#52 A Week of Action for Climate Change

This week should have seen the UK host the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26 (now due to be held next year in Glasgow).  Wales marked the week by hosting Wales Climate Week, with a programme of talks focused on some of the most urgent climate issues, such as energy resilience and protecting our natural resources;Continue reading “#52 A Week of Action for Climate Change”

#51 A Spotlight on Heat

According to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the heating of homes accounts for 13% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions – comparable to the emissions of all the diesel and petrol powered cars in the UK (Net Zero – Technical Report). In March 2019, the UK government announced plans to introduce a Future HomesContinue reading “#51 A Spotlight on Heat”

#50 The Active Building Story

For my 50th blog post, I thought I would look back at the story behind my research, which links to plans for a journal paper that I’ve been forming this week. To help frame the reason the Active Building concept was developed and why design guidance to enable the adoption of the concept, supporting aContinue reading “#50 The Active Building Story”

#49 Sharing Knowledge and Lessons Learnt

In many of the seminars and conferences I attend, conversations around the challenges the UK construction industry faces in improving performance of buildings or the need to consider whole life values of buildings, often comes around to discussing the importance of sharing information amongst the industry and learning from each other. There is a vastContinue reading “#49 Sharing Knowledge and Lessons Learnt”

#48 Analysing Focus Group Data

Analysing qualitative data can be tricky as there are no agreed methods, as there are for quantitative data, and there is no right or wrong way of analysing the data – analysis is subjective, based on the researchers own background and perspectives. There are, however, different recognised approaches that can be taken and for myContinue reading “#48 Analysing Focus Group Data”

#47 Active Building Scalability

I was asked this week if the Active Building concept is scalable? My first instinct was to say “yes, it is definitely scalable”. The technologies exist, we are starting to gather good evidence from our demonstrator buildings to indicate the wider benefits of aggregating more than one Active Building, and extensive data monitoring is enablingContinue reading “#47 Active Building Scalability”

#46 Active Building Technologies

The Active Building Technology Showcase is the latest document from my Toolkit soon to be uploaded to SPECIFIC’s website. This contains information on some of the technologies that would be suitable for use on an Active Building project. While our current Active Buildings utilise solar energy, other renewable energy generating technologies can also be consideredContinue reading “#46 Active Building Technologies”

#45 Change Project Summary

Last week’s post was about the use of Engagement tools to Implement Change. Other components needed to implement change include Knowledge, Training and Compliance tools – all of which form part of my Active Building Protocol (the main output from my D.SBE change project). A D.SBE is all about enabling a change to practice orContinue reading “#45 Change Project Summary”

#44 Construction Industry Engagement to Implement Change

This week I’ve focused on the ‘Engagement’ section of the Active Building Protocol (see post #43) and have been assessing the benefits in engaging with relevant stakeholders when trying to enable adoption of a new idea (such as the Active Building concept), technology or product. In my mind, the key considerations in establishing an engagementContinue reading “#44 Construction Industry Engagement to Implement Change”

#43 Active Building Protocol Progress

This week I have been progressing my Active Building Protocol, which will detail the steps SPECIFIC have taken to enabling the construction industry to adopt new technologies and  the Active Building concept, outlining the enabling methods used and providing information that can be utilised to enable the adoption of any new concept or technology. TheContinue reading “#43 Active Building Protocol Progress”