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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.
CIRIA's sustainability champions leading by example
Dirk Vennix, CEO, CIRIA shares his thoughts on the value of Sustainability Champions working within the construction and built environment sector.
Water damage
Water is the new fire. Escape of water incidents have increased in frequency and severity in the past few years, with large losses now as frequent, if not more so, than fire-related incidents, according to the Construction Insurance Risk Engineers Gr
The influence of cleaning method on screen design
Dr Amanda Kitchen Technical Director, JBA Consulting, co-author of the CIRIA C786 Manual and CIRIA trainer considers the influence of cleaning method on screen design.
Non-destructive testing of civil structures
Chris Atkins, Technical Principal, Mott MacDonald and co-author of C798 provides an overview of new guide.
Working with wildlife in the construction industry
Sarah Ive, Principal Ecologist, Temple Group and CIRIA trainer discusses the importance of dealing with wildlife issues on construction sites.
Keeping in PRIME condition: monitoring infrastructure using geophysics
Jim Whiteley, Arnaud Watlet and Jon Chambers, Shallow Hazards and Earth Observation, British Geological Survey consider monitoring infrastructure using geophysics.
SuDS evaluation
Louise Walker, CIRIA SuDS lead, discusses how CIRIA's new training can support the delivery of high-quality Suds that deliver multiple benefits.
Why the construction and development industry today demands real value from its archaeology
The authors of C799 guide consider the role of archaeology as part of construction today.
Decontaminating brownfield assets: developing for the future
Patrick Flood, Technical Director discusses the ever increasing need for use of previously used land for development.
CoP – Risk management of contracts works water damage summary
Dirk Vennix, CEO, CIRIA provides a summary of the community of practice event focusing on water damage during contract work.
Cleaning up the construction industry: a supplier’s perspective
Chris Harrop OBE, Group Sustainability Director for Marshalls plc, discusses his sustainability journey and some of the obstacles Marshalls faces as the construction industry scrambles to clean up its act.
Heathrow Biodiversity Legacy Award winner Princes Lakes
James Webster, Director of Ecology (EHM Ltd) provides an update on the 2019 award winning project.
Climate change and remediation – changes afoot?
Joanne Kwan (CIRIA), Claire Dickinson (Geo-Environmental Matters) & Paul Nathanail (GHD) highlight key results of the climate and contaminated land survey and the challenges to contaminated land caused by climate change impact.
Why Doing One Thing for Biodiversity Adds Up
Claire Hector – Arc Biodiversity & Climate, Isle of Wight discusses success at the BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards.
The new age of construction: technology as an enabler
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director, Transforming Construction at UKRI provides an overview and key outcomes from CIRIA’s recent conference held on 10 March 2021.
CoP – The challenges of professional indemnity insurance summary
Dirk Vennix, CEO, CIRIA provides a summary of the community of practice event focusing on the challenges of PII.
Copy of CoP – The challenges of professional indemnity insurance summary
Dirk Vennix, CEO, CIRIA provides a summary of the community of practice event focusing on the challenges of PII.
New opportunities in China's land remediation market for UK professionals
Joanne Kwan, Project Manager, CIRIA highlights the opportunities for contaminated land specialists to operate in the Chinese land remediation market.
15 years of CIRIA SuDS training
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
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
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
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
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
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
Howard Gray, Urban tree enthusiast GreenBlue Urban discusses how can we make our open spaces more multifunctional?