CIRIA network blog

Bringing industry leaders and experts together, the CIRIA network offers an engaging platform for cross sector collaboration and discussion, and aims to strengthen links between research, innovation and practice.

The CIRIA network blog keeps you up to date with the latest news, events and opinion from CIRIA and the wider construction industry.
15 years of CIRIA SuDS training
08/03/2021
Steve Wilson, Technical Director The Environmental Protection Group Ltd and CIRIA trainer discusses the evolution of SuDS good practice
 
How the digital revolution can support Net Zero Carbon
16/02/2021
Stephen Boyle, Strategic Programme Manager of the Built Environment at Zero Waste Scotland explores the digital investments the construction sector needs to make to achieve Scotland’s ambitious Net Zero Carbon targets.
 
Community of Practice – Managing construction risk (MCR) round up
15/12/2020
CIRIA had a soft launch for a new Community of Practice (CoP) focused on managing risk in construction.
 
Grouted anchors and soil nails: all you need to know
16/11/2020
John O’Donovan, GDG Principal Engineer and co-author of CIRIA guide C794 outlines the importance of grouted anchors and soil nails to our infrastructure.
 
Importance of good screen design
16/11/2020
Dr Amanda Kitchen, Consultant Principal Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald and co-author of the C786 guidance outlines the importance of screen design
 
Investing in blue-green infrastructure – the time is now
20/10/2020
Peter Massini, Lead – Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority discusses why a greener urban environment is essential for growing cities.
 
Integration of green, blue and electricity
16/10/2020
Howard Gray, Urban tree enthusiast GreenBlue Urban discusses how can we make our open spaces more multifunctional?
 
Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure: Moving From Persuasion to Acceptance
21/09/2020
Allister Scott, Professor of Environmental Geography, Northumbria University and Chair, Building with Nature Standards Board discusses blue green infrastructure implementation.
 
Latest changes to BS 6164 diesel emissions monitoring
14/09/2020
Wayne Hose, Pinssar Global Business Development Manager outlines the latest changes to BS 6164 diesel emissions monitoring in tunneling and the benefits of diesel particulate monitoring technology in the construction sector.
 
Is it ok to design screens for manual cleaning
04/09/2020
Dr Amanda Kitchen, Consultant Principal Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald and co-author of the CIRIA C786 Manual discusses if it's ok to design screens for manual cleaning?
 
Working with wildlife at every stage of your development
01/09/2020
Dr Rachel Saunders, Principal Ecologist, The Ecology Consultancy discusses the newly revised Working with Wildlife training from CIRIA
 
Screens – do we still need them?
25/08/2020
Jeremy Benn, Director, JBA Consulting and co-author of Culvert, Screen and Outfall Manual (C786) discusses the role of Screens
 
What is a city
24/08/2020
Malcolm Smith, Arup Fellow and global leader of masterplanning and urban design discusses cities and their complex and contradictory nature.
 
View from Peter Head - Adaptation without Mitigation is Immoral
24/08/2020
Peter Head CBE FREng FRSA, CEO Ecological Sequestration Trust blogs on the subject of CIRIA's annual debate - Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral.
 
Urban trees delivering sustainable water management
24/08/2020
Kate Halahan, Trees for Cities blogs on urban trees delivering sustainable water management and the BIG Awards 2015.
 
Providing gains for biodiversity - one year on
24/08/2020
Matt Tompsett, Environmental Solutions Manager at Kier Highways blogs on winning the BIG Challenge 2015 and providing gains for biodiversity.
 
Is the future of Cities green?
24/08/2020
Professor Steffen Lehmann on CIRIA’s forthcoming debate focused on the growing pressures on our cities, public spaces and infrastructural systems.
 
How to minimise risk through Responsible Sourcing
24/08/2020
Ian Nicholson, Managing Director at Responsible Solutions discusses how to minimise risk through Responsible Sourcing ahead of CIRIA's Minimising Risk through Responsible Sourcing - A Handbook for the Construction Industry launch event next week.
 
Faster, leaner, greener construction through offsite manufacturing skills
24/08/2020
Rob Francis, Director of Industrialised Solutions at Skanska UK discusses offsite manufacturing skills and the opportunity for the industry to become faster, leaner and greener.
 
Delivering for communities through a BIG partnership
24/08/2020
Helen Spring, Project Coordinator of the Lost Effra Project, London Wildlife Trust discusses winning the BIG Challenge and delivering for communities.
 
Considering climate change in the built environment
24/08/2020
Climate change dominated the press in 2015, culminating in The Paris Climate Agreement in December. Making sense of the wide range of global, national and local policies and initiatives can be daunting. The need to minimise emissions from the constr
 
Asset deterioration and degradation modelling of earthworks
24/08/2020
Iain McKenzie, Principal Geotechnical Engineer from the Welsh Government, provides his own perspective on the challenges, needs, and opportunities associated with asset deegradation modelling of earthworks.
 
Air pollution's influence on sustainable cities
24/08/2020
Professor Paul Linden, University of Cambridge, on CIRIA’s forthcoming debate focused on the influence of air pollution on sustainable cities.
 
New online learning for dealing with Non-licensed work for Asbestos in soil
04/08/2020
Joanne Kwan, CIRIA project manager provides an overview of the new online learning course.
 
The value of monitoring in our lives
27/07/2020
Peter Sparkes, AECOM Associate director and co-author of CIRIA guide C788 outlines the value of monitoring in our lives.