Sustainability is cost effectiveness

Anthony Heaton   23 Sep 2015 This week I saw the phrase ‘cost effective sustainability’. It doesn’t need an environmental professional to guess the author of this phrase had a pretty sceptical view of the value of sustainability. So why have sustainable technologies been so common over the last seven to eight years, when they were not always cost-effective – after all, isn’t ‘economic’ one of the pillars of sustainability? 
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Give Indoor Air Quality Credit

Dr Hardip Mann   28 Apr 2015 We spend on average 20 hours a day indoors, so knowing how we can reduce Volatile Organic Compound concentrations in buildings is important as Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) directly affects building users’ productivity. To help with this, the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) 2014 includes four Health and Wellbeing 02 Credits for IAQ, for project teams to aim towards and help improve IAQ for building users.
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Construction must step into the optimal performance zone

Anthony Heaton   30 Mar 2015 Routines, habits and finding comfort in what we know are strange quirks of human behaviour which influence our actions, as much at work as they do at home. We all probably have a favourite mug, pair of trainers, holiday destination, brand of beans or side of the bed. But is resorting to what is familiar limiting us? Is it worth stepping out of our comfort zone to be more productive?
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Health and Happiness: a better business case for sustainable construction

Charlotte Cassedanne   16 Mar 2015 Another year, another interesting three days at Ecobuild, the annual sustainable design, construction and energy exhibition at Excel. With an upcoming national election and an EU referendum round the corner, the future of sustainability in the UK was hotly debated: retrofitting (or not) houses, green infrastructure, and how buildings can improve health and wellbeing were all prominent themes.
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The fourth pillar of sustainability: pleasure?

Kris Karslake   24 Feb 2015 The three pillars of sustainability are widely known as People, Planet and Profit. A type of systems theory, the idea is the three pillars have to all be strong for a sustainable world to become a reality. But maybe Pleasure is the fourth pillar that could make the other pillars more stable?
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What if...we used round concrete pegs?

Anthony Heaton   10 Nov 2014 As a Sustainability Advisor working for BAM Construction, I am constantly looking at the impacts that our projects have on the wider world around them, and many of the issues I encounter are deeply rooted in the construction industry’s traditional approach. Much like Honda’s advert, I often ask ‘What if?’

 

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No need to fear BREEAM 2014

Julia Messenger   31 Oct 2014 Are you spooked by BREEAM 2014? No need to fear- the BAM BREEAM-busters are here… The BREEAM 2014 new construction scheme can seem quite daunting but plenty of BAM projects are already taking on the challenge and targeting Excellent ratings. Released in summer 2014, the BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 assessment covers the majority of non-domestic new builds.
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