Stone Digital 6 - Innovation for sustainable design – back to basics, post-tensioned stone and lightweight façades

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Climate change and a new stone age

23 Feb 2022
Stone Digital
Climate change is making us think again about our whole way of life and the necessary changes with which we are faced affect everything. It will have come as a surprise to some to discover that the pre-industrial world was almost wholly environmentally benign, while almost everything ‘modern’ that we have learned since the industrial revolution has turned out to be damaging. Traditional building, with locally sourced natural materials, manual labour and skill did no harm and, with maintenance, updating and repurposing, could last for hundreds of years. Modern materials and construction are by comparison, energy extravagant, carbon emitting, wasteful and polluting. The clock doesn’t go back, but what can we learn from the past and re-apply to the future? 
James Simpson, OBE, Consultant - Simpson & Brown Architects and Chairman of the Building Limes Forum

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