Can construction truly go green?

Strategic Risk Europe | September 11, 2019

After a sustained push to improve the energy efficiency of homes and offices, the focus has now shifted to the construction companies that build them – and they are not performing well. By one estimate, the construction sector is responsible for 11% of global energy-related emissions. Staggeringly, the use of concrete now accounts for a whopping 7% of all carbon dioxide emissions. Industry plays a huge role in currently producing greenhouse gas emissions, says Terri Wills, chief executive of the World Green Building Council, which wants buildings to be more energy efficient. She says the construction sector has the potential to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and help to achieve the aims of the Paris Agreement, which targets a temperature rise of well below 2 °C this century.

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This white paper lays out some foundational information about different approaches to safety: how various industries differ in their approaches to safety engineering, and a comparison of three general approaches to safety (system safety, industrial safety engineering, and reliability engineering).An attempt is made to lay out the properties of industries and systems that make one approach more appropriate than another.

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This white paper lays out some foundational information about different approaches to safety: how various industries differ in their approaches to safety engineering, and a comparison of three general approaches to safety (system safety, industrial safety engineering, and reliability engineering).An attempt is made to lay out the properties of industries and systems that make one approach more appropriate than another.

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