The structure of existing infrastructure and systems perpetuate unsustainable working and living patterns and it is difficult for people to avoid environmental impacts such as carbon emissions, even if there is a will to do so. Methodologies are therefore needed … Continue reading Urban Sustainability Transformation Through Building Adaptive Pathways
Schools in drought-stricken areas are vulnerable to water shortages and may have to close because of health risks. Closing schools significantly affects the quality of education as teaching is disrupted and learning time is lost. The ‘Net-Positive Water Systems for … Continue reading Net-Positive Water Systems for Schools in Drought-Stricken Areas
Climate change means that temperatures are projected to increase across South Africa and there will be more very hot days (days above 35 degrees C). These changes need to be taken into account in building designs to ensure that occupant … Continue reading Understanding Occupant Comfort: Adapting for Climate Change
I enjoyed preparing and running through some rapid-fire slides on ‘Preparing for Change: Design Responses’ in a short CPD course for about 200 Architects. My presentation covered current climate change projections, learning COVID-19 and what COP26 means for South Africa. … Continue reading Preparing for Change: Design Responses
As part of the panel on the Business Case for Circular Built Environments at COP26 I was asked to provide input on circular built environments in developing countries. My input is outlined below. Developing countries have a multitude of pressing … Continue reading Circular Built Environments in Developing Countries
Progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and National Development Plan objectives in South Africa has been slow. Alternative approaches, therefore, need to be investigated that may help speed up change and integrate SDG and NDP objectives into current development … Continue reading The Value of the Local and the 15 Minute City
I am pleased to have completed an intense drafting process developing the Sustainable Building and Construction (SBC) Mainstreaming and Advocacy Toolkit. UN-Habitat, UNEP and UNOPS are collaborating to support countries in integrating resource efficiency into building’s life cycles. They are … Continue reading Sustainable Building and Construction (SBC) Mainstreaming and Advocacy Toolkit.
Was invited to present in a session on Construction Value Chains by the One Planet Network. The session contributes to UNEP’s initiative on strengthening policy through the value-chain analysis. The methodology is interesting and promotes an integrated approach to sustainability by … Continue reading Construction Value Chains
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
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