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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 … Continue reading

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The Business Case for ‘Sustainable’ Buildings

Three recent reports focus on the business case for sustainability, green buildings and human-centric buildings. Are we now witnessing the new normal, where the question of sustainability cost is flipping from, how much extra will the sustainable building cost? to, what are the real … Continue reading

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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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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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