March 29, 2021

Regenerative Design - The Living Building Challenge - Martin Brown - BS045

Regenerative Design - The Living Building Challenge - Martin Brown - BS045

Martin Brown joins me to discuss how we can make regenerative buildings. We discuss Martin's 'Zoom Regenerative' which was alongside Building Sustainability in the ASBP 2021 Awards final. We also discuss The Living Building Challenge to find out what it is and how it works.

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Martin Brown

Sustainability Provocateur

Martin is an innovative sustainability ‘provocateur’, advocate and business improvement consultant with his Fairsnape practice, based in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire UK.

Building on his 45 years UK and overseas experience in project management, business improvement and sustainability he now supports many leading organisations and practices.

Martin explores our sustainable future, sharing powerful messages and inspiring stories, highlighting the tough choices we face and the opportunities we have to create a better tomorrow.

From understanding climate change, reconnecting with nature, rethinking carbon management and the materials we use in our buildings, he acknowledges we can all imagine better and provokes improvement.

Our built environment is facing an avalanche of disruptive change; methods of design and construction; digital technical and financial; social and climate imperatives; shifts in investment and a new understanding of how we value buildings. Some of these disruptions are from within our sector, far many more are external. Martin alerts us to the next and emerging issues that organisations must address now for a sustainable and future built environment sector.

Author: FutuREstorative, Working Towards a New Sustainability, RIBA 2016,

Advisor and co-founder Living Future Institute Europe

RESTORE: Co-Founder and Vice Chair of RESTORE (Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy), a 4 Year EU Cost Action research network.

Living Building Challenge: Ambassador, founder of the UK Collaborative and advisor to the Cuerden Valley Park Visitor Center, the first project to be designed and constructed to meet the Living Building Challenge standard.

Rethinking Carbon: Co-Founder of online construction carbon tool, ConstructCO2

Business Improvement: Auditor, Facilitator and Consultant

Collaborative Working: Through Constructing Excellence, Martin champions industry collaborative initiatives including BIM. He is Chair of the Lancashire Constructing Excellence Club.

Influence: Martin tweets, blogs, lectures, presents and writes widely on sustainability and social responsibility issues from plastic pollution to modern slavery. He regularly features highly in social media influence listings.

Inspiration: a connectivity with nature and a love for the outdoors