A new book 'Sustainable Concrete Architecture' by David Bennett was launched at The Building Centre on 29 September. It provides designers with a tool to help calculate the total embodied CO2 in their building designs. Highly illustrated and detailed in scope, 'Sustainable Concrete Architecture' combines comprehensive technical analyses of concrete materials with useful case studies demonstrating the value of the material in low-energy, green building.
The evening of 29 September also saw a fascinating presentation by ornithologist Peter Holden whose knowledge underpins the development of new urban concrete nesting boxes by 51% Studios (pictured).
51% Studios discovered that the standard hollow block used to build some of London’s most celebrated architecture is made from concrete with 55% recycled woodpulp, a material that when used in nestboxes is proven to fledge more young than any other. A website, www.urbanbirds.com will launch in November to allow nesting activity to be tracked.