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Food-Water-Energy Nexus Facts & Figures

Note: This article is commissioned by and produced in collaboration with JPI Urban Europe, a European research and innovation hub founded in 2010. JPI Urban Europe funds projects which address the global urban challenges...

Guide to Natural Materials in Construction: More Than Hobbit Houses and Mud Huts

Deep in the depths of the construction world, among the steel, cement and concrete, there are materials hidden, just waiting to be utilised. We’ve put together this guide exhibiting some of the main natural...

Wood: Fact File

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Well, hopefully just enough to help us construct some superbly sustainable and stunning structures made entirely from wood. It’s not exactly...

Straw: Fact File

Are you familiar with the fairy tale of the big bad wolf blowing the little piggies’ straw house down? Well, despite how this story ends, straw is actually surprisingly strong, and we’ve got a...

Cork: Fact File

Although currently not one of the most widely used bio-based materials, cork is still a viable option in construction, with countless benefits making it well worth considering. As more and more bottle stoppers are...

Hemp: Fact File

Hemp has become something of a miracle ingredient over recent years with hemp-based products popping up across the market. And the construction industry has followed suit. With environmental, pollution-mitigating, and health benefits, what’s not...

Mud: Fact File

Half of the world’s population is living in mud constructions. And we can understand why. Take a look at the following facts, primary building methods, and the main uses of earth in construction to...