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4 February 2019
By Diana McHugh

Biophilic design – good for us and the planet?

The concept of biophilic design could arguably be dated back to the hanging gardens of Babylon. Biophilic design stems from biophilia; the innate human need to connect with nature. Biophilic design focuses on enabling a human connection to nature in the built environment, resulting in improvements to our health and wellbeing. Benefits range from the personal, such as improved blood flow, heart rate and stress levels to business, including increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and employee retention. Read more…

3 December 2018
By Hayley Cormick

Does timber actually come out on top when considering end-of-life?

If perhaps you weren’t looking for it, or skipped over the clause, you may have missed a critical item within the RICS Whole Life Carbon Assessment for the Built Environmental professional statement, Nov 2017, around the mandatory requirements to be met in order to include carbon sequestration within a life cycle carbon model. The RICS professional statement requires that if carbon sequestration is to be included in the model, the timber must: A. be sourced from sustainable sources by specifying FSC or PEFC certified products and B. include the end-of-life impacts [Module C]. While we didn’t miss this statement, we do believe we may have misinterpreted elements of it in a KLH article published in Jan 2018, so this article endeavours to provide clarification and share our learning from the past year. Read more…

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