Built environment/wellness

Our cities, buildings and man-made environment plus issues around health and wellness

Sandy Jayaraj
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A new wee test for bowel cancer?

Colorectal cancer or bowel cancer is the third most common cancer globally and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths (after lung cancer). Europe has the highest death rate with an age-standardised rate of 12 per 100,000 (2022) across all ages and sexes and accounted for almost 28%

Steven Bowen
Members Public

Tracking concrete technology developments

Among the various organisations interested in lower carbon concrete is, unsurprisingly, the Institution of Structural Engineers. Concrete is a massively important building material. But, as they say "publicly available information about these technologies is often limited and inconsistent, making it difficult to draw comparisons with conventional concrete." Which

Sandy Jayaraj / Rufus Grantham
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Easing the perceived pain of retrofitting payback

The simple payback period calculation for retrofitting (amount spent / annual savings) misses nuance

Steven Bowen
Members Public

An 'Industrial Revolution' for efficient buildings?

The European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive could create a massive investment opportunity.

Sandy Jayaraj
Members Public

Blood test could revolutionise Alzheimer's diagnosis

An existing commercially available blood test could identify Alzheimer's risk early.

Sandy Jayaraj
Members Public

UK declares national incident as measles cases soar

Between 1st October 2023 and 18th January 2024 (15 weeks), there have been 216 confirmed and 103 probable cases of measles in the West Midlands (a region in the UK) with the majority of cases among children under the age of 10. It has prompted the UK Health Security Agency

Steven Bowen
Members Public

Could property linked finance unlock £bn of investment?

The Green Finance Institute (GFI) has recently released a report suggesting that introducing Property Linked Finance (PLF) to the UK market could enable £ billions of capital to be raised, to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes and commercial buildings. While the response to the report has been

Steven Bowen
Members Public

Green buildings offer good financial value as well?

We know we need greener buildings, but the 'how' is often less clear. And we need to better understand the financial implications. A recent report from the engineering consultancy ARUP, for the World Building Council for Sustainable Development, highlighted the important role that making buildings greener will play

Steven Bowen
Members Public

Minimising cost overruns - part 3

Cost over runs not only destroy project economics, they also taint future similar projects with the cost 'blow out' brush. A technique known as Reference Classes can help, but we need to work together to make it useful.

Sandy Jayaraj
Members Public

Health equity: FDA panel support for sickle cell disease cure

The potential approval of a treatment for a historically under-served community is important.

Steven Bowen
Members Public

The growing gap between Brown and Green building value

Lucienne Mosquera, Managing Partner, at SustainCRE has published some interesting analysis on the growing evidence of a Brown discount in the global real estate market. According to their research "in their current form, around 97% of today’s commercial buildings will not support the transition to net zero. This

Sandy Jayaraj
Members Public

Hydrogen for UK home heating ruled out; still important for industry

The 2nd National Infrastructure Assessment report came out during the third week of October. This is particularly interesting: "The Commission’s analysis demonstrates that there is no public policy case for hydrogen to be used to heat individual buildings. It should be ruled out as an option to enable