Monthly Archives November 2009

“I absolutely promise that I will do the Green Thing or may my soul frazzle to a crisp in a globally super-warmed hell of my own making. “ That is what you must shout out from the top of a roof once you have joined the Green Thing. Well, not literally but the message contained encapsulates […]

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  The RIBA sent out this news cover informing members of the launch of Ska rating. It highlights nicely the free use of the system and is interesting that it describes it as diy! Very appropriate language and tag. Let’s see if it catches on! “Fit-outs to compete for sustainability gold standard Office fit-outs now have […]

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This September I attended a full day of talks at the Design Council during Design Week.  The issues were focusing on sustainability and the influence we have as designers. The areas covered ranged from fasion and travel to product and environment design. Needles to say it was very interesting, provocative, challenging, and stimulating. Throughout the […]

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Pli Design has produced a number of pieces that comply with the Ska rating criteria and general principles. The Reee chair especially, made from recycled consumer waste derived from one source is a great example of future furniture making. The chain of custody has been retained by a leading brand name console manufacturer (I believe […]

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End-Of-The-Day Questions

13 November, 2009
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Did I make someone giggle, smile or laugh today? Did I take the time to really listen to someone today, with rapt attention, as if nothing else mattered in that precious moment but the words they spoke and the look in their eyes? Did I allow myself to focus on all the blessings in my […]

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The 3 Pillars of Sustainability There are many interpretations of the words Sustainability and Sustainable; they are used as a verb to describe a process that can take place continuously, and they are also used as an industry term to describe a product’s state. The World Commission on Environment and Development in 1989 defined it […]

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Coffee shops

08 November, 2009
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Matthew Hopkinson, Director at Local Data Source following the launch of their coffee shop report discussed the current market and coffee shop trends on the BBC news. The following points and observations are worth noting: Office spaces are squeezed and coffee shops are offering alternative business meeting zones Coffee shops feel and are safe What […]

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Thought for Today

07 November, 2009
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“Create Vision Never believe anyone who says we cannot change. Vision is one of the secrets of personal transformation. We are all artists, our mind is the arena of creation and vision is what we are constantly creating. What is your vision of yourself today – patient, relaxed, positive or tense, tight and negative? What […]

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Energy Saving System

07 November, 2009
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Chapman Ventilation is a specialist design and build ventilation and air conditioning company, working entirely in the leisure and fine dining sectors.  Recently they have created an energy saving operating system, which in broad terms does the following: Cuts Restaurant energy costs by 20% Pays for itself between 9 and 18 months Can be retrospectively fitted […]

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