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Regulation drives innovation – Rolls-Royce sail powered shipping

Emission control regulations in shipping and in part cost of fuel are driving innovations in alternative shipping solutions – this one from Rolls-Royce is targeting a 55% increase in fuel efficiency. Smart Planet reports that “International Maritime Organization sulfur caps already require cleaner, pricier grades of fuel. Additionally, ships entering Emission Control Areas were required […]

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Regulation drives innovation – proof is in the storage

A couple of days ago almost every news channel in Australia reported in a very positive light the pathetic news that “despite political uncertainty, the latest research indicates that Australia has managed to reduce greenhouse emissions levels to zero growth over the past decade”. But the media also stated that our climate change initiatives “still […]

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Innovation is…

We often get asked when working on a new building ‘what’s new, what innovations are there at the moment’. We here news stories and read articles on the latest geoengineering solution that is going to save us all, or a new biomimicry invention that will solve our finite resource problems. When you start to dig […]

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If it can be done at an airport in the tropics, it can be done anywhere!

I stayed here last night and so have first hand experience of the amazing sustainability credentials of the hotel. Designed by WOHA in Singapore, the Crowne Plaza Hotel at SIngapore Airport blows away the idea that hotels have to be dark, stuffy, internalised buildings. I believe it’s a great model for what we should be […]

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What is sustainability – plastic bottle skylights

Great article on the BBC wefbsite about a clever guy who has invented a great way of bringing light into the slums of the world without needing to burn oil lamps. “Alfredo Moser’s invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of […]

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Does your building have Impact?

There is a new trend in investment markets called ‘Impact Investing’. Impact investing requires a positive social and ecological return alongside a financial return. The question for property is – what impact will Impact Investing have on your assets? And how will you respond? The first of two posts explores the recent trend of Impact […]

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The collaborative economy promises to disrupt the conventional marketplace

A great quote from a recent article on Harvard Business Review called “Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy”. The question is are you ready for the disruption? The HBR article offers some insight into what they believe are the core drivers for the collaborative economy. Below are a summary of the four key […]

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