#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”

#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”

#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”

#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”

#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”

#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”

#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”

#21 Active Landscaping

It’s not only building surfaces that provide opportunities for generating energy from the sun.  Why not think about the whole site as a potential energy generating area?  Buildings don’t sit in isolation and only form part of the spaces that make up places within our villages, towns and cities.  Maybe it’s time we consider theContinue reading “#21 Active Landscaping”