#31 Active Buildings Webinar Review

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on 22nd April 2020, we held our first Active Buildings in Practice Webinar (as discussed in blog post #29). For me, this was an opportunity to test out a different way of collecting data for my research – carrying out a focus group session online, instead ofContinue reading “#31 Active Buildings Webinar Review”

#30 Home of 2030 Young Person’s Design Challenge Update

A bit of good news I heard this week was that one of the groups of first year architecture students at UWTSD that I worked with on entries for the Home of 2030 Young Person’s Design Challenge have been shortlisted for the next stage of the project!  This is an incredible achievement for the groupContinue reading “#30 Home of 2030 Young Person’s Design Challenge Update”

#29 Taking Action for Earth Day through Active Buildings

Amidst the current Covid-19 crisis, Earth Day marks its 50th Anniversary on 22nd April 2020, with “climate change” as its main theme; and all events arranged to mark the occasion will now be carried out digitally, due to the global pandemic.  What better way for SPECIFIC to help mark this important day than to holdContinue reading “#29 Taking Action for Earth Day through Active Buildings”

#28 A time to reflect

I have been using some of my time during this period of staying home to reflect on my doctoral project so far, to recap on my journey from the start in April 2017, to where I am today; how my project has evolved during that time; the different avenues I have explored; and the variedContinue reading “#28 A time to reflect”

#27 Adaptable Research

For the last few weeks, as the current global crisis worsens, my work has felt massively insignificant – I am not a key worker and I don’t have the skills to turn my hand to making hand sanitiser, or to developing new ways of making protective visors, as some of my super-clever and resourceful colleaguesContinue reading “#27 Adaptable Research”

#26 My Design Guide Conundrum

Over the last few weeks, as part of the final stage of my project, “Implementing Change”, I’ve been carrying out workshops with architects and architectural technologists to gain feedback on my Active Buildings Design Guide as it develops.  My intention with the design guide, as it stands, is that it acts as a knowledge repositoryContinue reading “#26 My Design Guide Conundrum”

#25 Defining Active Buildings

Last week I was asked on two occasions, “What differentiates an Active Building from another “green” building?” – once during one of my Active Buildings in Practice workshops and once by a reviewer of a paper submission.  This made me think that perhaps I need to clarify this. In 2019, during the establishment of theContinue reading “#25 Defining Active Buildings”

#24 Changing Culture to Transform Construction

A Professional Doctorate is specifically structured to support a change within professional practice and/or within an organisation.  My doctoral research project is focused mainly on proposing a change to practice – to enable the design and delivery of Active Building projects across the UK, supporting the Transforming Construction mission to halve the energy consumption andContinue reading “#24 Changing Culture to Transform Construction”

#23 Active Buildings – Value v Cost

One of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry in decarbonising the building stock is the issue of cost and the unwillingness to accept that low cost does not equal best value. Someone said to me the other day that “construction is too cheap” – we ask more and more of our buildings in termsContinue reading “#23 Active Buildings – Value v Cost”

#22 Adaptable Buildings

While most of the work I am currently involved with and am writing design guidance for relates to the new-build market, many of the buildings I have been involved with during my career as an Architect in practice involved conversion of historic buildings. These buildings were originally designed for a purpose that is no longerContinue reading “#22 Adaptable Buildings”