Bringing wellbeing to construction with Red List compliant, biophilic net-zero site accommodation.

… making sure our employees in the field have the same wellbeing … Readers of this blog, attendees at my presentations, and those I consult and audit with, will recognise my advocacy for implementing wellbeing aspects (that we increasingly build into our projects), for those who are constructing the projects – and into the site […]

BREEAM and LEED Partnership announced.

Over recent years the built environment sustainability agenda has shifted away from being primarily concerned with energy and resource efficiency, towards a sustainability that now firmly embraces people and planetary health. This was the core message behind the ‘working towards a new sustainability’ strap line to FutuREstorative.  It isn’t completely surprising then, in breaking news at […]

Taking a Living and Well Building Crosswalk

Compliance is not a Vision – Ray Anderson FutuREstorative explored  the case for moving towards building sustainability standards that are in their nature restorative and regenerative. That is they generate more benefit to the environment, society, community, building users and owners than simply reducing any negative impact. The four standards chosen for exploration were One Planet […]

WELL & BREEAM announce alignment for credits: more good or less bad?

UPDATE 01 Feb 2017 Credit Crosswalks: BRE and IWBI have released guidance to streamline joint certification of BREEAM and WELL …. As mentioned and illustrated in FutuREstorative, we will see an alignment in building sustainability and performance standards over coming months and years. In the US we have seen an alignment between LEED and the Living Building […]

Why did I seek to put GreenBIM into Room 101?

Why did I seek to put Green BIM into Room 101 ? Did I not tweet only this week that Green BIM is one of the more important developments in the built environment? The label, or hashtag for GreenBIM is so riddled with issues, I was only able to skim during the 2 mins allowed in […]

REVEALed: a new initiative to showcase and compare the world’s most energy efficient buildings.

REVEAL – a new building energy performance nutrition label and benchmarking scheme to showcase and compare the world’s most energy efficient buildings.  Reveal is the latest programme from the International Living Futures Institute (the Institute behind the Living Building Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Declare and JUST) to provide visible and benchmark-able energy data based on real, measurable data. […]

Not a good day for Green Building

Not a good day for Green Building in the USA. Lloyd Alter on TreeHugger reports that the Green Building Initiative, which runs the Green Globes building certification system has been recognised as a LEED alternative by the federal General Services Administration I feel sad for friends, colleagues, advocates in the US who are passionate in defending real green building […]

A tipping point for sustainability

Could this be one of the key important concept diagrams for sustainability and environmental impact? ‘Restorative sustainability’ in one simple graphic. This brilliant  slide came to my attention via a @melanieloftus tweeted picture  taken during Jason McLennan’s presentation, Mind the Gap at the Living Futures conference, positioning Living Building Challenge beyond LEED.  Reflecting on this simple model, we […]

If zero carbon is the answer then just what was the question?

If zero carbon is the answer then just what was the question Is it ‘just because’ I am currently  seeing things from a different perspective as I re-read Cradle to Cradle, (which I feel  has more resonance with where we are now)  but a number of recent issues and events  have left me questioning our […]

on going local – part one

Mel Starrs over at Elemental has a great and useful article on local resources as seen from the LEED and BREEAM perspectives. Local materials, for local people (or a review of LEED credit MR5.1)  Essential reading for those using these standards and grapling with the concept of local resources. And yet there is another local resource debate emerging […]