#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”

#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”

#42 Active Buildings – A Flexible Approach

Buildings come in all shapes and sizes, and must respond to different environmental conditions, different site characteristics, different client aspirations, individual user needs, local and regional planning policies, etc, etc. It is for this reason that the key principles associated with Active Buildings are deliberately not prescriptive – the Active Building concept is based moreContinue reading “#42 Active Buildings – A Flexible Approach”

#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”

#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”