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Potholes fixed by drones and utility pipes fixed by robots are just some of the ideas that have won a £4.2M grant to look at creating self-repairing cities.
Civil engineers at Coventry University are to lead a £132,000 project to explore the use of bamboo as an urban construction material.
Road to Copenhagen
Cutting back on sustainability spending is a tempting way to deal with the recession. In fact, maintaining an environmental focus might just be the best way to survive it. Jo Stimpson looks at consumer attitudes to find out why.
Engineers can solve the challenges of reducing carbon emissions, says Royal Academy of Engineering president Lord Browne, but they will need far-sighted political leadership and better international frameworks to underpin their efforts.
How we cost buildings is set to change if carbon becomes a commercial commodity. Sean Lockie explains that engineers will have to understand how a low carbon economy of the future may change a building’s design now.
The Climate Change Act came into force in the UK last November. It provides a legal framework for reducing emissions to prevent the recession and a wealth of technological challenges getting in the way. The forthcoming Gibson Review will ensure engineers have a role in its success, reports Jo Stimpson
As we head towards Copenhagen’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, NCE has teamed up with the Construction Industry Council for a regular series to help the profession engage with this important milestone.
Sustainability case study
NCE is supporting TckTckTck, a global alliance of civil society organisations, trade unions, faith groups and individuals all calling for an fair, ambitious, and binding climate change agreement.
This site is the hub for mobilizing civil society support for an historic agreement on climate change in Copenhagen in December 2009. It is building the world's biggest mandate for change, to show leaders that people are ready for bold climate action.
Ten years after it was first proposed, the CEEQUAL scheme for assessing and rating the environmental quality of civil engineering projects is becoming mainstream, reports Adrian Greeman.
Arguments may still rage over the extent of mankind’s contribution to climate change, but in 2011 progressive businesses everywhere recognise that sustainability makes good business sense.
Forum For the Future founder director Sara Parkin asks: What will be the Copenhagen outcome?
As civil engineers we have a reponsibility to be at the heart of policy making, says Construction Industry Council chief executive Graham Watts