An Ageing Population – Challenges for the built environment

Following a trend across much of the developed world, the population of the UK is growing, and ageing. The UK population is projected to continue growing, reaching over 74 million by 2039. The population in the UK is getting older with 18% aged 65 and over and 2.4% aged 85 and over. In 2016 there … Continue reading “An Ageing Population – Challenges for the built environment”

Biophilic design – health and wellbeing in buildings

How we bring biophilic design into buildings and use it to enhance people’s lives is one of today’s most exciting building design challenges, and one that offers huge opportunities. Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design Our built environment is often designed in ways that both degrade the environment and separate us from nature. The recent focus … Continue reading “Biophilic design – health and wellbeing in buildings”

Re-establish human relationships with the natural world

Continue exploiting natural resources until they are gone, or regenerate them and re-establish human relationships with the natural world – it’s up to us ‘We are living at a point in time when human society’s influence on the environment, and the environmental impact of our individual lives, has never been as strong,’ says Mike Maunder … Continue reading “Re-establish human relationships with the natural world”

News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – April 2019

Care and Repair England BRE’s Helen Garrett was invited to attend a CRE Older People’s Housing Champions Network meeting where she: shared knowledge on the nature and scale of the types of unsuitable housing, with a focus on older home owners and disrepair in their homes explored the prevalence of non-decent homes and the reasons … Continue reading “News Update from BRE’s Housing and Health Team – April 2019”

How much traceability is enough?

‘Momentum building for cattle traceability’ according to Beef Magazine. The New York Times is asking ‘Will blockchain fix the mineral traceability woes?’ The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative has created a standard with a traceability mechanism to ensure that certified aluminium has been manufactured by certified producers at every stage. Meanwhile BIM Today reports that ‘verification processes … Continue reading “How much traceability is enough?”