Living Architecture: Smart Bricks and Bioreactors


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New writing My latest piece for Eniday is now live, exploring a radical, innovative collaboration between industry and academia to create ‘smart’ bricks, which can recycle wastewater and generate electricity. As elements in ‘bioreactor walls’, each brick will contain a microbial fuel cell, filled with programmable synthetic microorganisms, putting good bugs to work in buildings. This reinvention of the humble construction component promises to unlock the potential of ‘Smart Bricks and Bioreactors’.

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Sri Lanka: Tourist Island Rebuilds with Biogas


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New writing My piece for Eniday is now live, looking at an inspirational programme in Sri Lanka aiming to bring biogas to 1,000 hotels and households by the end of 2016. What makes it particularly unusual is that this project is being spearheaded (as part of the EU SWITCH-Asia initiative) not by an energy company, but People in Need (PIN), a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, supporting the local communities and businesses in their sustainability drive to see this ‘Tourist Island Rebuilds with Biogas’.

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Clean and Green: The Energy of Choice

unnamedNew writing… My piece for Real Views is now live, looking at why the business case for clean and green energy is making more and more sense for corporate-investor and real-estate portfolios alike, plus how tech is leading the way. As renewables break all records worldwide for generation, the article touches upon the push-and-pull of post-Paris politics and how sustainability plays out in a talent market of Millennials. With links, stats and studies, read what makes ‘Clean and green: The energy of choice’.

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‘Future of Packaging’ in The Times

img_3250New writing… Pleased to say I have had a centrespread article for Raconteur published in The Times newspaper, exploring packaging market trends, plus, in particular, prospects for mainstreaming of sustainability:

‘Discovering a business case for sustainability’.

The full 16-page Future of Packaging report is available to view/download here.

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How will net zero change real estate?

New writing… My piece for Real Views is now live, looking at the potential impact of ambitious targets for net zero buildings on the global property market between now and 2030, then on towards 2050. From energy generation and efficiency, to carbon cutting and offsetting, the drive is on to make green the new normal. Complete with links to real case study projects, the article asks: ‘How will the push for net zero buildings change real estate?’

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