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CIRIA briefings examine important and topical issues in construction and the built environment, including emerging technologies, regulatory and legislative changes, sustainability and industry standards and good practice. We issue new briefings on a monthly basis and have published over 160 to date. All CIRIA briefings are peer reviewed before being published.

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The Role of Responsible Sourcing in the Sustainable Construction Agenda
Professor Jacqui Glass of Loughborough University discusses the role of responsible sourcing in construction  
SuDS in the community: suitable case for treatment?
David Singleton, DSA Environment + Design Ltd, gives a brief account of the benefits of SuDS and indicates where success has been achieved and why this might be the case  
Resilient infrastructure futures - what does success look like?
David Pocock, Jacobs, and Juliet Mian, Arup, draw on their diverse experience to set out a shared view of the definition of ‘success’ as the construction industry steps up efforts to improve the resilience of new and existing critical infrastructure  
Reclamation and other uses of marine aggregate
Ruth Hynes reports from the 2016 EMSAGG event examining the role of marine aggregate for reclamation works, coastal protection, re nourishment projects, and other uses outside the construction industry  
Planning for resilient ports and airports
Nanco Dolman, Royal HaskoningDHV, assesses critical infrastructure interdependencies and its cascade effects to help ports and airports plan for flood resilience and adapt to climate change.  
Maximising the climate resilience dividend for UK infrastructure
Kiki Pattenden and Ian Allison, Mott MacDonald, together with Jonathan Simm, HR Wallingford, explore how strategic, long-term adaptive investment in infrastructure resilience with today’s capital is important for ongoing business performance and surv  
Interdependence analysis for systemically resilient infrastructure systems
Placing resilience at the heart of systemic infrastructure decision-making processes by Tom Dolan, UCL, and Roger Street, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, based on work carried out for UKCRIC and the ARCC Network.  
Guidance on glazing at height - an introduction for the client (SP161)
An introduction to CIRIA's full report, Guidance on glazing at height (C632).  
Fit-out guidance to support sustainable practices
Karen Lambert, Marketing Director UK & Ireland, Interface, discusses the new CIRIA Environmental fit-out guide (C757) and how it can be used to create stronger cohesion through the supply chain.  
Gatwick Airport: delivering resilient projects
Matthew Kent, Design Assurance Manager, Gatwick Airport, discusses how the airport builds resilience into its Capital Investment Programme