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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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Disruptive Tech Property Industry Impact – Advanced Materials

10th in the series on the impact of the McKinsey and Company 12 Disruptive Technologies, this one has endless possibilities – Advanced Materials. I really don’t know where to start with this one. I’ve got 15 minutes before my self imposed deadline and have so many possibilities for the application of Advanced Materials in the […]

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Disruptive Tech Property Industry Impact – Advanced Robotics

Fifth in the series on the impact of the McKinsey and Company 12 disruptive technologies on the property industry, this time Advanced Robotics. The heart of many childhood dreams, the mere mention of robots conjures up all sorts of visions and pictures of cool robots doing awesome things – Andrea Susini has some amazing ones. […]

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How to promote green – display it on the product

A recent research study from the US asked a whole load of American consumers about the purchasing habits in relation to the environment. It’s a great research document from Cone Communications and a summary can be downloaded for free. It covers great questions and gives some unique insight into consumer preferences like “nearly all respondents […]

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Using water to produce wind to produce energy – what a waste of water!

I’ve been involved in a couple of buildings prior to Cundall where ‘shower towers‘ were used to generate airflow into a building through creating an evaporatively cooled downdraught (no fans), in principle they work but the practical reality of sticking them in building is a bit tricky. There is also the impact of using water […]

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Wanting makes us happier than having!

Great news for the environment bad, news for retail. Interesting study from the University of Missouri that has studied the happiness effect from stuff and it has not surprisingly found that it is the anticipation from the possibility of ownership that makes us happy not ownership itself! Treehugger posed that this could be why website […]

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What would the equivalent for a hand drier be?

A great initiative from WWF to highlight the disconnect between the consumption of our everyday lives and the distant impacts we don’t see. We need more of this type of impact awareness building. I wonder what the equivalent would be for the hand drier? A lump of coal falling out of the hot air funnel […]

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