#41 A Sustainable Built Environment

While my research work is focused on Active Buildings and the development of a process to enable adoption of the Active Building concept in building projects (a process that can be applied to any new concept by the way), my doctorate is in the Sustainable Built Environment (D.SBE). So, I have been reviewing how ActiveContinue reading “#41 A Sustainable Built Environment”

#39 Building Design for the Future

When presenting during a Webinar this week, I was asked how the Active Building concept considers the challenges of pandemics, given that the occurrence of pandemics is becoming a recurring issue. This is not something I had considered to date, but something clearly all building designers must consider going forward. Designing for a post-pandemic worldContinue reading “#39 Building Design for the Future”

#38 Data Capture for Improved Building Performance

One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of improving a building’s performance (once passive design measures and building fabric have ensured reduced energy load) is to install accessible data monitoring equipment.  If reviewed regularly, the data collected can help ensure energy systems are working as expected and if not, determine why. So, what preventsContinue reading “#38 Data Capture for Improved Building Performance”

#37 Are we ready for the “Decade of Action”?

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations (UN) Member States in 2015, reflected a shared vision to end poverty, save the planet and build a peaceful world by 2030. Five years on, and with just 10 years to go, we are now entering a “Decade of Action” where ambitious global effortsContinue reading “#37 Are we ready for the “Decade of Action”?”

#36 Net Zero Challenges

Amongst the many challenges facing the UK construction industry as the target date to achieve Net Zero emissions from the built environment looms ever closer (2050 or sooner), are those facing developers, building users and anyone responsible for operating and maintaining buildings. The fire safety issues of Net Zero solutions, such as structural timber, MMCContinue reading “#36 Net Zero Challenges”

#35 Designing for a Changing World

There have been a lot of stories in the press recently either related to the current global pandemic or unrelated, but significantly affected by the pandemic. And all with the same theme – climate change. There has been talk about how this pandemic and the new ways of working people have found could see theContinue reading “#35 Designing for a Changing World”

#34 Active Building Toolkit

This week I have been reviewing feedback from my research participants so far and reviewing my design guide documents, alongside other design guides that are used within the construction industry. This has resulted in a complete overhaul of the documents – graphics, structure and content – triggered by the realisation that my main Design GuideContinue reading “#34 Active Building Toolkit”

#33 Active Building Protocol

This week I have been reviewing all my interactions with the construction industry since starting my project in April 2017. There were 2 reasons for this – firstly to start populating the 4 strands of my Active Building Protocol; and secondly for the Reflective Essay that will form part of my final submission. When loggingContinue reading “#33 Active Building Protocol”

#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”