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.
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?
 
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.
 
The future of cities matter
24/08/2020
Ruth Hynes, Project Manager at CIRIA, provides a summary of CIRIA's recent annual debate on the future of sustainable cities.
 
Technology for an urban future
24/08/2020
Peter Madden OBE, CEO FutureCities Catapult blogs on the subject of CIRIA's annual debate - Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral.
 
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.
 
Fit out environmental good practice on site
24/08/2020
The construction industry is under increasing pressure to ensure its activities have reduced impact on the environment. This is as true for the fit-out sector as it is for other sectors. However, fit-out projects also face unique challenges; frequent
 
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.
 
Driving the Vision - a CIRIA synopsis
24/08/2020
An overview and synopsis of key learning points from CIRIA's exclusive member event - 2025: Driving the Vision, by Owen Jenkins, Director, CIRIA.
 
'Do one thing' for biodiversity for a healthier and more sustainable future
24/08/2020
Jon Murcott, Breakthrough Community Enterprise/ Nationwide Forestry Solutions, and winner of the Maintenance and Management Award and Overall winner of the 2016 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards urges you to 'do one thing' for biodiversity...
 
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
 
Connecting people and wildlife - have a go
24/08/2020
Ian Boyd, Arc Consulting, winners of the BIG Challenge Small Scale Permanent Award 2015 blogs on connecting people and wildlife.
 
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.
 
Asbestos in soils: What does 2017 have in store?
24/08/2020
Dr Richard Ogden (LQM) and Dr Paul Nathanail (LQM) discuss the latest initiatives and guidance relating to asbestos in soil and provide insight into what's in store for 2017.
 
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.
 
Creating a legacy for habitat at Monks Brook
17/06/2020
Linda Wilkinson, Environmental Adviser, Interserve discusses creating a legacy for habitat at Monks Brook and winning the Large Scale Permanent Award at the 2015 BIG Awards...