Healthy Planning Policy & Monitoring in Southwark & Lambeth

Built environment professionals are increasingly interested in the relationship between places and health. Many guidance documents are available to inform planning policy-makers of the importance of planning and health, yet there remains uncertainty about exactly ‘what works’ with regard to specific design and policy measures. In part, this has been explained by a lack of … Continue reading “Healthy Planning Policy & Monitoring in Southwark & Lambeth”

BRE Flood Resilient Repair House

The Flood Resilient House was opened by Emma Howard-Boyd (Chair of the Environment Agency) and Claire Moriarty (Permanent Secretary for Defra) on 3rd February 2017 at a demonstration and launch event of the property. This project was a collaboration between many companies and suppliers, with the common goal of demonstrating what a flood resilient property could … Continue reading “BRE Flood Resilient Repair House”

Connected Homes

Emerging smart digital solutions present the opportunity for a step change in the way that we live, work an address key societal challenges. These smart solutions are enabled by advances in digital technology, our ability to make better use of data, and the creation of new and transformative data driven services and business models. The … Continue reading “Connected Homes”

Q-sand sustainable post-disaster rebuild

Q-SAND stands for Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters and draws on the standards developed by BREEAM. As a part of its commitment to sustainable development, International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) commissioned the development of the QSAND tool to promote sustainable shelter and settlement activities in the aftermath of natural disasters. So … Continue reading “Q-sand sustainable post-disaster rebuild”

Resilience – energy security

There are increasing threats to the abilities of communities and individual building owners and managers to buffer the impacts of balancing changing energy needs with associated threats from increasingly volatile and expensive energy prices, uncertainty around security of supply, changing international relationships, increasing cyber threats, and the challenges associated with the transition to a low … Continue reading “Resilience – energy security”

International Standards Review

There are now a plethora of standards/schemes for assessing the sustainability performance of buildings that are operating from different regions around the world, including in Europe (e.g. BREEAM, HQE, DGNB), North America (e.g. LEED, Green Globes, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building), the Middle East (e.g. Pearl), Asia (e.g. CASBEE, BEAM, Three Star, Green Mark) and … Continue reading “International Standards Review”

Developing data structures to allow buildings and communities to be systemised

The work to date has been focused on identifying the key building blocks of a mesh network that can be used to bring transparency to how buildings and communities work as part of a smart city system. The system will be focused on people and their needs and ultimately it may be customisable and outcome … Continue reading “Developing data structures to allow buildings and communities to be systemised”

Multi-sensor detector capabilities and comparative performance with smoke detectors

The early detection of fire is necessary to allow occupants of a building more time to escape and allows for interventions to protect property. Trying to get the balance right of early detection without false alarms in a broad range of applications in the service environment is a challenge as detection of smoke like phenomena … Continue reading “Multi-sensor detector capabilities and comparative performance with smoke detectors”