The money saved by sending e-cards has been donated to Cool Earth, helping to safeguard endangered rainforest. SInce 2009 BBM have secured 18 acres of peruvian rainforest, protecting 6720 trees and locking the equivalent of 7280 tonnes of carbon! For further details on Cool Earth and how to make a donation click here.
Charity: Cool Earth
The Cool Earth website
Location: Ashaninka, Peru
Further details: http://bbm-architects.co.uk/portfolio/carbon-offsetting/
Since 2009 BBM have donated money, which formerly had been used for printing and posting Christmas cards, towards safeguarding areas of the virgin Ashaninka rainforest of Peru through the charity, Cool Earth, who work alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. The Ashaninka are Peru’s largest indigenous nation. They have lived in Peru’s Central Selva for thousands of years and their way of life depends entirely upon the forest. The below icons show our running contribution totals.
Ten years ago (2003) the community of Cutivireni was 200 miles from the arc of deforestation. By 2008, the loggers were one mile away and offered hard cash for their trees. With every family below the poverty line but desperate to keep their forest standing, the village elder, Cesar Bustamante, contacted Cool Earth. Five years on not a single tree has been lost to loggers.
Why save rainforest? Rainforests cover only about 6% of the world’s surface and yet contain more than two thirds of the biodiversity and absorb about half of the world’s carbon. Each acre generates about 76,000 tonnes of fresh water into the global rain cycle annually but every year deforestation puts more CO2 into the atmosphere than the entire global transport sector.
For further information please visit the cool earth website here.
Magazine mention for Duncan and The Waste House
Leaf Review website: http://www.leading-architects.eu/
Section of magazine: Insight > Materials
Issue: No 22 -2016
Featured Disruptive Innovation Festival talk 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfuy_5BUviM
Featured Project: The Waste House
Leaf Review magazine have published their upcoming issue which includes details on Duncan’s recent DIF talk in November. The piece discusses re use and the circular economy and also refers to our award winning project The Waste House located at The University of Brighton.
Duncan’s new book “The Re-Use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy” is due to be released shortly and describes, via case studies from the worlds of design, fashion, food and architecture, clear ‘steps’ towards truly closed loop systems.
To read the full article please click here
Build It magazine publish BBM Projects
Photo Credits: “New House” Leigh Simpson And Rykehurst House BBM Sustainable Design Ltd
Magazine Issue: January 2017
Build It magazine have published two BBM projects in their January issue this week. Our award winning “New House” Hadlow Down, East Sussex is featured as the project of the month. We were commissioned to develop a sustainable master plan for the Hadlow Down country estate. The site contains the award winning “New House”, a Listed Oast House Retrofit, a Pool House and extensive landscaping.
Further on in the magazine Rykehurst House, Lewes, East Sussex, received a special mention within the expert help section for extending a heritage home. This large Victorian house in central Lewes was subject to a complete refurbishment with two rebuilt side extensions. BBM worked closely with the Client and interior designers, Chalkspace on the ideas and resolution for the internal layouts which were heavily modified as well as the careful selection of material finishes and fittings. The loft was converted with a high performance thermal construction which along with new double glazing throughout helped dramatically improve the building’s energy performance.
To download this months issue click here.
Goodbye and good luck
Today marks Stuart’s last day in the office here at BBM. We would like to wish Stu a safe trip and look forward to hearing his adventure stories upon his return! Below is an action shot taken this week on site in St Leonards-on Sea where Stuart has been the job runner throughout the build of the new light industrial unit. The project is due to be completed by early 2017.
Monday will be a busy day in the office as we will be welcoming a new team member Stephen, who joins us as an Architect. Check out the about us section on our website for more details!