Blockchains: enabling a sustainable future?

Mid way through last year I raised the concept of blockchain in relation to transparency and responsibility aiding and disrupting material supply chains (within the context of the Grenfell Tower tragedy). Arup Foresight have just published a useful guide to Blockchain within the context of BIM that really should be essential reading for anyone working in … Continue reading Blockchains: enabling a sustainable future?

Blockchain: Explainer and Grenfell relevance.

In relation to transparency and responsibility in the material supply chain we have covered material passport on a few occasions on this blog and in event workshops, (Cradle to Cradle, LBC Declare etc)     Emerging Blockchain technology, the technology of trust is redefining the way we transact. Combining the internet’s openness with cryptography security,  Blockchain … Continue reading Blockchain: Explainer and Grenfell relevance.

Ready for a Circular Economy?

My recent talk at Green Vision Circular Economy event held at the Re:Center, University of Bradford, focused on Design for DeConstruction principles and raised a number of questions, for example; The Circular Economy is not just simply new generation waste recycling – are we rethinking design and construction systems and processes. (slide 2) How can we convert Site … Continue reading Ready for a Circular Economy?

Circular Economy and the Built Environment

Updated: Ready for a Circular Economy? This coming week sees a number of circular economy events, for example Green Vision 10th Feb  (#GVis2016) in Bradford and ConstructCE 12 Feb (#cethinking) in London. Also see the Build Well 2016 Feb 10/11 event in the USA.  If you are at all interested in learning more about Circular Economy and its current popularity in construction, get … Continue reading Circular Economy and the Built Environment

Embedding BIM into the fabric of sustainability.

BIM has a far deeper application than just a design modelling, construction or facilities management tool. This fact has been highlighted recently through a number of events and conversations, for example; A couple of weeks back, I interviewed Denis Hayes as part of our Sustainability Leadership Conversation (#sustldrconv) series. Denis was founder of earth day way … Continue reading Embedding BIM into the fabric of sustainability.

Regenerative Sustainability: Co-Benefits of the Built Environment.

A number of excellent reports and papers have passed through my reading list and feeds in the last week or so, that together represent a wonderful view on regenerative sustainability co-benefits. Health co-benefits from air pollution and mitigation costs of the Paris Agreement: a modelling study The Lancet Planetary Health , Volume 2 , Issue … Continue reading Regenerative Sustainability: Co-Benefits of the Built Environment.

PreCycling: A gateway to the Construction Circular Economy

Precycling is a term I adopted within FutuREstorative to describe the decision making process when specifying, procuring, ordering and calling off materials. It is the thought process, not for only the avoidance of waste but in considering net-positive and secondary uses for a product at the end of its initial use. Precycling is defined as ‘making purchasing … Continue reading PreCycling: A gateway to the Construction Circular Economy