Construction: Lessons to be learned

New writing… My latest piece for The Hub – the award-winning content platform curated by Mitsubishi Electric — looks at the lessons that the construction industry can learn from other sectors, Being such a big, hungry and dirty beast, construction stands apart as a sustainability challenge. Taming this beast is a monster ask — and the industry needs all the help it can get, including the input of ideas and innovations drawn from elsewhere. Fresh perspectives and new thinking could perhaps come from some relatively unlikely sources, such as cars, fashion or even food. The point is… construction needs to be open and receptive, plus a quick study — so, please click the link to read the post in full and explore some of the possibilities for Construction: lessons to be learned‘.



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Hydrogen: A rising balloon, or bursting bubble?

Riversimple RasaNew writing… My latest piece for The Hub – the award-winning content platform curated by Mitsubishi Electric – looks at the prospects for the hydrogen economy, particularly in the world of transport. Hydrogen-fuelled planes, trains and… bikes, as well as headline-grabbing cars, have all been in the news recently, but does that mean the technology is finally mainstreaming? What about heating buildings and homes? Is the time now right for the most abundant element on the planet to help hasten our exit from fossil fuels? Please click the link to read the post in full and learn more about Hydrogen: A rising balloon, or bursting bubble?



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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.


 


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