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Towards 1.5 DegC: Built Environment’s role in COP23

COP23 located in Bonn, Germany and hosted by Fiji takes place from 6 – 17 November. The hosting by Fiji is significant as as a island nation they already feel the impact of climate change more than other nations. Fiji will … Continue reading

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Reimagining Construction Materials: (Waste) Food for Thought.

  A new Arup publication, (The Urban Bio-Loop) aims to demonstrate that a different paradigm for materials in construction is possible, through the adoption of organic waste re-imagined as construction materials. “Adopting the principles of Circular Economy provides the rationale for … Continue reading

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Regenerative thinking embedded in new DGNB System 2017.

Sustainable building certification standards are immense influencers on not only the built environment sector but also commercial, industrial and domestic green lifestyles. With that influence comes a real responsibility in establishing the current direction of travel for the industry against … Continue reading

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Vitosha Mountain, walking health, stone rivers and natural patterns …

The merits of walking, of connecting with nature, bringing nature into cities and city people into nature is one of the current sustainability and health zeitgeists. It is increasingly a prescribed remedy by GP’s. Back in 1895 a famous Bulgarian … Continue reading

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Future Pathways to Zero: Specifi Bristol Services

It was a real pleasure to share insights from Future Restorative and other initiatives at the Specifi Services and Facilities Management event in Bristol last night. The event was also billed as part of the World Green Build Council’s Green … Continue reading

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Gaining a deeper understanding of sustainability.

A reminder that there only a few days remaining to apply for our funded RESTORE Training School to be held in November. Restorative sustainability will move us beyond the intersection of ‘old’ and ‘new’ sustainability, and attending this training school … Continue reading

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Regenerative Disruption: Construction Materials, from Linear to Circular.

This is not Sustainable. Echoing themes from Cradle to Cradle and FutuREstorative on impact of construction waste and materials … namely An industry that demands over half of humanities resources Contributes to a third of global waste The single largest … Continue reading

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