Net zero construction Ellis Fox Blog

Is regulation the only path to net-zero for the built environment?

Despite increasing extreme weather events, and rising costs of materials, the push to achieve net zero in the built environment is proceeding at snail’s pace. While there are a handful of success stories, in general, investors still seem hesitant to lay out the capital to […]

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Circular construction materials Ellis Fox Blog

Circular economy progress in UK construction

A recent news article proudly announced that the use of recycled aggregates is at their highest levels to date. It’s an achievement for sure and something to be proud of, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. According to the report 73.5 million tonnes of […]

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Green spaces Ellis Fox Blog

Why Construction needs to focus on creating Green Spaces in urban areas

In terms of climate change, construction and specifically infrastructure, are facing a number of challenges. Aging infrastructure is proving to be less resilient to extreme weather events. Repairs and upgrades are costly, as are the disruptions to communities while these are undertaken. There are many […]

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Biodiversity Ellis Fox Blog

How will the UK’s BNG requirement impact construction and infrastructure?

To its credit, the UK has taken a global leadership role in defining policy when it comes to environmental matters. As with any country, the challenge is implementation and how to overcome obstacles that crop up along the way. One of the latest policies, due […]

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Earth overshoot day Ellis Fox Blog

Earth Overshoot Day – What can construction be doing differently?

The last time that human consumption of natural resources equalled the capacity of what the planet could provide was around 1969. Since then, it’s been a steady decline. The average size of vertebrate population species has declined by 68% while the human population has grown […]

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Regeneration Ellis Fox Blog

Should construction be aiming beyond net-zero?

The term net-zero has become synonymous with reducing carbon emissions, waste and the overall carbon footprint of companies and building sites. Several main contractors have made public commitments to achieving this in their operations and this is commendable. By definition net-zero strives to balance the […]

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Infrastructure UK Ellis Fox Blog

Transport infrastructure of the future – why efficiency is key

At a conference in London this week, the head of the National Infrastructure Commission, James Health, shared his view of the role of infrastructure. It goes without saying that good infrastructure is necessary for a healthy economy. But the definition of what this looks like […]

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Modern methods of construction Ellis Fox Blog

Is MMC the key to greater efficiency in construction?

Modern methods of construction are certainly making their mark in the industry, especially in infrastructure. On major projects many main contractors are using offsite construction to speed up construction and it makes sense. Instead of weeks of setting up formwork, prefabricated structures can be brought […]

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Construction materials Ellis Fox blog

A glimpse into the future of materials management in construction

Many main contractors are committed to creating net-zero sites, reducing construction waste and improving management of materials. But it’s not a straight forward task, there are hundreds of elements that need to connect to make this happen. Materials still need to comply with standards and […]

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Earth day commentary Ellis Fox Blog

What does Earth Day mean for construction?

A recent article in Construction Management by David Stockdale, highlighted some concerning statistics. 25% of UK adults still claim that climate change is a myth and effectively the rest say that it leaves them feeling anxious, powerless and negatively affected by it. He then goes […]

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