Building better environments

We keep an eye on issues around the world that affect people and property in the built environment.

Smoky coal Ban Spring 2021 Poster

Positive moves by Irish government to tackle air pollution In recent days, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, said that there will be tougher restrictions needed if Ireland intends to reduce emissions across the country. Therefore, a process of public consultation is …

Cartoon houses Noise Polution

Noise reduction is one of the few benefits of the global pandemic, but there is also a downside. Over the past 11 months, we have been writing about how noise pollution has reduced in cities all around the world as a result of the pandemic. …

Global Actions to Control Noise Sonitus

Last month, Noise News International published the first in a series of articles by Walter Montano documenting the history of global actions seeking to control noise. Last month, Noise News International published the first in a series of articles by Walter Montano documenting the history …

Dhaka Skyline Picture

A stark headline in the UK publication The Guardian earlier this month cautioned that ‘Air pollution will lead to mass migration’. A stark headline in the UK publication The Guardian earlier this month cautioned that ‘Air pollution will lead to mass migration’. This worrying commentary …

Importance of indoor air quality monitoring

There has been an increased awareness of – and emphasis on – the monitoring of indoor air quality over recent years and this awareness heightened over the past 10 months, in the context of Covid-19. There has been an increased awareness of – and emphasis …

Workplace acoustics Sonitus Poster

Tackling noise in the workplace comes down to understanding the basic principles of effective acoustics and incorporating these into interior design and fitout materials. Last month we wrote about The Evolving Role of Buildings in Supporting Health & Wellbeing, and it is indeed an evolving …

Clean air week 2020 poster

Clean Air Week is an annual, global, awareness-raising campaign designed to inform and educate members of the public about the quality of air in their region and the importance of protecting and, indeed improving that. Clean Air Week is an annual, global, awareness-raising campaign designed …

Buildings supporting health

How can sensor technology be integrated into building designs to help promote the comfort and wellbeing of the people that use them? The WorldGBC is a global network of Green Building Councils that are leading the transformation of the built environment to make it healthier …

Smart buildings graphic

Smart buildings are full of devices that are entirely dumb until they are connected to the internet. It is the connectedness that makes a smart building smart. As we embark on a second lockdown, it is becoming increasingly clear that offices and workplaces will not …