Adrian Matthews of Swansea building consultancy EFT becomes RSA Fellow
Adrian Matthews, consultant at EFT Consult, a Swansea-based company that specialises in cutting edge and innovative technologies in relation to the design and consultancy of the built environment, has been made a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
He was nominated to join the RSA in recognition of his work with the Circular Economy Club, the Future of Wellbeing Generations (Wales) Act and his efforts with EFT Consult to create a new building standards certification that recognises sustainable, healthy building practices.
Founded over 260 years ago, the RSA believes in a world where everyone is able to participate in creating a better future. It is a global community of proactive problem solvers, with 30,000 members sharing powerful ideas, carrying out cutting-edge research and building networks and opportunities for people to collaborate, influence and demonstrate practical solutions to realise change.
Its work focusses on supporting innovation in three major areas: creative learning and development, public services and communities, and economy, enterprise and manufacturing.
Adrian Matthews and EFT Consult have been working closely with the British Standards Institution to create the new Publicly Available Specification standard (PAS) to be awarded to companies in the building sector that demonstrate a commitment to the circular economy. A PAS is a fast-track standardisation document that defines good practice for a product, service or process.
The standard will tie in with and meet many elements of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which is a Welsh Government initiative focussed on improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The initiative is designed to encourage companies to create a better working environment, help to reduce waste and improve organisational well-being.
The proposed new PAS will help companies meet the aims and objectives of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and building regulations and planning in line with the guiding framework principles of the circular economy standard BS8001.
Adrian Matthews, consultant at EFT Consult, said:
“It was an honour to be nominated to join RSA because of the work we are doing with BSI related to the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The RSA brings together people who are proactive problem solvers that are good at sharing powerful ideas. It’s about bringing about positive social change, which is exactly what we are trying to achieve with the new PAS standard. It’s important to be committed to the circular econ as a means of fighting climate change and decarbonising our economy.”