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Anthony Thistleton-Smith

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  • Comment on: ‘Architecture is political; it’s time for the timber revolution’

    Anthony Thistleton-Smith's comment 5 December, 2018 3:57 pm

    Calculations that state that timber has three times the embodied energy as timber only consider the energy in production. While this is not false, it obscures the full carbon emissions, discounting the production of carbon dioxide in the manufacture of concrete (calcium carbonate is thermally decomposed, producing lime and carbon dioxide). More importantly there is not consideration of the CO2 absorbed during growth and stored in the timber.
    All the figures we use in our calculations include this and are net of production and transportation emissions.
    Concrete and steel account for around 11.5% of annual global CO2 emissions. The average carbon footprint of a UK home, aggregated across housing types and construction method is 21 tonnes CO2e.
    Comparing this with a CLT built home results in a potential saving of 40 tonnes CO2e per home.
    Most agencies focussing on combatting climate change, such as the Committee for Climate Change, have identified planning more tress as the single most effective way of reducing global warming.

  • Comment on: Could you live in OFIS’s 30m² micro-home?

    Anthony Thistleton-Smith's comment 4 September, 2018 1:27 pm

    I would like to understand why providing funnel shaped spaces with sloping floors is efficient: 1) from a construction point of view; 2) in terms of how they might stack and 3) the quality of space they produce.
    This is utterly pointless - a triumph of designer's conceit over any form of practicality.
    This does not test compact living, it tests the patience of anyone trying to devise a reasonable approach to solving the current housing crisis.

  • Comment on: RIBA staff tackle Waugh Thistleton office raiders

    Anthony Thistleton-Smith's comment 3 June, 2011 12:31 pm

    What a fantastic service the RIBA now offers - active premises security - surely worth an increase in subscriptions.

    A big thank you to the four who stepped in without a thought fro their safety. A bottle is on it's way.