The shape of things to come

first_imgThe world is changing fast in a multitude of different dimensions. If one stops to think about it too long, it can be disconcerting. One thing is for sure: whatever we think the future holds, the reality is likely to be very different. Perhaps the accuracy of our predictions matters less than the intent. Because without a vision of the future, how can we take decisions today or tomorrow that will enable us to build a better world?So let us assume our vision is “a built environment that enables a high quality of life for people within limits our planet can support”. First articulated by the UK Green Building Council, this vision is now shared by many organisations responsible for shaping the built environment.But do we all fully appreciate what this means? Through a process of visualisation, based on changes we believe we will face imminently, perhaps we can get closer to what such a vision might look like in practice. In the last few months, JLL has initiated a major piece of thought leadership into the megatrends that are likely to affect the real estate sector – here is an early preview.Megatrend 1: Clean-tech revolutionOur starting point here is the commitment we have made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 in the UK and across Europe. To achieve this, all new buildings will need to be net positive on energy and carbon to compensate for residual emissions associated with the 60% or so of our 2015 stock that will still be around. Individual buildings will be powered by decentralised community-owned systems that generate renewable electricity, heat and cooling, with high capacity storage and low transmission losses. Flat urban surfaces – whether vertical, horizontal, or diagonal – will be covered in photovoltaic film barely detectable by the human eye, as a result of our advances in nanotechnology. Cities will be dotted with wind and solar power hubs and, of course, we will have transformed the efficiency of existing homes such that the term “fuel poverty” is no longer understood.Megatrend 2: Urbanisation and the rise of land and resource scarcityBy 2050, somewhere in the range of 66-75% of people will be living in cities. This will lead to the emergence of new satellite, largely residential towns constellated around major conurbations to house workers. These will have been developed due to poor housing supply and chronic overpricing within city centres, but also due to massive public and private investment in infrastructure, resulting in fast, low-carbon mass-transit systems.Volatility in commodity pricing and severe shortages of certain resources (such as water and rare metals) will have dramatically changed the way in which the construction industry operates. Prefabrication, on-site assembly, natural methods of construction, and biomimic design will all feed into a more circular economy, as construction and demolition waste is eliminated and materials-exchange schemes become the norm.Megatrend 3: Ageing demographics and the growing importance of ‘wellness’With the proportion of elderly expected to rise by 50% by 2030, the typical real estate portfolio will have adapted significantly – both in terms of asset allocation and physical design features. Healthcare and small-scale retail facilities will be integrated within residential schemes, and sophisticated mechanisms to allocate carers to patients will maintain a high quality of life for elderly people within buildings they call “homes”.The quest for wellness will have continued apace, as individuals increasingly recognise the link between their wellbeing and surroundings. Boundaries between inside and outside will become increasingly blurred, as design emphasis focuses on reconnecting people to the natural world. This will take place through biomimic design, green spaces and parks, integrated design such as green walls, vertical farms, roof gardens, and even digitally enhanced video screens showing uplifting scene-scapes or views.Megatrend 4: Technology and smart citiesThe performance gap between a building’s anticipated performance and how it actually operates will have all but disappeared. Buildings will be digitally optimised so that resource efficiency, materials recycling and energy profiling can be delivered through the Internet of Things, which itself will offer growing networks of low-cost sensors and actuators for data collection and monitoring in buildings, supporting smarter decision-making and asset management.The growing population of urbanites buying their varied goods online will have led to a drastic rethink of retailers’ logistics networks. Look out for “urban logistics” units – or small thin parcel hubs with extensive loading facilities embedded in cities, enabling rapid response and delivery times. Julie Hirigoyen is UK head of sustainability JLL and incoming chief executive UK Green Building Council. She will be speaking in the Ecobuild session “Visions of the future: Five big ideas”, Thursday 5 March, 15.00 – 16.00View the full Ecobuild programme here >>Register for free here >>last_img read more

Calls for negative Tipp fans to travel & support against Waterford

first_imgTipp FM analyst Ken Hogan says the team need the county’s support…Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Sundays Munster hurling championship round 3 Tipperary versus Waterford comes in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh and the Husqvarna Sales & Service Centre @ Arrabawn, Tyone Mill, Nenagh Couch pundits in Tipperary have been criticized by former Tipp manager Ken Hogan, for their negative outlook on the team.He’s called on them to get behind the Premier’s hurlers, and to travel to the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.Tipp face Waterford – who have yet to secure a point in the Munster Championship – in Limerick, where the Deise are playing home games this year.last_img

Flying Doc on the podium again

first_imgDr. Iain Corness (right) drives his 1973 Ford Escort Mk 1 through a curve at Bira International Circuit during the TOYO 3K race meeting, Sunday, September 3.The Pattaya Mail’s senior correspondent showed once more at the Prince Bira Circuit that his motor racing career is not over yet.Driving one of the oldest cars on the grid, a Ford Escort Mk 1 1973, at the recent TOYO 3K race meeting, and dealing with a brake problem all weekend, Dr. Iain Corness finished with a 3rd and a 4th placing following some intense work from the TR Motorsport team and some grim determination from the driver.Well done Doc!last_img

PSG confirm signing of Ben Arfa from Nice on a two-year deal

first_img Sport EN 01/07/2016 at 15:09 “Our fans have been anticipating the arrival of a player of his style and I know he will provide them with a lot of excitement on the field.” The French forward had interested Barcelona earlier this summer and was also in talks with Sevilla, but has opted to pen a two-year deal with the Ligue 1 champions.  “It is an honour that the club is giving me this opportunity, making this dream come true.” Ben Arfa, 29, told the club’s official website: “Signing with Paris Saint-Germain is a very happy and a proud moment. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi added: “For numerous years now, Hatem has been a major player in French football and was one of the most brilliant players in Ligue 1 last season. center_img Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa on a free transfer from Nice.  “Paris Saint-Germain has always been a very special team for me, so to wear this jersey at the Parc des Princes is a childhood dream.  CEST Ben Arfa scored 17 goals and created six mores for Nice last season, recapturing his best form after an underwhelming time in England with Newcastle United and Hull City.  He has previously played for Lyon and Marseille, too, and has been capped 15 times by France.last_img read more

Dressed to the nines

first_imgWHETHER it be for a special occasion or a casual night out, you will find the right outfit at Pakman…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img