Author Archives: martin brown

UK Government 25 Year Environment Plan is … disappointing.

The UK Governments 25 Year Environment Plan (A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment) released yesterday should, on the face of it be a very significant document. Leaks and pre-issue comments from Gove in particular, hinted … Continue reading

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Seasons Greetings

It is custom at chez fairsnape to create our own Christmas cards with our images taken during the year. Here are the images from 2017 used on our cards.  

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Materials in Buildings: the impact on health of those who work, learn and play within them.

“the next phase of market transformation for the built environment is going to be led by material performance …”  Health and wellbeing issues relating to the materials we specify, purchase, build with and dispose of has been increasingly arising in … Continue reading

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Reconnecting the eco system: Specifi Services London

It was a real pleasure to present a sustainability keynote to the 100 plus service experts and engineers attending the Specifi Services event in London on the 29th November. The keynote focused on the impact that the built environment sector … Continue reading

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Revolutionary, Regenerative Sustainability; RESTORE Training School

The UK RESTORE Training School The first RESTORE Training School took place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017 organised and facilitated by Martin Brown, Fairsnape. Over 40 trainees and RESTORE core group members attended, representing a great spectrum of sustainability … Continue reading

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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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