 2000 Sites requires an Appropriate Assessment. In marine planning, the HRA runs parallel to the plan-making process and ensures that it conforms to The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. It also forms an essential counterpart to the Sustainability Appraisal which is itself a legal requirement.

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Balfour Beatty plays key role in 2012 Legacy

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altHaving played an important part in delivering the games facilities for the London 2012 Olympics, Balfour Beatty is ensuring a lasting legacy by playing a key role in connecting and engaging with the local community in East London through a number of sustainable initiatives as part of the company’s redevelopment of the iconic Aquatics Centre.

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Bluesky to map energy wastage from homes across Britain’s cities

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Leicestershire, UK, 14 January 2014 - Aerial mapping company Bluesky has been awarded contracts to map heat loss across towns and cities covering around 10 per cent of the population. Using specialist thermal sensors mounted on survey aircraft Bluesky accurately records heat loss from homes and businesses. Working with Local Authorities, property owners and energy companies the colour-coded thermal maps are matched against addresses to give accurate and up to date information to tackle fuel poverty, carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency. Bluesky thermal maps have also been used to identify illegal dwellings – known as beds in sheds, and even uncover cannabis factories.

“At a time when energy usage and fuel poverty are once again top of the political agenda and front page news, it is essential that those who are charged with protecting the most vulnerable in society are armed with the information they need,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky International. “Thermal survey data clearly shows households that differ from adjacent properties. Most often these are shown as ‘hot spots’ and can be explained by poor insulation however unduly ‘cold’ properties are also of concern as these households may be experiencing fuel poverty where they simply cannot afford to switch on the heating. Combining the thermal data with demographic and other datasets can highlight properties where this may be the case.”

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