Planting Trees to balance 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 response can be complicated – but that’s not a reason not to balance construction carbon emissions through increasing living carbon in trees and other living eco systems.  Before diving in to the […]

Cities as an Eco System?

A comment and question after the talk in Liverpool led to an interesting pre-dinner networking discussion. Are cities an ecosystem? For a short response the answer is yes, but, as in all eco systems, its complex, but makes for a great theme for future Specifi talks! The question was prompted by my showing of the […]

Martin Brown Publications

  Listed below are my recent, and not so recent publications and significant articles Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice Published September 2019 A Handbook for the Built Environment Edited by Emanuele Naboni and Lisanne Havinga  Architectural design can no longer only be concerned with developing artefacts that produce reduced environmental impacts within a certain […]

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 a shift from a linear (take, make, dump) disposal model – towards a circular value […]

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 a backdrop of climate, economic and social change. Get it right, and we move closer […]

22 Must Read Sustainability Books

One of my aims in writing FutuREstorative was to explore and encourage new thinking for sustainability in the built environment. In turn, inspiration for the book has, in part, come from a number of classic writers and books over the last half century or so, woven into FutuREstorative and into built environment sustainability potentials.

Bright Green – the new Black (Friday)

That Green is the new Black is illustrated through sustainability focused alternatives to the commercialism of Black Friday. Patagonia whose sustainability vision entails using business to make change will be giving 100% of sales to 1% For The Planet this Black Friday.  This year Patagonia will donate 100 percent of global Black Friday sales in […]

Advocacy and Activism: Patagonia ‘Tools’ Book Review

Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists.Edited by Nora Gallagher and Lisa Myers; introduction by Yvon Chouinard. Book Review Advocacy or activism. Advocacy has become a common descriptor for many sustainability folk, and one I’ve used for many years. Maybe now is the time for the activist description to become as popular as the advocate, moving from advocating […]

Why a Monarch butterfly on FutuREstorative cover?

From inside cover notes: The monarch butterfly is considered an important and iconic pollinator, native to North America with a multigenerational migration journey that spans from Mexico to Canada. From a population of more than 1 billion in the 1990’s, there is a grave danger of extinction within 20 years as the monarch’s sole food […]