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Nigel Howard is a busy but happy man. 'I have the best job I could have,' he says, having just taken over as director of the bre's Centre for Sustainable Construction, following the retirement of Roger Baldwin. He is trained as a chemist, not the most obvious discipline perhaps, but a lot of his work is to do with the embodied energy of products and, he says, 'I find it very useful. I can understand industrial processes and thermodynamics, so I can tell if I am having the wool pulled ...


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