Category Archive: climate change

Sep 19 2016

Atmotube: Mobile air pollution monitoring

Atmotube Map

Atmotube puts air pollution monitoring in your hands, and enables users to share readings in real-time and via social media. Earlier this year, I participated in a COMIT community day workshop which asked us to think about ways in which air quality might be monitored for construction workers in tunnels. As a cyclist and someone employed at …

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Oct 06 2015

Time for TICKAC to change

The industry currently known as construction needs to do more than incremental tinkering with technology or scoping out skills. Big, joined-up thinking is required. Watching recent developments regarding UK construction skills shortages and “the image of construction“, I fear the sector’s typically conservative and incremental approaches will do little to bring about much-needed major change. …

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Sep 01 2014

Technopop offers AEC STEM learning opportunity

Technopop London is a new four-week, pop-up festival that will be bringing cutting-edge science, technology, design and innovation to schools, students and families in London this autumn. Run by a newly created social enterprise, Technopop Ltd, it aims to educate children about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), encourage and support the diversity agenda, and work with local community groups …

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Jun 25 2013

Honest Buildings secures £3.55m funding

I’ve been tracking the development of US-based start-up Honest Buildings – an online marketplace and discovery engine for building professionals – since I saw Nick Katz describe the service at the 2012 BE2Talks event in London in September 2012, and have just learned that the business has achieved another milestone: securing a $5.5m (£3.55m) Series …

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Jun 14 2013

Constructing Excellence higher education summit

Constructing Excellence

I have been involved with the UK’s Constructing Excellence movement for well over a decade (before Constructing Excellence was formed in 2003, I was involved in the work of several of its forerunners including the Construction Best Practice Programme, the IT Construction Best Practice Progamme, the Design Build Foundation, the Reading Construction Forum and Movement …

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Feb 27 2013

HonestBuildings.com ‘buildings network’ launches in UK

Honest Buildings, launched in the UK today, puts buildings at the heart of its connections, with their energy efficiency open to scrutiny, encouraging owners and suppliers to demonstrate their carbon reduction commitments. Honest Buildings, a US-based property network that connects decision makers to service providers for millions of commercial buildings, is expanding into the UK, and, through …

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Jul 17 2012

Mel Starrs – memories

Mel Starrs (@Melstarrs) tragically collapsed and died at the weekend. I heard the news via a telephone call from Martin Brown this morning, and it was soon confirmed by an email from mutual friend Claire Walker – we had all worked with Mel at an event just two weeks ago. Mel was an associate director in the environmental consultancy …

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Apr 27 2012

Air quality egg Kickstarted!

An update. I wrote a month ago (Kickstart an Air Quality Egg) about a “crowd-funded” project to build domestic air quality sensors. This morning I learned that the Kickstarter project, facilitated by Pachube, had successfully achieved its funding thanks to me and 926 other backers. Moreover, the original target of $39,000 dollars was smashed, with the …

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Mar 27 2012

Kickstart an Air Quality Egg

I’ve been looking for excuses to talk about Pachube (founder Usman Haque has contributed to past Be2camp events I’ve been involved with), the Internet of Things and about crowd-sourced funding of innovations, so an email from Pachube announcing the launch of its Kickstarter fund-raising programme to build a batch of web-enabled air quality monitoring devices was very …

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Oct 15 2010

Social media lessons from the World Water Day ‘hybrid event’

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Today is Blog Action Day: “an annual event … that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action”. Last year I blogged about climate change; this year’s topic is water – something I was discussing only yesterday …

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