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Episode Thirteen: How Women Can Create Sustainable Change, Especially in Light of the IPCC Report

EP 13 Emma Nicholson and Sumele Aruofor
Written by Jackie De Burca

What’s on in Episode Thirteen

In Episode Thirteen, Henry McDonald interviews two women who are leading lights when it comes to creating sustainable change within the construction industry, especially in light of the IPCC Report of August 2021.

Listen to the 1-minute trailer for Episode Thirteen

Emma Nicholson, B.A, MSc, FCIOB, FIEMA, FWES, CEnv, FAPM, the Founding Director of Women in Sustainable Construction and Property

Emma is an accomplished and skilled Chartered Construction Manager and Chartered Environmentalist with Board level experience. She is passionate about achieving quality projects and was nominated in 2018 for an Excellence Award in quality of project delivery of Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds Library roof restoration.

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Emma Nicholson

Some quotes from Emma from the interview

Embodied carbon is really important at the very beginning of the design process, and also taking on board.. the circular economy.

I think there should be more Fossil Free construction sites. I’d also like there to be an analysis of embodied carbon. I think this needs to be more inherent in project design. …plus the inclusion of circular economy principles.

I think the next two decades are going to be about the rise of women in sustainability in construction, and in leadership roles. Just watch this space. We have got so many talented women out there!

Click here to discover more about Emma Nicholson.

Sumele Aruofor, Senior Strategic Marketing Manager for SketchUp at Trimble

Sumele Aruofor (RIBA Associate) uses her training and experience in architecture, interior architecture, and building performance design to create content that enables professionals in the AEC industry to leverage innovative technologies for better design and a more sustainable built environment. She applies this knowledge in her role as the Senior Strategic Marketing Manager at Trimble’s SketchUp and in designing residential projects in the UK.

Sumele Aruofor

Sumele believes that architects are uniquely positioned to positively impact the day-to-day experience of people, communities, economies, and the global climate. Through her work, she advocates for architects to see occupant comfort and building performance as a distinct criterion of great design, and for all AEC professionals to go beyond minimum regulatory requirements by analyzing energy and daylight early and often as part of the design process.

Some quotes from Sumele from the interview

I think an understanding of space and context, can make a massive impact on how we design as architects, and as people in the built environment, I think just that consciousness of context, and a care for the world, is kind of the starting point of any project that wants to be sustainable.

Can you design buildings that deliver the tectonic ideas of architecture, so materiality and constructability? But still think about how you cater to the comfort and the special needs of occupants. And balance that with how you use Earth’s resources? And I think, yes, we can, and we need to with even more intention than ever before, because the impact of our work is more crucial than ever.

I feel like architects have a really unique role in shaping the built environment. The spaces that they create are almost like the backdrop for the theatre of humanity. But then they use real things, right? They use real resources. And we can, you know, we have the ability to influence the ways that people live.

Ireland’s favourite TV Builder, Peter Finn

Episode Thirteen With Ireland’s Favourite TV Builder

Pete the Builder chats to Steve Randall about how women are well-positioned to drive sustainable change, now when we so badly need it, in the construction industry.

As always, Pete makes many good points while injecting his unique sense of humour.

Episode Thirteen starts the conversation about How Women Can Create Sustainable Change, Especially in Light of the IPCC Report. We will delve even further into this vital issue in early November at the Global Women in Construction Virtual Event.

About the author

Jackie De Burca

Creative director, author, podcaster, presenter and media consultant. De Burca’s first podcast, Creative Places and Faces, is ranked in the top two percent of all podcasts worldwide, by Listen Notes. She is also director of the award-winning digital agency, CWA with a client list that includes the construction industry. Over the years, she has developed creative concepts and written scripts for a series of health and safety videos, which were key to upgrading the safety practices of many companies.

As well as producing and directing, De Burca also teaches media to private and college students. She is committed to sustainability and connected to the environment, and its potential to nurture our lives.

De Burca is the author of Salvador Dalí at Home and the creator of Travel Inspires.

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