Built Environment Category

Tri Harder – Part 3, How does trigeneration stack up in each state?

What is the carbon benefit of trigeneration, does it pay itself back, what are the numbers please? We have heard a lot in the industry recently about the benefits and non-benefits of trigeneration but not much on the actual numbers. So as promised this post shows the numbers. In Part 1 of Tri Harder I […]

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Making sure we are comfortable without the need for air conditioning

Computer processing power, open source design and some blimin clever people now mean we can predict and proactively design for thermal comfort in indoor, outdoor and semi-outdoor environments in about a third of the time it took us in 2005. This means that we can now provide analysis, feedback and alternative designs within the design […]

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The Impact Equation – Helps make sense of most things

I love equations, especially when the help make sense of everyday things. To me the impact equation is equivalent in understanding our world as the Golden Ratio is in understanding natural beauty. If you don’t like equations please bear with me, you will find it useful in understanding our current environmental issues. I first came […]

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Positive planned obsolescence

I first heard of design obsolescence in “Design and Technology” class at school in the late 1980s. It is a concept that has stuck in my mind since – design products that are planned to fail after a certain time. It stuck in my mind because at the age of 16 I couldn’t understand the […]

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Tri Harder sidebar – gas no better for the climate than coal in generating electricity

A very quick sidebar to the triharder series – switching from coal fired electricity generation to gas fired electricity generation has no climate change benefit for 250 years!! I nearly fell off my three legged stool when I read this one. I first came across it in the climate progress blog, they have blogged about […]

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Sunday Morning – Disruptive Technology GravityLight

A great disruptive technology that will provide lighting for essential needs in developing countries in a renewable way. The GravityLight is one of those great design solutions that combines existing technologies in a new way to solve many problems – education, health, environment and economic. Featured on treehugger.com the designers are of course using the […]

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Healthy transport

The environmental benefits of public transport are obvious. When compared to driving by car there is reduced carbon emissions, improved local air quality, less noise, the list goes on. But the health benefits are rarely factored in to societies total impact on the environment. If we live healthier lifestyles our cost and impact on society […]

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