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

The CIRIA blog keeps you up to date with the latest news, events and opinion from CIRIA and the wider construction industry.
Smart Roofs – Soil is critical to the success of new innovative practices
Charlotte Markey, Green Urbanisation Manager, Polypipe Civils and Green Urbanisation explains the role of technology in optimising soil systems for green infrastructure.
CIRIA Annual Lecture: Increasing Infrastructure Resilience
Dr Andy Moores, Research Director at CIRIA, summarises the key outcomes from CIRIA’s recent Annual Lecture.
Achieving best value through design of ground gas protection measures in new buildings
Steve Wilson, Technical Director, EPG Ltd and CIRIA trainer discusses the importance of design of ground gas protection in helping clients and contractors achieve best value.
Can we ever achieve responsible soil management in construction
Joanne Kwan, Senior Research Manager and Sustainable Land Reuse Lead, CIRIA, explores how the construction industry is responding to the challenge of responsible soil management to deliver environmental wider benefits.
Navigating the waters of change
Fareita Udoh, Project Manager, BUILDOFFSITE, looks back on Future Water Associations first "Connecting the future" of 2023
PFAS - Something must be done!
Paul Nathanail, Technical Director, Land Quality Management discusses PFAS and the upcoming PFAS conference.
Developing a community of practice, a cultural soil and substrate charter
Richard Scott, Director National Wildflower Centre at the Eden Project discusses the development of a community of practice.
Meet the authors of CIRIA Culverts guidance
This month, we catch up with Jeremy Benn and Amanda Kitchen, JBA Consulting and authors of C786 guidance + CIRIA trainers to discuss CIRIA's guidance on which Culverts training is based.
Engineering superheroes
Dr Louise Walker, Senior Research Manager discusses blue-green infrastructure assets.
CIRIA annual lecture 2023 recap: What is the path to sustainable infrastructure?
Discover the key messages from sector leaders.
Celebrating 25 years CIRIA Culverts guidance
Jeremy Benn, Director, JBA Consulting and Dr Amanda Kitchen, Technical Director, JBA Consulting - authors of the CIRIA Culvert Screens and Outfalls Manual (C786) discuss the evolution and popularity of CIRIA culvert design guidance.
Being more spongey
Dr Louise Walker, Senior Research Manager considers the implications of the recently published National Infrastructure Commission report Reducing the risk of surface water flooding.
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.