On Reflection

Action speaks louder than words

The action of the many solid, forward thinking organisations, both public and private, large and small, speaks louder than the occasional din from elected representatives. Increasingly, investment in sustainability in all its guises - renewables, clean tech, low carbon, local sourcing - is driving demand. The missing link is still awareness - amongst the public,…
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Voluntary, by agreement

Let’s face it, we know that things improve through knowledge, technology and ingenuity. Sometimes slowly, other times at break-neck speed. And we do seem to be in a speedy phase at the moment, with the pace of technological innovation and in particular through the application of digital elements to analogue systems showing no signs of…
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EcoBuild: It’s a funny old event

Three days spent at Ecobuild last week underlined my long-standing view that it’s “a funny old event”. And I don’t mean that in a negative way. I mean “funny” in the sense that, given how all-pervasive the environmental agenda is across the whole built environment sector, Ecobuild can still come across as being rather niche.…
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“Mr. Meeks, time to inherit the earth…”

The words of John Keating, played by Robin Williams, in Dead Poets Society from BITD (i.e. 1989). A fantastic film, instructive and reflective in so many ways. And today is one that is reflective for me, considering the implications of a new report and emerging research reported in the Independent yesterday (22 February 2016) with…
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Paris Agreeent: Landmark Victory or Greenwash

Hopes are high after a global agreement to curb global warming but critics are already suggesting the deal is too little, too late, by David Burrows. The world has finally agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from 2020. At the very least, the 195 countries committed to curb emissions to keep temperature rises below 2°C…
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“Smartification” – a thing?

As 2016 gets going and we’re all glad to see the back of “blue Monday”... a note of optimism for all you technophile out there. Cities across the world will continue to be “smartified” with the help of technology and driven by the need to adapt to meet surging populations in urban areas. But how…
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