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13 February 2017
By Rosa Shirm

KLH Sustainability welcomes Rosalind Shirm to the team

Tell us a bit about your background? Growing up in a small village on the outskirts of Cambridge, I became eager from a young age to escape rural Suffolk and explore new destinations. As a result, the majority of my teenage years were spent fundraising (i.e. I quickly learned to become an amateur jam tart baker) in order to participate in trips abroad, from a conservation programme in Cuba, to teaching English in Vietnam. These experiences increased my understanding on an array of environmental and social issues, and contributed to my decision to study Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Read more…

21 January 2017
By Abby Crisostomo

Answers to your questions about designing green and blue roofs

Green, blue, brown roofs...whatever colour, we've been getting questions lately about the best ways to use roofs for sustainability. Whether it's due to a desire to capture surface water, increase biodiversity, provide habitat, reduce the urban heat island effect, produce renewable energy, improve air quality, provide amenities to building occupants or all of the above, there's an increased awareness about the possibilities of sustainable roof infrastructure, but for many, the challenge now comes in the implementation. Read more…

11 January 2017
By Tercia Jansen van Vuuren

Where does embodied carbon analysis stop?

It’s easy to get caught up in the nitty-gritty details of analysing the embodied carbon of a building. We dive into calculating the weights of materials used, multiply these by an embodied carbon factor, and determine the tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent that are emitted in producing the materials for a project. However, it is important to extend our view beyond the product manufacture cycle. Below, I discuss three key areas that are often considered too late, if at all, in carbon analysis. Read more…

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