#58 Changing Energy: The Challenges and Solutions

This week I took part in a panel discussion for an event called Everything Change, which involved a series of online discussions, talks, and events looking at the role of creativity, adaptive thinking and storytelling in overcoming the challenges of the climate and ecological crises.  I was in the Changing Energy discussion, one of seven societal areas of change inspired by Wales’sContinue reading “#58 Changing Energy: The Challenges and Solutions”

#56 Active Building Data Monitoring

Why Monitor Building Energy Performance? A critical element of an Active Building is the energy performance monitoring for true building performance evaluation (BPE). Data collected from the individual systems integral to the operation of the Active Building are used to monitor performance. This enables rapid fault detection and remediation; the development of predictive control strategies;Continue reading “#56 Active Building Data Monitoring”

#54 Energy Flexibility for a Low Carbon Built Environment

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post, as I’ve been busy collating my research data and starting to pull my final thesis together. It’s been a busy period for addressing the climate emergency too. This week the 6th Carbon Budget was published by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), setting out a netContinue reading “#54 Energy Flexibility for a Low Carbon Built Environment”

#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”

#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”

#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”

#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”

#18 Sampling Strategy for Qualitative Research

One of the most challenging aspects of qualitative research is ensuring you get a suitable number of participants for your study to represent an appropriate proportion of the overall population related to your subject area.  When I first started looking into research methods for this project, I contemplated use of well-known qualitative research methods: questionnaires,Continue reading “#18 Sampling Strategy for Qualitative Research”