by Richard McPartland
Last amended on
31 August 2017
FuturREstorative: Working Towards a New Sustainability
This book furthers the debate on new sustainability thinking in the built environment by bringing together a selection of contributions from thought leaders in the UK and the rest of the world with an overarching narrative from Martin Brown.
In recent years the sustainability focus has been mainly on the design and operation of new buildings. Brown convincingly argues that this traditional approach to energy efficiency is somewhat blinkered and instead attempts to shift the focus to new schools of thought based on ecology, science and health and not merely finance and business.
The result is an engaging discourse that reignites the green agenda by reframing the debate and advocating a radical change in direction.
Those looking to engage with a different thinking that will drive a new breed of solutions will find much to muse upon
There are obvious parallels with the Living Building Challenge - recognised as the built environment's most rigorous building performance standard and philosophy - but this book is not limited to this one route to regenerative or restorative sustainability. Nor does Brown ignore the practicalities, readily acknowledging that the journey towards a sustainable future will be highly challenging and no mere tick-box exercise.
Those seeking solutions for sustainability are well catered for elsewhere - those looking to engage with a different thinking that will drive a new breed of solutions will find much to muse upon when thinking through the consequences across construction, supply, manufacturing and facilities management. With FutuREstorative Martin Brown has put green thinking firmly back on the agenda.
About this book
Future REstorative was published by RIBA Publishing in August 2016. It is available to buy from RIBA Bookshops in paperback for £30 (usually £35) (ISBN 9781859466308) or as an ebook.
About the authorsMartin Brown is a strategic sustainability and business improvement consultant based in Lancashire, and as UK Living Building Challenge Ambassador is an acknowledged expert and advocate of sustainability innovation.