John Grant is a senior lecturer in Sustainable Construction and Climate Change at Sheffield Hallam University.
In this episode, John covers:
- How he decided to study an undergraduate degree in town planning and his original career ambition to become a police officer. [Starts at 2:05]
- His move in to postgraduate study on environmental management; his interest piqued by Jim Hanson’s 1988 Congressional testimony on climate change. [Starts at 4:38]
- His involvement in sustainable cities research, funded by the European Union. [Starts at 6:44]
- The designing of his own zero-carbon home and what it would look like. [Starts at 12:15]
- The community of sustainable housing near Newark – Hockerton Housing Project. [Starts at 25:50]
- The importance of retrofitting the existing housing stock to make them energy efficient. [Starts at 29:39]
- Loft insulation, window replacement and making a house plan. [Starts at 38:19]
- His future book – “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse”; essentially the same strategies for going zero-carbon. [Starts at 41:25]
- What the world looks like in 2050 – two possible scenarios suggested; the very shiny and the very dark. [Starts at 45:05]
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