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This Week in Construction (and Other) News | 20 September 2020

CO2 reductions in concrete, demand for "healthy" buildings, and art-worthy construction all feature in this week's round-up, as:

  • Industry giant CEMEX agrees to a deal aimed at reducing CO2 released by the cement industry.

  • Asia sees rising demand for "healthy" buildings.

  • Hong Kong showcases the crossover between construction and art.

CEMEX to reduce CO2 in Cement

The production of cement accounts for an estimated 8 per cent of the world's carbon emissions. This week, Construction News reported that concrete manufacturing giant CEMEX signed an agreement with Carbon Clean, a UK-based pioneer of carbon-capture technology.

The deal follows recent efforts in the UK's cement industry to decarbonise the energy produced during the manufacturing process. CEMEX's agreement with Carbon Clean is aimed at developing cost-effective, industrial-scale approaches to reducing carbon emissions during the manufacturing process. The Mexico-based manufacturer expects an industrial

"This is a very relevant step in developing the technology required for adoption by the entire cement sector at a worldwide scale" CEMEX.

Demand for "Healthy" Buildings in Asia

Yahoo reported this week that the number of building owners seeking to be certified "healthy" is on the rise across Asia. The Center for Active Design (CfAD), operator of the Fitwel certification which aims to create building health for all, is seeing increasing momentum.

In recognition of the need for resources to provide support on a local level, CfAD has signed a strategic partnership with UL (Underwriter's Laboratories) and is collaborating with 30 other leading companies to establish the Asia Advisory Council. The council aims to promote green, healthy buildings across Asia, supporting building owners in the region who seek to earn Fitwel certification.

Check out the full story, here.

Construction + Art in Hong Kong

Hong Kong this week opened up a showcase to demonstrate the synergy between construction and art at the Construction Industry Council's (CIC) Zero Carbon Park. And not only does the exhibit illustrate the beauty in our industry, but CIC chairman Paul Chong Kin-lit also notes the opportunity for people to see how green homes can be a reality:

"This gives the public a better insight into the philosophies that go into sustainable design and better appreciation for the creativity and vision behind them."

The showcase centres around four main themes:

  1. Art and construction

  2. Fusing oriental and natural charm

  3. Environmental issues

  4. Sustainable living

Don't worry if you can't make it to Hong Kong to check out the installations, as the showcase is offering virtual tours at www.zcpart.org. The exhibit runs until October 20th.

As reported in The Standard.

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