International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018: – QSAND supporting the reduction in direct disaster economic losses

The International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every 13th October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. Each year a different theme of disaster reduction is highlighted, and for 2018 the focus is on reduction of economic losses as a result of disasters globally. This corresponds to target … Continue reading “International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018: – QSAND supporting the reduction in direct disaster economic losses”

Earth Overshoot Day 2018

Today, August 1st, has been announced as 2018 Earth Overshoot Day; by the Global Footprint Network (GFT). This is the day when yearly global human consumption of natural resources passes the point that can be regenerated naturally. Earth Overshoot Day has been identified by comparing our global ecological footprint, or how fast we consume resources … Continue reading “Earth Overshoot Day 2018”

The Humanitarian Shelter is now open!

The Humanitarian Shelter is now officially open! The red ribbon was cut by Deborah Pullen (BRE Trust) and Jamie Richardson (Catholic Relief Services) at the latest addition to the BRE Watford Innovation Park, during the UK Shelter Forum event on Friday (17th November). Created by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in collaboration with BRE, the shelter is a life … Continue reading “The Humanitarian Shelter is now open!”

Cycling for Healthcare Buildings in Myanmar – a project for Article 25 and the BRE Trust

In February this year, I got an email from a contact of BREEAM, Tom Dollard from PTE Architects, asking if I would be interested in taking on an exciting challenge. That challenge would be cycling 500 miles around Myanmar, whilst raising money for charity and undertaking building research in the healthcare sector. This presented a … Continue reading “Cycling for Healthcare Buildings in Myanmar – a project for Article 25 and the BRE Trust”

Celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13th October!

The International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every 13th October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. Over the last 20 years, over 1.35 million people have died as a result of their vulnerability … Continue reading “Celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13th October!”

In Response to Recent Devastating Natural Disasters, BRE & CRS Exhibit Emergency Relief Humanitarian Shelter

The increasing number and scale of natural disasters throughout the world, highlighted by the recent Hurricane Irma, has given rise to a collaborative exhibit by BRE and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that will be unveiled at BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford on 17 November. The 17.5m² Humanitarian Shelter demonstrates construction types and dynamic approaches that … Continue reading “In Response to Recent Devastating Natural Disasters, BRE & CRS Exhibit Emergency Relief Humanitarian Shelter”

The buildings that help rebuild lives and communities

With the increasing impact of climate change the number of natural disasters is growing rapidly. How do we ensure that affected communities can quickly and sustainably recover and rebuild their lives and communities? Providing shelter for displaced people and families is one of the first critical components of disaster relief. Shelters need to be designed … Continue reading “The buildings that help rebuild lives and communities”