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Kirsty Maguire, Day 2

28.02.13

“Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.”

It’s not often that I would put Shakespeare and the construction industry into the same breath. But listening to the same debate around the world about the need to create sea change in construction made me think of The Tempest. Shaking things up can be dramatic but in fact takes the much less glamorous patience and perseverance. The United Nations Development Programme is running a series of programmes, one of which is based in Yerevan, Armenia. Sharing best practice, the Climate Change Information Centre of Armenia ‘Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings’ programme is promoting energy efficiency in buildings through events, pilot projects and policy guidance. Like here, it is a long term project, slowly turning the juggernaut of the construction industry. But, like here, perseverance pays off and I remain optimistic. Already I can see more than a glimmer of ‘something rich and strange’. www.kirstymaguire.com Video in lieu of photo: Energy Efficient Buildings, Armenia Video: Energy Efficiency of Buildings, Armenia. Credit: Climate Change Information Centre of Armenia ‘Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings’

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