From Re-use and Repair, to Sensors and Smart Tech


New writing Two more of my recent pieces for Guardian Sustainable Business are now live. Running in their paid-content section on Sustainable Electricals, sponsored by WRAP, the articles explore the business case for adoption and promotion of circular economy models in the sector, with particular reference to Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE):

The full Guardian series on Sustainable Electricals with WRAP can be viewed here.

Green Hotels + Biophilia, to IoT + Modern Slavery

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few months and I have provided a brief update menu of Built Environment, Real Estate and Construction articles below, with links to original copy. (Additional writings on Environment, Energy and Education topics will follow.)


Hotels-check-in-to-greener-thinkingHotels Check in to Greener Thinking

Summary: Enter a hotel room anywhere in the world and the chances are you’ll find a polite-but-prescriptive card by the bed or bath, advising of the benefits of ‘eco-friendly’ behaviors such as living with linen longer and reusing towels. Commendable as it may be, however, this consumer-facing front really represents only the tip of the iceberg for environmental impacts in the hospitality industry where fast-growing equates to resource-hungry.

Published in: JLL ‘Real Views’ (12 Apr, 2016)

Working-with-nature-to-create-better-buildingsWorking with Nature to Create Better Buildings

Summary: For centuries, nature and the built environment have not been on good terms as humans build upwards, downwards and outwards. Now, however, a more harmonious relationship is developing – which benefits both sides, and, crucially, the health and wellbeing of the people in the middle. The belief system behind this shift is ‘biophilia’ and it’s changing the way we think about and design our buildings.

Published in: JLL ‘Real Views’ (30 Mar, 2016)


supply-chain-760x428Modern Slavery and the Supply Chain

The UK construction industry must ensure its global supply chains comply with new legislation clamping down on the use of forced and slave labour.

Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’‘  (27 Mar, 2016)


Construction-is-facing-a-new-era-of-green-builds-760x428Construction is Facing a New Era of Green Builds

As the UK construction industry strives to rebuild itself to deliver the new homes and infrastructure the country needs, new money and new metrics apply.

Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’‘  (27 Mar, 2016)


Why-buildings-will-become-sensorsationalWhy Buildings Will Become ‘Sensorsational’

Summary: In many small ways, we are becoming accustomed to buildings responding to our physical presence, almost without realizing: doors open and lighting comes on in hallways, toilets flush automatically in restrooms and water flows into basins when our hands approach. Slowly but surely, we have entered a whole new wireless world of sensors.

Published in: JLL ‘Real Views’ (29 Feb, 2016)

The Future in 5 Words… #1: ‘Sensorsational’

Why Cities will be… ‘Sensorsational’ 

#1V2Mushrooming urbanisation has already seen us race past the halfway point for the proportion of people living in cities (with estimates reaching 54% in 2014) and is predicted to hit 2 in every 3, by 2050 (66%). With the boom in mobile and digital technology exploding alongside, driven by smartphone ubiquity, we as people are becoming increasingly connected by sensor technology to the physical environment around us. In effect, the Internet of Things has been creeping up on us by stealth; and that creep is fast turning into a gallop. Already, the forecast date for hitting the one trillion sensors mark has been brought forward from 2030 to 2025. Sensors will connect us to the buildings in which we live, learn and work, the shops where we buy goods, and all modes of transport in between. Within 10 years, that degree of connectivity will see the equivalent of around 120 sensors in operation for every human in existence.

Tomorrow: Why Business will be… ‘Sociable’

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