Well-known definitions of circular economics refer to a decoupling of economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out. Less well-known definitions emphasize developing regenerative systems that build natural, social, and human capital. This capital is required … Continue reading Seven Principles of Circular Built Environments in Africa
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
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’?
There is increasing pressure on water and sanitation systems in South African human settlements. Droughts have reduced water availability in many areas. Ageing infrastructure and a lack of maintenance have contributed to water supplies being unreliable in some regions. Water … Continue reading Sanitation Options for Sustainable Housing: A Decision-Making Tool
Municipal electricity costs in South Africa have risen by 173% in the last ten years; an average annual increase of 17.3%. At the same time, public funding for schools has been dropped in real terms by 8% per learner over … Continue reading Rapid Identification and Evaluation of Interventions for Improved Energy Performance in South Africa Schools
Presented paper on Social Resilience in Urban Areas at the ASOCSA 11th Built Environment Conference, 6-8 August 2017, Durban. The paper covered: Climate change predictions for South Africa Social vulnerability and resilience Supporting social resilience through urban characteristics and configuration … Continue reading Social Resilience In Urban Areas
Presentation on Delivering Smarter Infrastructure at the Smart Buildings and Infrastructure, Africa Summit 2017, 23 – 24 May 2017, Gallagher Estate, Midrand, South Africa. The SMART Buildings and Infrastructure series of summits provide key insights into emerging trends, confront the … Continue reading Delivering Smarter Infrastructure