Former head of content development and sustainability at NBS/ RIBA Enterprises
John Gelder was at NBS/ RIBA Enterprises from 2000 to 2014, latterly as head of content development and sustainability. He is currently a lecturer in Construction at the University of South Australia and a member of buildingSMART.
During John's time at NBS he was involved in the development of NBS Create and Uniclass2 (both launched in 2012), and of the NBS Sustainability Survey 2012. He participated in iCIM, a TSB-funded research project with Northumbria University and others, which prototyped the automation of the calculation of embodied carbon and other attributes (first shown in 2012).
John was a member of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and BSI committee B/558 Sustainability of construction works, and was on the BRE Green Guide to Specification and TSB IMPACT Project Steer Groups. He has written many articles on aspects of sustainability for theNBS.com and others.
The UK construction industry has been making strides towards greater collaboration for many years but never truly embraced the concept. The rise of BIM is spurring new efforts - we look at progress so far.