built environment News

  • Sustainable management in built environment needs more support

    Senior management could do more to promote the sustainable design and use of facilities in their organisations. A recent study found that a lack of understanding, focus and commitment by company executives was a significant barrier to the successfully implementing sustainable facilities management. Facilities management is a fast-growing discipline responsible for a diverse range of activities ...

  • Natural Environment White Paper must integrate policy on natural and built environment says EPUK

    Today's white paper reassessing policy on how we manage our natural environment is welcomed by Environmental Protection UK (EPUK), who want to see integrated thinking in policy on the natural and built environment. Given that one of Defra's departmental priorities is to "help to enhance the environment and biodiversity to improve quality of life", and increasing Government emphasis on the role ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • AIHA Releases Important Position Statement on Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment

    A few weeks ago, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) released a position statement on mold and dampness in the built environment. The AIHA represents approximately 10,000 members worldwide who practice industrial hygiene services.   This highly anticipated document provides important information regarding mold, indoor air quality (IAQ), and moisture in buildings. The AIHA ...

  • Cadmus Adds Nathan Smith as Vice President in its Built Environment Division

    The Cadmus Group, Inc. today announced the addition of Nathan Smithas a vice president in the Built Environment Division. He is based in Cadmus’ Arlington, Va., office. Smith comes to Cadmus after more than 11 years with Project Performance Corporation (PPC), where he most recently served as vice president for the Energy, Environment, and Climate Solutions (EECS) Division. ...


    By The Cadmus Group, Inc.

  • European Future Energy Forum to include focus on energy efficiency in the built environment

    With the EU commission looking to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency heavily by 2020, green building and future sustainable urban environments are high on the agenda. Innovation is essential to find further solutions in developing more energy efficient and sustainable urban design and the European Future Energy Forum being held 9-11 June in Bilbao, Spain promises to be ...


    By Turret Media FZ LLC

  • Testing Environment

    During the summer of 2012 I was one of the lucky, if undeserving, torch bearers for the London Olympics. The fact that a UN bureaucrat was given such an honour owes much to the growing importance of the environment in sport worldwide. Since 1994, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has been working ever closer with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to raise the 'green' bar of the summer ...

  • Cost effective carbon savings possible from built environment says UNEP-backed report

    The huge potential of the building and construction sector for combating climate change remains virtually untapped, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found. As of October 2008, only ten out of an estimated 4,000 projects in the pipeline of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) - the main international carbon market scheme under the Kyoto Protocol - seek to ...

  • AIHA Position Statement on Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment Encourages Use of Qualified Professionals Such as the CIH

    On March 26th, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) released a position statement on mold and dampness in the built environment. The twelve page document has garnered significant attention with professionals involved in the mold and building science communities. The position statement discusses how moisture in a building can result in structural damage, microbial growth and ...

  • Formaldehyde in the hospital environment

    Formaldehyde is found in the hospital environment at higher concentrations than those to which the general population is exposed. It's possible adverse health effects are therefore very important to those working in certain parts of hospitals and to patients whose health status may be compromised. The compound is an irritant and can cause sensitisation ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Environment: It`s the Ecology, Stupid

    Europe's largest environment conference – Green Week – will wade into the economic debate this year. Under the banner “Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs” the 3000 participants will discuss how Europe must move from its current linear economic model towards a more circular one. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "Europe's ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Synthetic biology: built-in barriers could prevent interactions with natural biology

    A recent analysis highlights advances in the field of synthetic biology and efforts to develop approaches that will prevent non-natural organisms from interfering with natural organisms and ecosystems. It suggests that synthetic organisms could be developed with inbuilt ‘firewalls’ that prevent genetic interactions with other organisms. Synthetic biology is a rapidly emerging ...

  • New nuclear laboratories to be built at Pacific Northwest, costing US$106m

    A joint venture between Lydig Construction Inc. of Spokane, Washington, and George A. Grant Inc. of Richland, Washington, has been selected to complete a nearly 200,000-square-foot research facility on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus in Richland. The contract between PNNL contractor Battelle and the joint venture, signed April 25, is valued at $106 ...

  • Climate change, the Indoor Environment and Health

    A report from the US Institute of Medicine warns that the effort to counter climate change has spurred a shift to untested new materials and building retrofits that could limit and alter the air flow inside buildings. The report says this may concentrate indoor pollutants.  'America is in the midst of a large experiment in which weatherization efforts, retrofits, and other initiatives ...


    By PPM Technology

  • US breakthrough for Cambi: The world largest Cambi THP to be built in Washington DC

    Cambi has signed the contract to build the largest Cambi Thermal Hydrolysis Process plant to date at the District of Columbia Sewer & Water Authority’s (DC Water) Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington DC. The Cambi process will produce biogas and high quality Class A biosolids fertilizer product, all to be built over a minimum area, saving on both investment and ...


    By Cambi Group AS

  • China: environment protection sector profile - Guangdong

    The Pearl River Delta and its surrounding provinces in South China are growing economically at a rate faster than any other region in the world. Guangdong Province is South China's economic powerhouse with more than 60,000 foreign enterprises doing business in the region since 1979. Guangdong is nationally number one in GDP, urban population income, retail sales, exports and imports. Without a ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Indian political parties gloss over environment

    As India faces certain water scarcity and ecological decline, the country's main political parties campaigning for elections have all but ignored environmental issues seen as crucial to India's vast rural majority, policy analysts say. Environmentalists say the omission is alarming given the problems India faces. The World Bank estimates that environmental degradation costs India 5.7 percent of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Preparation Environment Council, 28 October 2014

    The first formal Environment Council under the Italian Presidency will be held in Luxembourg on 28 October. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard will represent the European Commission. The Council will deal with environment points in the morning before moving on to climate issues over lunch and afterwards. The first environment point ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • GE Announces Predix Cloud - The World’s First Cloud Service Built for Industrial Data and Analytics

    As a digital industrial company focused on answering the unique needs and scale of customers across aviation, energy, healthcare and transportation, GE has announced plans to enter the cloud services market with Predix Cloud. The world’s first and only cloud solution designed specifically for industrial data and analytics, this platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will capture and analyze the ...


    By General Electric

  • Endecom applies to build UK`s first purpose built low level waste site

    Endecom UK, a subsidiary of waste management firm Sita UK, has applied for planning permission to build the UK’s first purpose-built low level waste disposal facility to be built in West Cumbria. The proposed Keekle Head site will be used to primarily dispose of construction and demolition waste such as rubble, contaminated soil, concrete and overalls, gloves and boots, mainly resulting from the ...

  • Environment Agency grants waste recovery park a permit

    The Environment Agency has granted an environmental permit to AmeyCespa Limited to operate a waste recovery and gasification facility at Milton Keynes. The Agency is satisfied that the proposed facility will not harm the health of local people or the environment. Some minor changes have been made as a result of comments during the draft permit consultation, which closed on 30 October 2013. These ...

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