Sustainablity Project History

Sustainability projects undertaken include:
  • Research prototype cloth sail wind power generator (Lancaster, UK 1972)
  • Research prototype water-skirted hovercraft for high speed low energy heavy good transport (Lancaster, UK 1973)
  • Non-dimensional analysis and modeliing of energy use of hghly energy efficient transport modalities (Lancaster, UK 1974)
  • Research into design of CVT vehicle gearbox to minimise fuel consumption for cars and small trucks (Leyland Cars, UK 1976-78)
  • Local small scale organic food production (UK, France, Spain, Australia, 1978 to date
  • Solar hot water system for farm (Corsica 1984)
  • Composting toilets developed and built (Corsica 1985)
  • Environmentally sensitive 2 story house (Corsica, built 1984-85)
  • Development of prototype solar hot water boost system for UK conditions (Lancaster, UK, 1988)
  • Development of wifi system for remote active control of institutional lighting and power delivery (submitted for UK government innovation funding, 1986)
  • Development of new form of aerial pre-germinated packaged tree seed distribution for remote desrt areas via ultra-light aircraft (led to UK provisional patent 1985)
  • Created software to assess heat losses in buildings and identify most environmentally approriate heating system (Lancaster, UK,  1986)
  • Solar potable water distillation systems (Almeria, Spain for Sunseed Trust 1987-89)
  • Review and evaluation of traditional high-strength floor and flat roofing systems in Almeria, Spain that use small section cane, plaster, cement and volcanic clay waterproofing in a structurally highly efficent matrix well suited to the high levels of earthquake activity due to its location on tectonic plate boundary (Almeria, Spain for Sunseed Trust 1986-89)
  • Review of flood-based irrigation distribution in traditional community-owned and worked village vegetable food production and its use of medieval Islamic irrigation systems and garden design (Almeria, Spain for Sunseed Trust 1986-89)
  • Solar electricity generation with battery storage for lighting and internet- computing  and system monitoring (Almeria, Spain for Sunseed Trust 1986-89)
  • Composting toilets developed and built  for (Almeria, Spain for Sunseed Trust 1986-89)
  • Research prototypes of solar water heating systems A(Almeria, Spain for Sunseed Trust 1986-89)
  • Maintenance of traditional (1000 year old) Islamic long distance water distribution networks (Almeria, Spain for Sunseed Trust 1986-89)
  • Development and sucessful testing prototype of solar water system that provides increased hot water volume at lowest use of supplementary power in hot temperate climate in Perth, Western Australia 1991-1994
  • Active member of international ECO2-IRN Eco-Design Research Group (UK, 1992-1998)
  • Research and expert interviews on design and effectiveness of composting toilets in Australia (Perth, WA, UWA 1997)
  • Development of prototype and sucessful testing of economical new technology for providing supplementary power support to stored solar hot water systems in hot temperate climate in Perth, Western Australia (Perth, WA, 1992)
  • Evaluation of annual water losses in Western Australia from internal leaks of toilets using typical gravity rather than syphonic flush systems (Perth, WA, UWA, 1995)
  • Review of urban design elements that lead to sucessful high-innovation villages that repurpose existing housing stock as mixed-mode buildings for  living and innovation businesses (Lancaster, UK, 2005)
  • Research into identifying the most effective university organisational structures that support innovation (Lancaster University, UK 2007-2010)
  • Research into mapping national Design infrastructures in Australian States, UK, Noray, Finland and Korea (Curtin University 2003-2008)
  • Created and tested some of the earliest forms of what were later called plant 'wicking beds'. The early prototype and production beds (UK, 1985)  used automated self-managed watering systems that adjusted water input incrementally to adjust to different levels of water loss via evapo-transpiration, cropping and plant growth. I developed similar wicking beds with different wicking structures (also with automated self-managed watering systems that adjusted water input) for hot temperate climate conditions in Perth, Western Australia  (Lancaster, UK 1985-1991 and Perth, WA 1992-1996)
  • Design and construction of an environmentally-sensitive building following Alexander's Pattern Language and designed for minimum energy use Perth, WA, 1993-1994)
  • Investigation and comparative evaluation of effectiveness and ecological cost of plant-based (tree and vine) shading compared to physical constructed shading in hot temperate climate (Perth, Western Australia 1992-1996)
  • Development and testing of effective prototype greywater collection and distribution system  in hot temperate climate (Perth, Western Australia 1991-1994)
  • Analysis and testing of use of concrete as separation layer and undermulch for suburban food production beds to stop tree root invasion, minimise water use and nutrient loss and contamination to the acquifer (Western Australia 2000 ongoing.)
  • Prototype and testing of volume-based (as distinct from time-based) precision water distribution to small scale permaculture-based food production (Western Australia, 1992-1998)
  • Provided infrastructure and support to establish 56 Permaculture community Groups (For Permaculture Association of WA, Western Australia, 1997-1998)
  • Comparative modelling and evaluation of energy efficiency of buildings with high thermal mass vs buildings with low thermal mass + high insulation + controlled air changes using climate mapped building energy use software in hot temperate climate (Perth, Western Australia 2003-2020)
  • Build and tested prototype low-thermal mass/high insulation/low airchange 2-bed eco-house for hot temperate climate (Perth, Western Australia 2012-2013)
  • On-site review of construction of vernacular reinforced-concrete floor/roof panels (Northern India, 2016)
  • Literature review, analysis and support for development of Permaculture training for mass use of kitchen gardens to minimise child stunting  and adverse effects fo poverty in Phillipines, Rwanda, Vietnam and Cambodia  (for Edge5, Western Australia, 2019)
  • Test rat control to reduce garden crop loss by implementing range control using neophobia (Western Australia 2020)
  • Design and build prototype ultra-low cost minimum size eco-house for 1-2 persons aimed at contributing to addressing low socio-economic homeless problem (Western Australia 2020)
  • Review literature on bore-well rainwater recharge of acquifers (For SRDS, India,  2017)
  • Provide sundry sustainability technical support (For SRDS, India,  2017)
  • Attend Energy Globe Award for Water with SRDS India (Yazd, Iran, 2018)
  • Meet with SRDS and  Water management specialists of City of Yazd  to exchange research (Yazd, Iran, 2018)
  • Collect and review literature on acquifer contamination and depletion in India (Western Australia, 2018 continuing)
  • Analysis and modelling of evapotranspiration effects of tree and vegetaiton planting on aquifer levels in arid temperate climates such as Perth, Western Australia and comparison with researhc literature for other arid regions (Western Australia, 2019 continuing)
  • Analysis and review of research literature on limitations and disadvantages of green roofs in arid and arid temperate climate regions (Western Australia, 2020)
  • Development and testing of prototype mixed mode multi-source solar- battery hybrid system for suburban houses  and small office/workshop/shop configurations (Western Australia, 2019-ongoing)
  • Construction of prototype ultra low-cost, low-thermal mass,1-bed eco-house for hot temperate climate in Perth, Western Australia as test for small scale eco-housing production and as component of prototype testing of eco-efficiency of courtyard-based housing using central permaculture garden (Western Australia, 2021)