Entries by Russ Avery

What Effect Will Today’s Disruptors Have on the Future of Work?

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, machine deep learning, Internet of Things, big data analytics to name but are a few are the buzz words we now hear regularly. Will these define the Future of Work or is there a greater dynamic? Recent research by Oxford university estimates that a staggering 35% of jobs could be replaced by […]

The Circular Economy and Its Role as a Driver of Sustainability

Thinking consciously about how natural resources are used has always been a core topic at the DGNB. Right from the beginning, the DGNB has offered a certification system that favours a holistic approach to carbon footprints. Therefore, this has always involved not only the conscious selection of building materials according to their composition and origin, […]

Virtual Reality: A Transformation in Property Viewing

How do we create a future in the present? How can we gain perception with emotion, space and feeling in a property that does not exist? What is Virtual Reality? Virtual Reality gives a sense of presence, evoking the senses inside the brain of what appears to be real but is made of reconstructive 3D […]

Seeing is…Believing? The Pitfalls of Measuring Air Quality.

In a pre-industrialised world, there were many things we didn’t need to worry about: food additives, sugary drinks, car accidents and – other than in exceptional cases – air quality. The human being comes equipped with an excellent array of safety warning features: visual aids to sense danger in advance, aural sensors alerting us to […]

Introducing Botanic Horizon – BoHo

Cities are mostly found in human friendly – resources rich – like agricultural or coastal environments. Growing cities depend on available space and therefore use the two sun exposed flat and vertical dimensions as intensively as possible. The flat expansion reduces often the most fertile and life supporting ground and its ecosystem, while vertical expansion […]

Energy Management – The New Generation

Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the global energy use and one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. 75% of the buildings in Germany were erected before 1979, this means they have really bad energy efficiency standards. Thus, the building sector has the largest potential for avoiding significant and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions. […]

Simplicity is the Key for a Sustainable Future

One simple way for us to achieve global emission reduction is to reduce our energy use. We don’t need to change our lifestyle, but rather use technology to help us waste less energy, for example by turning things off when they are not needed. You’re probably thinking this should be easy. Unfortunately, we often forget […]