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Centre For Climate Repair, Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE | Flipping buildings from carbon source to sink

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Nick Breeze

Climate journalist and host of Shaping The Future podcast.

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald | Cambridge Centre For Climate Repair

In this episode of Shaping The Future, I am speaking with the Director of the Centre for Climate Repair in Cambridge, Dr Shaun Fitzgerald about how buildings can be adapted for climate resilience and the potential for flipping them from carbon sources to carbon sinks.

With many of the world’s largest future cities yet to be built and much of the existing infrastructure in developed countries being unfit for extreme climate scenarios, it is essential that building development projects and innovation are able to meet and beat the challenges that lay ahead. Recent extreme climate catastrophes demonstrate that we need to start adapting to climate change right now and at scale.

The theme of adaptation planning is one that I will be exploring more in the coming weeks. If you are listening on Youtube or GENN.cc or another podcast channel, please do post your thoughts on the content in the comments and I will always read and try to reply.

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3 thoughts on “Centre For Climate Repair, Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE | Flipping buildings from carbon source to sink”

  1. “The answer to the climate problem are the first 2” (reduce, remove). I wish he could have said something more about the “reduce” part and policy. Are they working on policy to define “unnecessary” projects, e.g. maximum living space per unit, sports arenas in the desert etc

  2. Optimus Phoenix Prime

    As another example
    Solar reflective skin
    Maybe nanotechnology or whatever
    Whatever form Resilience comes in
    Or efficiency
    Some call it sun tan location
    But can something be designed out on nanotechnology and biotechnology and maybe synthetic technology
    As an example
    I can’t necessarily say for sure
    But Ideas like this to me has value
    In essence
    Some of the more natural ways are still useful
    Prevention
    However
    I don’t think as a designer organisms
    Tool and knowledge based organisms
    Nature sets propensities
    To be more Resilient is to be more efficient
    We seek efficiency to one degree or another
    Naturally
    Adaptation to that condition or lots of Stratification conditions
    Whatever is possible
    And required for continuum
    Assuming that is what some would like more then other’s
    I don’t know what we will be in a hundred thousand years from now
    Unknown variables I cannot consider yet
    Just saying
    How to evolve is what I’m saying
    Its a learning process
    But we do need some sun
    Without getting the skin damaged
    It could be rooted in a certain spectrum of colors
    Or whatever
    Geometric aspects or whatever shape works best
    What is efficiency and balanced in change is the only constant
    To evolve means a few things
    To adapt is important isn’t it?
    What is required to manage or overcome that condition
    As an example
    Maybe a cryopod bed 🤔
    Minimum
    At least 1 room needs cooling
    Hypothetically
    But the entire unit is fine
    But absolutely Minimum
    1 room
    Hypothetically
    That is less energy but less convenient
    But its something at the least
    Hypothetically
    Until something can be restored
    Regeneration processes or whatever
    Whatever is possible and required
    Hypothetically
    Not always a I want
    The universe sets forth certain propensities we must adapt to
    Hypothetically

  3. CfCA Collective for Climate Action

    Excellent podcast Nick, we recommend you on our website for the Collective for Climate Action and share regularly through the Cross Gov Climate Hub. Podcasts are cincistently strong, short and with great guests. Not much to say about you improving though….. For now. Well done

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