Research & Development


Floating houses for rising seas
A recent advance in the technology used to build floating houses could make this a more attractive option for low lying areas seeking to adapt to the effects of climate change. In low lying areas, floating or amphibian homes could provide an important means of defence against rising sea levels...
Making building materials greener
Life-cycle assessment reveals potential for eco-innovation and substitution of traditional materials by natural, local equivalents to cut the environmental footprint of buildings. The impact of a building on its environment has just as much to do with the materials used to construct it as with...
Building ports from recycled materials
A Scandinavian consortium is mixing contaminated sediment with special binders to produce a construction material for ports as a sustainable alternative to dumping at sea or landfill. Stricter regulations have reduced use of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals in industrial activities, but...