Timber’s Biophilia Credentials Iain Mcllwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation draws attention to the growing focus on the health and wellbeing of building occupants. In particular he cites the emergence of the “Well Standard” resulting in the recognition of timber’s strong biophilia credentials.
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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.
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…
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 […]
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.
How the environment in which people live in affects their health and what can be done to create places that improve lifestyle and wellbeing.
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….
Some analysts argue that the falling oil price could end the world’s slow march towards zero carbon energy