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The latest issue of Design & Build Review is now available. Read it for free online on all devices.

In our efforts to decarbonize the built environment, we must address all aspects of planning, design and construction. From the tools used to predict the environmental impact of new buildings to the full life cycle of the materials used in their construction, there is the potential to reduce emissions at every stage of the design and construction process.

In this issue, we take a look at a few examples. On the planning side, we hear about how building design tools must evolve to better forecast operational energy needs and incorporated carbon throughout the life cycle of a construction project.

In the field of building materials, we talk to developers about a new concrete floor system which uses 70% less materials than traditional reinforced concrete to find out how concrete construction can be adapted for a net zero future. We are also looking at a new type of brick made up of 90% construction waste and explore the potential of building a circular economy for bricks in the UK.

Wood has yet to prove its viability as a material for large-scale construction. We find out how the new Built by Nature fund hopes to expand its use by providing grants to pioneering projects that remove barriers to timber construction.

We also review construction projects that achieve high sustainability ratings due to the glass use, hear talking ESG opinion in the construction industry and much more.

Read the latest issue here for these stories and much more insight, commentary and analysis.