Research conducted by Professor Short in the use of natural ventilation
and passive cooling in non-domestic buildings is altering policies and
plans in the refurbishment of existing healthcare buildings and in
new-build for acute and primary care, both within and outside the UK.
Moreover, the massive demolition and replacement of healthcare building
stock, presumed to be required to simultaneously adapt to the increased
ambient temperatures due to climate change and mitigate carbon emissions
through improved energy efficiency, has been shown to be unnecessary.
Zoe Svendsen's 3rd Ring Out: Rehearsing the
Future (3RO; 2010-2011) enhanced public understanding of and
engagement with one of the most important social issues of our times
through novel modes of performance and communication both live and online.
This practice-as-research performance project had significant impact on a
broad range of audience-participants, including policy-makers, local
authorities, climate change communicators, other artists working in the
field of art and climate change, children of school age and the general
public. The project continues to attract requests for talks, policy
meetings and/or further performances. The impact to date includes altering
perceptions of both art and climate change, and of the relationship
We developed technology that uses polymer particles to replace much of
the water that is employed in conventional clothes washing. The innovative
technology is protected by several international patents and was
commercialised in 2006 via the spin-out company Xeros Ltd. In August 2012,
Xeros sold its first commercial-scale (25kg capacity) machine in the UK
high street market and also installed the commercial-scale machine at a US
commercial laundry, enabling typical savings of upto 70% less water, 50%
less chemicals and 50% less energy than traditional methods and, hence,
significantly reduced carbon footprint; Xeros plans to introduce a
domestic-scale washing machine in 2014.