Construction

HS2: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

What’s Going On Here? HS2, the new high-speed railway being built to connect the North and South of the UK, has hit the news again this week. However, despite construction work ploughing on, changes to working patterns and increased public opposition are raising hopes that the project could be scrapped. What Does This Mean? This week, a new tunnelling machine (the first…

Is the Green Homes Grant being scrapped?

What’s Going On Here? The £1.5bn Green Homes Grant was announced last year as part of the government’s pledge to “build back better” after the coronavirus crisis. However, there have been recent worrying reports that unspent funding will be lost. What Does This Mean? Back in July last year we explained how you (if you’re a homeowner) could get support from the…

Can concrete really be sustainable?

What’s Going On Here? Concrete – which has been called the most destructive material on Earth – is getting a green makeover… What Does This Mean? Concrete companies around the world are working to create a lower emission material that will be less harmful to the planet. Pioneering experiments include injecting carbon dioxide into the concrete to lock it in and keep the greenhouse gas out…

How A Lick Of Paint Will Help You Live Longer

What’s Going On Here? The star of the show at Ecobuild 2018 was Airlite photocatalytic paint which improves air quality both inside and outside buildings. What Does This Mean? To start with: Photocatalytic = Photo (light) + catalytic (speeds up a reaction) So… by activating natural antioxidants in the air, the paint helps to capture and destroy pollutants like nitrogen oxides (using light). Lab tests suggest 100m2 of…