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TECH TALK – SUSTAINABILITY OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

By Justin Furness – CAB Technical Director

The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK Parliament has launched an inquiry into the sustainability of the built environment. The inquiry concerns the best routes for net zero for our future building needs. The ‘Call for evidence’ pointed out that while the operating energy efficiency of a building is taken into account, the embodied carbon of construction is not currently regulated. CAB, along with other ‘metals’ associations (British Constructional Steel Association, Galvanisers Association, Steel Construction Institute and UK Steel) highlighted in their joint submission that metals are part of the solution, with credible decarbonisation roadmaps and that due to their durability, reusability and recyclability, metals already fit into a circular model for materials and can be used to lower the carbon metrics of construction when viewed holistically. Read more on the CAB website.

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