Environment

The rise of the circular economy – BS8001:2017
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What is the ‘Circular’ Economy? Conventional / current economics is linear. Materials are grown or extracted, made into goods, used and disposed of. A ‘circular’ economy looks for resources and materials that can be recovered, re-used and kept in circulation for as long as possible. It’s not a new concept, but is becoming increasingly popular […]

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Liquid Solar Energy – storage and use
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Swedes ‘Capture the Sun’ In a research paper published in the March edition of Energy & Environmental Science, Professor Kasper Moth Poulsen, of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, explains: “The dream is to create a universal solar battery that releases heat on demand.”

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Modern Lake Dwellers use Low Energy Renewables – floating homes power and heat themselves
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Loving Life on Water Floating homes are becoming increasingly popular in Germany – not only as holiday homes, but also as permanent residences. Now scientists at two Fraunhofer Institutes based in Dresden are developing a floating house that can produce its own water, electricity and heat in a bid to populate a large lake district […]

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CLT – “School Without Stress”
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Positive Impact of Timber Classrooms ‘In Touch With Timber’, TRADA member’s magazine, reports research showing the positive impact on children studying in a timber environment. This seems to have a positive impact on children’s stress levels and heart rate.

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Building Underwater – greenhouses growing strawberries on the Italian coast
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Twenty feet underwater, just off the north-western coast of Italy, are five biospheres that are growing plants such as strawberries, lettuce and beans. Nemo’s Garden has been operated by the family…

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Making your property development projects “Tree Wateringly” desirable
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We all use a lot of trees IN our buildings – probably us more than most. But we don’t always pay as much attention as we could – or should – to the way our planning and designs consider trees AROUND our buildings. Thanks to ‘deeproot’. this week’s insight highlights street-scapes, health, safety and maintenance […]

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Making your projects ‘Tree Wateringly’ desirable
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We all use a lot of trees IN our buildings – probably us more than most. But we don’t always pay as much attention as we could – or should – to the way our planning and designs consider trees AROUND our buildings.

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Unifying Health & PLanning
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How the environment in which people live in affects their health and what can be done to create places that improve lifestyle and wellbeing.

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That Sinking Feeeling – are we off course on sustainability?
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The long-delayed Green Construction Board (GCB) report on the industry’s directly controlled carbon emissions in 2008-12 – still unpublished as of today (2/2/15), although officially “signed off” in June (see Passnotes, below) – reveals an embarrassing own goal: emissions have actually increased in real terms. Please enter a description….

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Carbon Brief (blog) What falling oil prices may mean for the future of renewable energy investment
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Some analysts argue that the falling oil price could end the world’s slow march towards zero carbon energy

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ENOUGHNESS: Restoring Balance to the Economy in the Most Awesome Way Ever
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5 minutes | How we see the world determines how we act. Western thought sees us at war with each other over resources. In Indigenous philosophy, we are all related as individuals in balance with nature. Enoughness juxtaposes these two world views and delivers some startling facts.

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