Renewable Matter # 23-24 / September-October

The Construction Industry: Increasingly Green, Increasingly Circular

by Silvia Zamboni

Focus Construction

The construction industry uses up around 1/3 of energy and produces 33% of emissions. Making it sustainable is of paramount importance for mitigation and adaptation strategies, since it represents a powerful driver of the circular economy. This process is fuelled by energy and environmental protocols such as LEED, BREEAM and DGNB. 


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