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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Energy planning for the end of the world

Mark Talbot   24 Mar 2015 Whether you got a clear view of the recent solar eclipse or not, you probably noticed the sky got much darker. The end of the world isn’t quite here yet, but it does make you think about how much we rely on energy, and how we need to preserve it to be a sustainable society.
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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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Plastic bags and pallets - reuse and repatriation

Jess Duffell   10 Feb 2015 On site, one of the biggest waste management problems is what to do with pallets. Brick deliveries, timber deliveries, in fact most deliveries include the use of a pallet. But that creates the problem of what to do with it once it has served its purpose?
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How to have a resource efficient Christmas

Hanna Hayward   17 Dec 2014 Tis the season to be merry, and often, wasteful. Without sounding like a Grinch, there are so many easy ways we could all have a more resource efficient festive season, on sites and at home.  
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PPE for all, including cyclists

Hanna Hayward   18 Nov 2014 As a cyclist, I am keen to promote Road Safety Week. I believe much more can be done to make roads safer for everyone, although common sense, and compulsory PPE would be a good start for many!  
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