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Rethinking Carbon: its not the enemy

William McDonough proposes a new thinking and new language for the manner in which we approach our relationship with carbon. His article in Nature makes for essential reading.  Building on carbon thinking in FutuREstorative, ConstructCO2 and Cost Restore, I have … Continue reading

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Regenerative sustainability: enabling people and planet to thrive.

The Lithuanian Green Build Council conference in Vilnius, attracting over 100 from the world built environment Real Estate, Design, Contruction, Product Manufacturers, Facilities Managers and Investors, asked the question ‘Sustainability what is it’? It was a privilege to kick-off presentations, … Continue reading

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Pushing beyond Paris

The UN Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) meets in San Francisco, California from 12-14 September 2018, and in addition to the physical meeting, actors around the world are invited to participate by demonstrating the depth and range of climate action in … Continue reading

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Knowing the plastic numbers …

With the focus on plastic avoidance, reduction and recycling, do we really know the plastics that we use everyday and incorporate into our buildings, often without second thought to their impact on human and planetary health. I am often asked … Continue reading

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Living Buildings in Europe. What does good look like?

Living Buildings in Europe, the autumn workshop series. The International Living Future Institute works every day to realise the climate actions defined by the Paris Accords, leading the direction toward products, buildings and communities that are socially just, culturally rich … Continue reading

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Health and Wellness Rating System Comparison

This very useful comparison infographic was published recently on Building Green.  Although US and LEED based, it demonstrates the scope of the emerging rating systems that address, measure and promote healthy building and facility approaches, in planning, design, construction, building … Continue reading

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Planting Trees to ‘offset’ Construction Carbons

We often asked by Constructco2 users, can we offset by planting trees on site and if so how much carbon is ‘offset’? The answer is not at all straight forward and publications / papers / articles found on the internet … Continue reading

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