Central and local government are clearly failing here. But building regulations are monitored by private inspectors, there are building federations involved, and British Standards. Many local authorities have not produced guidance, and it is expensive and time consuming to do so. So what are we as designers and consumers to do?
A public enquiry? The experts at our Universities to produce definitive guidance. An IPCC policed rulebook? The RIBA to lead the profession, who are in the right place to meet standards, but are only involved in a small proportion of the building work undertaken?
Sounds like Michael Gove and DEFFRA. In the meantime, work it out ourselves, and make it a selling point for responsible developers and builders. The potential saving is hundreds of pounds a month.
Get rid of the car, and legalise drugs, cutting the cost, regulating quality and providing a tax take. Staycation. Sing song in the local. Live virtually free?!
Seriously, we can do this, and help save the planet.
The private sector realises that carbon neutral has become a design, and now sales feature. The public sector will follow suit?
Things are moving! We know what to do.
Yup, we early 50s kids took some hard knocks? Almost as bad as the 40s kids?
If we work diligently we can stop the worst results of climate change, and reward ourselves along the way? Get going today? Things will change, but they always have. The move from hunter gatherers to farming was a leap, and living with the animals gave us some interesting new diseases?!
Just don’t do a Soubry or Chuka. Canute didn’t turn the tide! And they are not barking up the right trees. Tragic waste of talent. Change nothing, die poor? Climate change was an issue amongst the intelligent twenty years ago. No one moved! So now is the time?
An open letter to Paul.
We can do this without wearing a hair shirt, let alone sack cloth and ashes?!
We can reuse existing buildings in all sorts of energy saving and producing ways. There is an old police station, very near where we met at the Curve enquiry that should be flats, with new penthouses on top, and surrounded by lower level houses. At the moment it is to be knocked down and replaced by the worst flats I have seen from the creative Pollard ThomasEdwards, themselves leaders in Code 5 technology in Cambridge and elsewhere! The locals, egged on by the silly Barbara Weiss, just want it demolished. It should be a mini Bosko Vertigale. As the Curve should be a full size Bosko Verticale, to keep Kew happy.
Hooray Heathrow is also based in Chiswick. I am going to tell them they need 10 runways, not 3 or 4, with a London Airport, non of them at Heathrow, which will become a Garden Suburb. Houses built directly off the existing runways. Saving energy, not using the arrow breaker? £1.5m/house? The director will be “unavailable” when I call in at the Barley Mow, but perhaps will find time later in the week? I haven’t worked on KL, HK and Terminal 5 for nothing?! You will still be able to sign in at Heathrow, but the proposed LARTS, round the M25, with spurs to Gatwick, Stansted etc will take you to your aeroplane. A better use of the 2 hour check in time? Business or pleasure, by some way the biggest international or domestic/short haul airport in the world. Fit for Brexit? When that happens!
Sorry team, I’m just repeating myself? Turn up at the public meeting if you want to see it all over again? Milk shakes will not be lobbed!
Don’t give up! There is a lot architects and the construction industry can do to help reduce global warming. Sitting on Waterloo Bridge and wasting police time isn’t really doing much, other than raise awareness.
Great. Now for action. My company is calling on TfL to help us build a Cycle Superhighway along the South bank of the Thames, from Greenwich and Thamesmead to Hampton Ct. We will do this using Green Bonds and Carbon Credits.
We are also calling on Ferrovial and the Dept of Transport to help build a new light railway round the M25 and out to Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Northolt and City Airport to create London Airport. The runways at Heathrow will be closed, and the site redeveloped as a Carbon Neutral Garden City.
We will need a lot of help! Sacking Chris Grayling is probably the first step. Getting the Mayors office onside is the next? Watch this space, get off the bridge, and start building some new ones over the Thames.