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Embodied carbon regulations overlooked in UK Government's net zero plans
The UK Government has faced criticism for not including regulations on embodied carbon in its recent consultations
London Gatwick Airport enhances safety and biodiversity management with new geospatial platform
London Gatwick Airport has recently implemented a new geospatial platform utilising Esri's GIS technology.
Questions remain over Government’s plan for improving soil health
The EFRA Committee published the Government's Response on Soil Health, praising some commitments like establishing shared understanding of sustainable soil management.
The evolution of ciriabest: From spreadsheet to spatial tool
Last year, ciriabest was converted to an online, spatial tool rendering the older versions obsolete.
Odour nuisance in brownfield redevelopment: A call for action
Odour nuisance issues associated with construction sites (brownfield) and waste management facilities have been subject to significant media attention over recent years.
Introducing new member Sapphire Utility Solutions
We are delighted to introduce our newest member Sapphire Utility Solution.
Green-tech helps Bradford Council create a network of rain gardens to reduce flooding
It’s great to read how Bradford Council's sustainable landscaping project at the 'Top of Town' has been making waves.
CIRIA partnering with Innovation Zero
CIRIA is partnering with Innovation Zero, the UK's largest sustainability congress
Floating Wind Innovation Centre opens in Aberdeen
The FLOWIC (Floating Wind Innovation Centre), led by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, is a new state-of-the-art facility with a budget of £9 million.
RECONMATIC Open Day – Shaping the future of zero waste construction
Join us at the Horizon Europe Project RECONMATIC Open Day for the latest on automated solutions in sustainable construction.
Increasing infrastructure resilience: A CIRIA lecture
Join us at our annual lecture to discover how the construction industry is working collaboratively to create low carbon, connected and resilient infrastructure.
Greening coastal infrastructure through eco-engineering – UN Ocean Decade endorsement
Upcoming guidance Greening coastal infrastructure through eco-engineering has now been officially endorsed by Ocean Decade.
BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards 2024 open for entries
The BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards 2024 have been officially launched!
susdrain's SuDS Awards 2024 are open for entries
We are pleased to announce that the susdrain SuDS Awards 2024 have officially launched!
Introduction of an administration fee for free CIRIA downloads
From 1 February 2024, non-members of CIRIA will pay an administration fee of £25 per title for free publication downloads
In memoriam – Sir Martin Laing
It is with great sadness that we heard about the recent passing of industry veteran, Sir Martin Laing.
Mapping tree equity: urban disparities in the UK's air quality
New interactive map exposes stark tree cover disparities and higher air pollution in deprived areas of UK cities.
Introducing new member Department for Transport
We are delighted to introduce our newest member Department for Transport (DfT).
Soil microplastics: New study unveils impact and distribution
Microplastics, a significant environmental concern, are prevalent in various sources, with road traffic being a major contributor. A new technique combines neutron and X-ray tomography, providing simultaneous 3D imaging without altering the sample.
UK heritage faces its greatest threat
A new report by the National Trust warns that flooding, wildfires, and extreme weather pose a serious threat to nearly three-quarters of its managed sites, including historic homes, land, and coastline.
Academics urge boost in MMC support
During a House of Lords built environment committee hearing, scholars from the University of Manchester emphasised the government's need to actively support advanced modern methods of construction (MMC).
Introducing the 2023 #BIGAwards winners
We are pleased to announce that this year’s BIG Biodiversity Challenge Award winners.
Preparing for Schedule 3 in England
Significant changes are underway in the English new build market, with forthcoming legislation requiring the inclusion of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in most new developments exceeding 100m2, effective from 2024.
​UN report urges sustainable construction practices
The construction sector, responsible for 37% of global CO2 emissions, must rapidly reduce its carbon footprint to meet net-zero goals by 2050.
Alternative binder systems for lower carbon concrete
In a collaborative effort, the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have unveiled Version 1 of the BSI Flex 350 Standard.
The future of carbon capture
Imperial College in Kensington, London, houses the world's only carbon capture facility. The emerging carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry aims to extract and store carbon dioxide underground to combat climate change.
New guidance for Using SuDS to reduce nitrogen in surface water runoff
This free guidance outlines the design criteria for a good SuDS scheme that can maximise the opportunity to capture and remove nitrogen.
Management of PFAS virtual conference
Join us to learn about the risk assessment and management of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in soil and water.
Flood and Water Management Expo
Come and meet the CIRIA and susdrain team at this Future Water Association organised event
CIRIA's Soil Community of Practice kicks off year two with exciting updates
Discover the Soil CoP's transformative insights and engaging activities, empowering construction professionals for sustainable soil management
CIRIA Benefits Estimation Tool ciriabest launched
Uncover the power of benefits estimation in blue-green infrastructure projects with our new ciriabest tool, streamlining assessment and driving sustainable development.
Good Soil Management virtual conference
Discover sustainable soil management in construction at our virtual conference. Explore compliance with waste regulations, leveraging soil for environmental goals, and gain insights from CIRIA's Soil Community of Practice. Join us to shape the future
Guidance for Repurposing and Reconfiguring buildings
Repurposing and reconfiguring of existing buildings has emerged as a powerful tool to reduce embodied carbon and promote sustainability. Building reuse not only preserves valuable resources but also offers immediate opportunities for transformation.
CIRIA annual lecture 2023 recap: What is the path to sustainable infrastructure?
Discover the key messages from sector leaders.
InSAR and Earth Observation Techniques for Infrastructure - New guidance
CIRIA is pleased to announce the launch of InSAR and Earth Observation Techniques for Infrastructure (C805)
CIRIA announces Geotechnical baseline reports guidance
CIRIA is pleased to announce the launch of its latest publication, Geotechnical baseline reports: a guide to good practice (C807).
CIRIA welcomes Defra review of the implementation of Schedule 3 of Flood and Water Management Act
CIRIA is delighted that the recommendation to implement Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) has been accepted by Government.
Evaluating industry guidance on water damage risk management
Report on recent MCR COP webinar on 19th July 2022
Finalists revealed for 2022 #BIGAwards
Meet the 2022 BIGAwards finalists.
B£ST launch update
CIRIA’s new online tool for demonstrating the value of blue-green infrastructure is coming soon
GIS for infrastructure asset management guidance coming soon
This guide sets out key aspects of using GIS, with supporting case studies for infrastructure asset management.
Will you be our 2022 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards winner?
With five weeks remaining before the 2022 #BIGAwards close for entry will you be our winner? Enter now!
2022 BIG Biodiversity Challenge is now open
Get ready to Do One Thing for Biodiversity. The 2022 #BIGAwards are open for entry.
Community of Practice – Managing Construction Risk
CIRIA's new Community of Practice for Managing Construction Risk (MCR) set to host a number of webinars in 2022.
Buildoffsite Modern Methods of Construction conference
CIRIA together with Buildoffsite will host the 2nd annual virtual conference dedicated to the offsite sector and the opportunities for Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) on 23rd March 2022.
CIRIA welcomes new Executive Board member
CIRIA welcomes Caroline Sheridan as non-executive Director to CIRIA Executive Board.
New guidance for non-destructive testing of civil structures
This new This guide aims to increase the awareness of NDT in civil engineering, allowing for industry to better realise its full potential by supporting a better-informed, and ultimately more successful, application of NDT techniques within the secto
New guidance: Hazardous ground gas - site management guide (C801)
This new CIRIA guide provides a non-technical introduction to ground gas.
New Community of Practice for construction soil management
Introducing the new Community of Practice for construction soil management
SuDS Evaluation training available now
New training for SuDS Evaluation
EPUK's annual conference, exploring better national outcomes in the face of climate crises.
Dealing with land contaminants in brownfield sites
Book your place on the 'Dealding with persistent and emerging land contaminants' virtual conference set to take place on 24 November 2021.
CIRIA announces new guidance for archaeology and construction
This guide provides a comprehensive update on managing an integrated archaeology and construction process to deliver significant commercial and public value.
The role of blue-green infrastructure in climate change adaptation
The 'Adapting to change using blue-green infrastructure' virtual conference will take place on 6 October bringing together experts to address the urgent need to use blue-green infrastructure to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards winners 2021
Thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2021 #BIGAwards
BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards 2021
The wait is almost over as we are all set to announce the winners of the 2021 #BIGAwards on 15 September.
Celebrating SuDS excellence - 2021 SuDS Champion Award winners revealed
Introducing the new SuDS Champion and SuDS Rising star of the 2021 SuDS Champion Awards
We are recruiting
CIRIA is seeking an Events Co-ordinator and a Member Services Co-ordinator.
CIRIA announces new Executive Board Chairman
CIRIA welcomes Dr David Hancock as the new Chair of its Executive Board, as Professor John Connaughton hands over the reins.
New supplementary guide to scour at bridges SP171
Newly published guidance: Manual on scour at bridges and other hydraulic structures - supplement (SP171)
Annual Debate - Construction's race to net zero: fact or fiction?
Join CIRIA's Annual Debate to hear leading experts discuss how construction is rising to the challenge of net zero carbon.
Construction Industry Council publishes professional indemnity insurance survey results
The construction industry council publishes the results of their industry-wide professional indemnity insurance survey.
Celebrating SuDS - susdrain 2021 SuDS Champion Awards
CIRIA is delighted to announce the susdrain 2021 SuDS Champion Awards is now open for entries.
2021 BIG Biodiversity Challenge is now open
Are you ready to Do One Thing for Biodiversity?
Construction research in a COVID-19 world - workshop
This jointly organised UKCRIC and CIRIA workshop will be hosted on 9 February 2021.
New guidance: Code of practice for property flood resilience (C790)
This newly developed guidance for the code of practice (CoP) includes measures that reduce the impact of flooding on people and property, reducing flood damage and speeding up recovery and reoccupation of previously flooded properties.
New guidance: Retrofitting ground gas protection measures (C795)
This hotly anticipated CIRIA guide dispels the myth of demolition being the only option for mitigating ground gas ingress into existing UK properties.
New guidance: Grouted anchors and soil nails (C794)
This must have CIRIA guide addresses intrusive inspections beneath the anchor head, typically the critical section in respect of corrosion, outlines specialist techniques such as destructive de-stress and describes options for remediation and repair,
The role of blue-green infrastructure in green recovery
The 'Delivering and monitoring blue-green infrastructure' conference will take place on 15 October bringing together experts to share knowledge and experiences working with blue-green infrastructure.
Will the fight for sustainability be won or lost in cities?
We're proud to announce this year’s virtual Annual Debate will bring together leading experts from the engineering and built environment sector to discuss how cities are driving the sustainability agenda.
Contractor opportunity: A site guide for managing ground gasses
We are seeking expressions of interest from industry for the development of a site guide for managing ground gasses.
Contractor opportunity: Sustainable management of surplus soils and aggregates
We are seeking expressions of interest from industry to produce technical work on the sustainable management of waste soils and aggregates.
Green Construction Board seeks industry views
The Green Construction Board is inviting you to share views and comments on the opportunities and challenges for the adoption of low carbon concrete technologies throughout the construction industry.
New guidance: Management of advanced numerical modelling in geotechnical engineering (C791)
The new CIRIA guide has been written for those who commission and manage numerical modelling, not specifically those who undertake it. It provides a framework for those who oversee the process, provide the information needed for this task and use the
Celebrating SuDS - 2020 SuDS Award winners revealed
Introducing the new SuDS Champion and winning projects of the 2020 SuDS Awards
Register your business for the Construction Talent Retention Scheme
Formally launching later this month, the Construction Talent Retention Scheme is a partnership between industry and Government to secure essential talent in the UK’s construction sector.
New Non-licensed work for Asbestos in soil online learning course
This new course provides generic information, instruction and training for those carrying out non licensed work (NLW) with asbestos in soil, construction and demolition debris as required by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
New guidance: Structural Health Monitoring in civil engineering (C788)
This new CIRIA guide shows how Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) can become an integral part of civil infrastructure asset management and describes the role of different stakeholders in making the necessary SHM design and management processes effect
Celebrating SuDS - Vote for the 2020 SuDS Champion
The voting for the 2020 SUDS Champion is now underway.
Provide feedback on the NSTS for SuDS
Defra has commissioned research to explore whether updating the English Non-Statutory Technical Standards for SuDS (NSTS) could help deliver SuDS that provide multiple benefits
Out now: Groynes in coastal engineering guidance
New CIRIA guidance: Groynes in coastal engineering C793 out now.
Guidance on delivery of Blue roofs - Survey
Help CIRIA identify the challenges, opportunities and critical features involved in blue roof delivery in the RP1099 guidance survey
New CIRIA guidance: Pipework, valves and associated equipment in dams (C789)
Newly published guidance: Pipework, valves and associated equipment in dams.
Out now: Methodology for quantifying the benefits of offsite construction
This new CIRIA guide proposes a framework for comparing construction approaches, making it possible to keep consistent records across projects and identify all the possible benefits available.
CIRIA signs industry pledge to tackle climate change
CIRIA signs industry pledge to tackle climate change
Help inform the future - susdrain's annual survey
Help inform the future of susdrain by sharing your thoughts in the annual susdrain survey.
Constructing and inspecting SuDS training available now
Newly training for constructing and inspecting SuDS is available now.
Newly revised culverts training available now
Newly revised Culvert, screen and outfall CPD training available.
CIRIA Executive Board welcomes Environment Agency's John Curtin
John Curtin of Environment Agency, joins CIRIA's Board of Directors
20 years of delivering environmental good practice on site
CIRIA delivering 20 years of environmental good practice
Celebrating SuDS - 2020 susdrain SuDS Awards
CIRIA is delighted to announce the 2020 susdrain SuDS Awards is now open for entries.
Detecting movement in linear civil infrastructure using satellite imaging techniques
Earth observation and InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) techniques from orbiting satellites are increasingly being applied for mapping deformation and movement of the ground and overlying linear infrastructure assets such as highways,
CIRIA welcomes Pinssar to Membership
Pinssar joins CIRIA membership
Culvert screen and outfall manual C786 PR
The culvert, screen and outfall manual replaces two previous guidance documents, CIRIA C689 Culvert design and operation guide and the Environment Agency Trash and security screen guide and reflects the significant changes that have occurred in asset
First UK app Asbestos Site Aid for site workers
A has developed a mobile app, the first of its kind, to help teams to access relevant guidance particularly while on site.
Delivering better water management through the planning system guide
The new CIRIA guide reviews and showcases good planning policies necessary to deliver better environmental, social and economic outcomes, guiding practitioners through the processes that underpin their delivery.
Biodiversity Net Gain feedback required
Industry feedback required on how our Biodiversity Net Gain guidance and case studies are working to shape biodiversity net gain delivery, and how they may potentially be improved.
CIRIA welcomes Ischebeck Titan to Membership
Ischebeck Titan joins CIRIA membership.
2019 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards winners revealed
Presenting the winners of the 2019 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards.
CIRIA welcomes Zero Waste Scotland to Membership
Zero Waste Scotland joins CIRIA membership.