Carbon + circularity: ‘Future of Construction’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another couple of articles published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Construction.

Exploring how sustainability in the built environment calls for a change in mindset, the pieces examine both the prospects for a circular economy and the rate of radical decarbonisation that is required of the construction industry, as a whole.

According to the OECD, world consumption of raw materials is set to double by 2060, with construction a major part of the problem, as urbanisation runs riot around the globe. In fact, associated construction waste is forecast to rise almost twofold within just a matter of a few years, by 2025.

Amounting to an alarmimg 40% of total emissions, the carbon footprint of the built environment also represents a major hurdle in greening the sector and the UK Construction 2025 deadline for a 50% cut looms large.

The clock is ticking fast. So, to learn more about the challenge facing construction and the industry response, please check out the articles in full, complete with expert insights, comment and analysis, by clicking here:

‘Carbon, carrots and sticks: Can the circular economy in construction really work?’

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


 


SUSTMEME: Get the Susty Story Straight!

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We are all in the climate business, now!

New writing… My latest piece for The Hub – the award-winning content platform curated by Mitsubishi Electric – looks at the declaration of a Climate Emergency and what it might mean for the construction industry, in particular. From France and Argentina, via Tuscany and Québec, to New York City and Scarborough, an ever-lengthening list of nations, states, cities, towns, councils and jurisdictions are officially declaring an Emergency and supporting the climate movement. Together, these  900-plus governments in 18 countries around the world represent a combined global community of more than 200 million people. Please click the link to read the post in full and learn more about why… We are all in the clmate business, now!



SUSTMEME: Get the Susty Story Straight!

Circularity: ‘Future of Construction’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Construction.

BAMB is on a mission: its goal is a systemic shift in sustainable building; its focus, construction waste and material consumption. As the name implies, Buildings as Material Banks (BAMB) reimagines a building as a dynamic repository of value, where tradable material assets can be deposited, data tracked, transferred and withdrawn. Three major changes support the BAMB vision for circular transition: change in design culture, value definition and collaboration. The question is, can a relatively traditional industry such as construction truly embrace the systemic change called for by a circular economy? What would such a shift mean in terms of technology, but more imporantly culture? Furthermore, how might it play out worldwide – across global development markets maturing at different speeds, with different histories of urbanisation? Getting down to project particulars, the article also includes a case study of an inner-city school in Swansea, Wales, which has just set new industry standards, achieving 99.87 per cent diversion from landfill. You can read more about both the scale of the material challenge and the exciting opportunities to close the circularity gap, here:

‘BAMB: Could this be the future for sustainable building?’.

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

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