OCTOBER 8 | BUILDING PRODUCTS
Anyone who has ever visited an industrial estate will
know that they are not the most attractive of places
and the New Hythe Business Park in Aylesford, Kent,
is no different. It’s a mass of grey; vast warehouse and
factory units behind iron gates, with lorries and cars spilling out
onto the surrounding streets and chimney stacks in the distance.
But, on a recent visit to the site, I was pleasantly surprised to
fi nd a biophilic oasis emerging from the smoke and the silos, in
the form of Polypipe’s new blue-green offi ce roof (and you can
read more about it on page 19 of this issue).
Combining water management with the creation of an
outdoor amenity for staff, as well as habitat for plants, insects
and other wildlife, this ‘intelligent’ roof system is just one
example of the continued efforts of the construction sector to
counteract the challenges presented by urbanisation and the
looming spectre of global warming.
As the world’s leading scientists warn that extensive action
is required to keep a “climate change catastrophe” at bay,
following a landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC), the ‘green’ agenda has never been
The report found that limiting global warming to 1.5°C –
and thus averting all manner of destruction caused by issues
such as fl ooding, drought, the loss of animals, habitat and
ecosystems and in turn, shortage of food, would require “rapid
and far-reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings,
transport and cities.”
According to the scientists and the laws of chemistry and
physics, the best-case scenario of diverting disaster is possible,
but doing so would require “unprecedented changes”.
It’s vital that we must all do our bit, and this issue of Building
Products is full of companies, supplying everything from
concrete to solid-fuel heating systems, who are endeavouring to
do just that. But there is always more we can do...
I hope you enjoy the issue and if you have any comments or
suggestions with regard to future issues of Building Products, I
would love to hear from you.
Sophie Stevens, Editor
Hawley Mill, Hawley Road,
Dartford, Kent, DA TJ
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