What the Circular Economy Might Mean for the Construction Industry

What the Circular Economy Might Mean for the Construction Industry
We live in a small highly developed island and so the built environment has a huge impact not only on where we live and work but also in how we travel around, how we communicate and even how our country’s economy is shaped. Buildings have evolved over centuries, indeed millennia, and in themselves use a large amount of our natural resources both when they are built and when they are occupied or used.  They also tend to be around for a long time and so, unl

Thought Piece, Natural Capital Evaluations

Thought Piece, Natural Capital Evaluations
A certain credit card has had an advertising campaign which has used the notion that there are certain things in life which we hold so dear that we cannot put a price on them. Currently there are areas of natural capital which fall into the same category: priceless. So how, then, can we begin to find a price tag which reflects accurately what the value is? In the UK, the Environment Agency’s National Environmental Assessment Services has the difficult t

Sustainability skills underpin long-term economic success

Sustainability skills underpin long-term economic success
The global economy is facing a perfect storm of rising population, scarcity of vital resources, volatile prices of essential materials and resources such as energy, degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity, and the effects of climate change. These significant global and UK trends mean that environment and sustainability need to be integrated into decision making at all levels: in the way businesses and organisations are managed; in the design and deve

Nature is a special subject

Nature is a special subject
All too often, we stay in our little boxes.  Scientists talk to scientists, artists talk to artists, writers talk to… themselves (well, I do anyway).  It is a rare and special subject that brings people together, across disciplines and from a wide range of organisations. Nature is that special subject. It is all at once the inspiration for creativity, a medicine for the ill, the pound signs for tourism and for all of us the great provider of services th