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5 October 2017
By Tercia Jansen van Vuuren

Using BREEAM to assess the sustainable sourcing and use of aggregates

Last week, the draft of the eagerly anticipated BREEAM UK New Construction (NC) 2018 was launched for consultation. Whilst there are many changes that will hopefully continue to improve the way we promote and assess the sustainability of new developments, here at KLH Sustainability, we are most excited about the proposed changes to assessment issue WST 02 in the ‘Waste’ category.   Read more…

28 September 2017
By Tercia Jansen van Vuuren

Navigating beyond sustainability buzzwords

With the ever increasing attention on sustainability in the world of construction, claims for sustainability crop up everywhere. Reading a statement on a manufacturer’s website about how ‘sustainable’ their product is, without any further information describing exactly in what way it is sustainable, can be immensely frustrating and cause one to lose faith in the quest to drive the implementation of sustainability in practice. Whilst it certainly is not the case in all situations, these statements can be intentionally vague or overstated to highlight the environmental benefits of the product or company and may not represent reality. This practice is commonly referred to as “greenwashing”. Fuelled by our own experiences in searching for the truth behind marketing brochures and catch phrases, KLH Sustainability have put together a short guide for how to look beyond the buzzwords. Read more…

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