In the last of its series of four ‘Megatrends’ white papers, BSRIA explores one of the defining issues of our age; one that affects almost every aspect of life and business, and one which is already having a big impact on Building Services across the world.
Globalisation has become one of the key phenomena of the modern life, but there is still a lot of controversy about what it actually means, let alone whether and how far it is to be welcomed.
The paper explores and analyses the four principle drivers of globalisation in the economic, political and cultural spheres and the technology that is enabling and accelerating the whole process. It also examines the many ways in which these drivers interact, often reinforcing each other.
It also looks at the developments which are working against globalisation or at least slowing it down (‘slowbalisation’) or changing its character. It acknowledges areas of contention such as the environment where different aspects of globalisation are having a positive or a negative effect.
Finally, it examines the key ways in which globalisation is already affecting building services and how it may do so in future, drawing on BSRIA research into these areas and helping both business leaders and building specialists to prepare for this.
Henry Lawson, author of the paper commented: “What struck me most when I was researching and writing this, is how globalisation works its way into almost every aspect of our work and our personal lives, not to mention the big political issues. I also found it fascinating to delve further into the origins of globalisation, which go back a lot further than many people seem to think, and which are key to understanding what is happening today. As someone whose main focus is building services, I found that the impact of globalisation goes even beyond the expected areas.”
Paper 1 – Megatrends Urbanisation
Paper 2 – Megatrends Demographics
Paper 3 – Megatrends Smart Building Technology