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In 2013, BRE organised this conference on addressing fire risk specifically in tall buildings.

In 2015, LABC organised this conference on addressing fire risk including in tall buildings.

Now might be a good time for inviting these same speakers to a major conference at RIBA on the same subject? 

GRENFELL TOWER – NOW IS THE TIME FOR MEANINGFUL CHANGE

Matthew Taylor's excellent blog posting at the RSA website is of relevance to all of society, including the construction industry, where much greater collaboration is needed to adopt new technologies in the design and construction of new and existing buildings, to make them fit for the 21st century.

In 2014 the Edge invited Paul Morrell to chair a Commission of Inquiry into the future of professionalism in the built environment/construction industry. Tomorrow the Edge launches the resulting report, which explores the key issues facing professionals and their institutions at this ‘moment for change’. To attend the event follow this link and join the discussion of this critical issue for the industry and its professional institutions.

I remember the day the penny dropped. As a school kid in 1975 I arrived home from school for my summer holidays to see new houses being built on rich farmland across the fields from my bedroom window. I had learned at school how Britain hardly managed to feed itself during the u-boat blockade of the 2nd world war, and asked myself: how can we afford to cover over fields with new houses while meeting our need for food?

It's at this time of the year especially that I get a real buzz from the solar array on top of my house, and from the green roof planting that thrives in the cool shade beneath. From Spring to Autumn it's a real pleasure to go home and see how much heat has been harvested from the free energy of the sun. Normally from Spring to Autumn the domestic hot water for both the main house and the rented flat is virtually free. Indeed at present too much energy is produced and the plan one day is to use the 11metre long pool in the garden as a solar dump for all the excess solar energy.

In a previous blog posting based upon the thoughts of Dr Iona Heath, the destruction of the bond between society and their trusted medical advisors, and mentors was explained. An objective of the Thatcher government was to undermine the influence of ethical professionals and deliver the public into the hands of commercial 'service providers'. I saw these tactics at reasonably close quarters.

This is the product of another email from the great Bill Bordass:

The pdf attachment is written by Donella H. "Dana" Meadows who was a pioneering American environmental scientist, teacher and writer. She is best known as lead author of the influential book The Limits to Growth.

Written in 1997, I think the relevance of this has increased with time.

The attachment was sent to me by Bill Bordass who with Richard Lorch and Stephen Hill is a passionate advocate of 'New Professionalism'.

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