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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Building with Indoor Air Quality in mind

Dr Hardip Mann   21 Sep 2015 Are you breathing comfortably? Maybe you’re reading this at work, in an office, or maybe on a bus, a train or at home? Either way, you are probably reading it indoors, which is where 90% of our time is spent in Western Europe. That’s 20 hours of our day indoors! No wonder then that Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can affect our health and wellbeing.
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This World Environment Day do more with less

Kris Karslake   01 Jun 2015 "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." This year's World Environment Day theme highlights the need for us to carefully consider our resource use, with over seven billion people on the planet and many nations consuming more than their fair share of resources.
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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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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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