The low density of sprawling urban areas and the poor environmental performance of housing in many South African towns and cities do not support sustainable living and working patterns and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Housing is often … Continue reading Mixed Use Modular Units
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) align well. Both make poverty reduction a key objective and aim to address job creation, inequality, water security, food security, climate change, disaster risk reduction, infrastructure development, human … Continue reading Transforming Neighborhoods to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and the National Development Plan
I was invited to presented at the COVID-19 Challenge Conference which focused on technological, economic, and social developments to combat the effects of global and local disasters as well as the ways in which we can build back better for … Continue reading Building Adaptive Pathway Plans
My chapter ‘Cities Running Out of Water’ in Sustainable Water Engineering edited by Susanne Charlesworth, Colin A. Booth, and Kemi Adeyeye has just been published. The chapter investigates the phenomenon of increasing water scarcity in cities such as Cape Town … Continue reading Cities Running Out of Water
Enjoyed the interesting discussion with Sheree Bega and making a contribution to her article ‘Beat the heat with cool zones’ in the Mail & Guardian on what can be done to reduce the impact of extreme heat projected under climate … Continue reading ‘Beat the heat with cool zones’
I am looking forward to presenting at the 2020 SAEEC Conference on the 4 – 6 November 2020. The presentation is on Sustainable Neighbourhoods and is based on research and local case study using the Built Environment Sustainability Tool (BEST). … Continue reading Sustainable Neighbourhoods: Implications and Requirements
I am looking forward to presenting at the BEYOND 2020 conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference aims to link the global building sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is the final summit of 15 regional conferences that took … Continue reading Circular Built Environments in Africa
Climate change and rapid urbanisation have meant there is increasing pressure on water supplies in human settlements in Africa. This has led to increasingly unreliable water supplies and outages in many drought-stricken areas. It is therefore important to understand how … Continue reading An Alternative Rainwater Harvesting System Design Methodology
Neighbourhoods often appear complex. It is difficult to ascertain how they can be assessed in terms of sustainability performance and to identify what needs to be done to improve them. Green precinct and urban assessment tools offer some insight but … Continue reading How do you develop sustainable neighbourhoods?
In my presentation on ‘Circular buildings as an opportunity for innovation, jobs, and local growth’ as part of the Technical Expert Review on mitigation (TEM M) – built environment for the UNFCCC and the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction … Continue reading Circular Buildings as an Opportunity for Innovation, Jobs, and Local Growth
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the questioning of many aspects of how we work and live. This includes how facilities management needs to change to respond to changing user demands. With the pandemic, many people enjoyed the benefits of … Continue reading How will COVID-19 change Facilities Management?
Water supply in an increasing number of rural and peri-urban communities in South Africa can be described as marginal. This means that it is subject to failure, becoming unaffordable or increasingly difficult to access. This can be caused by a … Continue reading New Paper on Water Marginality
There has been an increased interest in an emergency or temporary housing as a result of COVID-19. Emergency housing is developed to accommodate people displaced by flooding, fire, social unrest and COVID-19 mitigation programmes. The National Housing Code developed by … Continue reading A Sustainability Specification for Emergency Housing
Climate change and rapid urbanization have meant there is increasing pressure on water supplies in cities and towns in South Africa. This has lead to water shortages and unreliable supplies. It is, therefore, becoming increasingly important to understand whether there … Continue reading Making Houses Water Resilient
The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that ‘multiple synergies will be required to achieve the goals of sustainable development, including climate adaptation and mitigation, poverty eradication and reducing inequalities’. So what might these synergies by? This is explored … Continue reading What are ‘Multiple Synergies’?
Just presented two case studies on COVID-19 spread in buildings as part of the MRC-CSIR COVID-19 and Facilities Management series of lectures. The research includes the following findings: Space: In a crowded indoor space with poor ventilation it appears that … Continue reading COVID-19 Spread in Buildings: Space, Time and Ventilation
Many projects are not managed well, overspend and take longer than planned. Sometimes, there are good reasons for this. However, often, the reason for poor performance is a lack of structure and standardised systems. To help address this, I have … Continue reading Effective Project Management
I was asked to prepare a series of lectures that covered the key issues Architects needed to know about sustainable built environments. This was conceptualised as 7 videos. With Lockdown, instead of the videos, I have been able to present … Continue reading Seven Sustainable Built Environment Lectures
Despite increasingly scarce water resources and sometimes unreliable municipal supplies, there is limited guidance on alternative water sources such as rainwater. Some of the guidance that is available is inaccurate or misleading. Therefore to understand rainfall and how it can … Continue reading A new methodology for rainwater harvesting design
The SBAT Residential tool and manual has been updated and a new online course developed. The Sustainable Building Assessment Tool can be used to assess and improve the sustainability performance of residential buildings, such as houses and apartments, and their … Continue reading New online course on the Sustainable Building Assessment Tool