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Whole Life Carbon – Pioneering research at Elementa

Aug 15,2019

The next phase in sustainable construction As the construction industry continues to strive towards a greener way of operating, many are discovering that the next phase of sustainable construction is understanding the concept of ‘Whole Life Carbon’. While it has been standard practice for some time to reduce operational carbon emissions, it is not yet…

Climate Innovation Forum 2019: The built environment must prevent rising carbon fast as climate emergency is declared

Jul 10,2019

Today a BBC news headline declared “The UK has been dealt a “brutal reality check” on its climate change ambitions” from environmentalists. The story highlights that the government’s official climate change advisers are warning ministers that they are failing to cut emissions fast enough and adapt to rising temperatures. This comes after the recent declaration…

The Strand Palace Hotel, Full Of Stories Is Now Back-On-Top

Jun 25,2019

The Glory Days The Strand Palace hotel has had a long and colourful history. During the 1930’s it became an art-deco showcase, boasting an eye-catching entrance now on display at the V&A museum, 980 bedrooms and coal fired steam boilers salvaged from World War I battleships. The Winter Garden restaurant seated over 500 guests under…

Daylight Hour 2.0

Jun 10,2019

We already know saving electricity is not only good economical sense, but also positively impacts the environment by reducing green house gas emissions that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere further adding to the already delicate state of our planet. However, there is another, just as important reason to switch off lights and bask in…

Connecting My Passions and Interests

Jun 03,2019

Climbing the Ladder In 2008 after completing my GCSEs I was, like so many other young people, at a crossroads trying to decide what to do with my future. Whilst I was passionate about graphic design and science at school, I had always been interested in building renovation and architecture. Through my school, I found…

INTEGRAL INSIGHT: Urban Land Institute 2019 Spring Meeting Recap

May 13,2019

Principal Brenden McEneaney was invited to Urban Land Institute’s Spring Meeting in Nashville. Here are some of his key takeaways from the thought leaders in real estate and urban development. The Music Hasn’t Stopped…Yet The US industry has been in “extra innings” this cycle for a while. Leading economists project stable, average growth through 2021 with some contraction…

Renovating a Piece of History with Modern Sustainable Strategies

May 10,2019

The Russell Hotel opened in 1900 to the designs of architect Charles Fitzroy Doll, boasting a restaurant identical in design to the dining room on the RMS Titanic. As one of London’s original “Grande Dame” hotels, the Kimpton Fitzroy – as it is now known – is steeped in history. With deep expertise working with…

“The Corral” Energy Infrastructure of the Future

May 06,2019

The Land Art Generator provides a platform for artists, architects, landscape architects, and other creatives working with engineers and scientists to bring forward solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures that enhance the city as works of public art while cleanly powering thousands of homes. Erica Mak of Integral Group and Jaroslav Dedic of D’Ambrosio Architecture +…

When Buildings Learn from our Bodies

Apr 12,2019

Our high performance future will be “automatic” and “somatic” Many of humanity’s greatest technological advances and unexpected innovations have happened when engineers drew inspiration from related fields or from the natural world. The late Owen Finlay Maclaren helped design the Spitfire’s landing gear – and later invented the folding pram by applying his knowledge of…

Wood You Believe It?

Nov 26,2018

In a continual effort to pursue embodied carbon reductions within buildings, Toronto’s Integral Group are helping to instigate and drive the viability of Mass Timber construction. Advancements in wood product technology and systems are a driving force in producing highly innovative wood buildings that are being developed around the globe. The integration of the most…

The Beauty of Working Together

Aug 10,2018

I had the pleasure of acting as Project Manager on one of Integral Group’s latest Zero Net Energy projects, the San Francisco International Airport’s Consolidated Administration Campus (SFO CAC). The 130,000 ft2 project, which is beginning occupancy, will consolidate several departments currently scattered throughout the airport facilities, and well as provide museum-collections storage for the…

Cast Iron: Leading The Way For Public Health Engineering

Apr 03,2018

Amanda Stanley – Senior Public Health Engineer As a public health engineer, I have often found myself frustrated at the limitations of products and systems. To me, the true job description of an engineer is to problem solve, face challenges and create new, dynamic and innovative ways to overcome these, with lessons learnt as positive…

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