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Month: January 2015

It’s time to “Learn from Nature” #gvis2015


“Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything” Albert Einstein

Green Vision recommences with our Green Construction and Assembly Spring Series

Our Spring GreenVision series will explore sustainability issues relating to the Construction and Assembly processes within the Built Environment. Aligned to our Living Building Challenge UK collaborative, the topics in this series will consider innovative restorative sustainability and net positive approaches. Join us on our evening seminars with leading sustainability thinkers and our half day GreenBIM conference in association with thinkBIM in April.

Our first twilight event on 11th February will focus on learning from our natural environment & will feature presentations & discussions around biomimicry. Biomimicry seeks solutions from nature to address sustainability in the construction life cycle, not only for materials but also systems and processes. Our speakers are;

Richard James MacCowan (Director and Co-Founder,Biomimicry UK )

Re-thinking Nature

The world that we live in faces enormous challenges such as climate change, food security, biosphere integrity and freshwater use. Nature can play a strong role to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Solutions are at our fingertips, they are cost effective and we know how to implement them. Richard’s talk will focus on developments, research, case studies and future opportunities that this vital strand of sustainability can offer our industry.

Yaniv Peer (Associate – Exploration)

Radical Nature

At a time when architecture and society urgently need to reconsider their relationship to the natural world there are few more exciting and innovative ways to find solutions to our current and future challenges than the discipline known as Biomimicry. This field uses nature as a mentor, learning from its ingenious adaptations that have undergone 3.8 billion years of research and development to produce exceptionally well evolved solutions. This talk will explore three projects of the London based Exploration Architecture Ltd and how it is that they use biomimicry in their work to offer new solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face today. 


“Stimulating and open discussion make the events a must for construction professionals who wish to improve the performance of buildings”

Jonathan Lindh – Leda Ltd


Other dates for your diary

Water the new carbon

Wednesday 11th March 15, 17:30-19:30

Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP, 2 Park Lane, Leeds


GreenBIM Half-day Conference

Wednesday 1st April 15, 13:00-17:30

Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP, 2 Park Lane, Leeds

Free support available to help SMEs “go greener”

Green Gain are an environmental consultancy who have recently secured some ERDF funding enabling them to provide SMEs with free assistance to reduce their environmental impacts & save money. To find out more & to see how you can benefit see details from Green Gain below;



Green Gain – About us

Green Gain can provide support to Yorkshire-based ‘built environment’ sector SMEs for free.  An ERDF framework funds our expertise so that we can help you to take new initiatives forward to reduce both energy consumption and waste where you may lack the time, skills or resources in-house.

Our support is designed to be hassle free. We will handle all the paperwork and there is no match funding requirement.

Our support is therefore 100% risk free and can be tailored exactly to your needs. As way of example this support may help you to:

  • Improve your energy efficient
  • Minimise your waste generation;
  • Get better value from your waste contractors;
  • Find higher value end-markets for your waste materials;
  • Communicate on environmental issues within your business;
  • Increase profitability.

The funded support places are limited, so contact us now to secure your free support!

You can reach me on or 07519 428475.

“We really couldn’t have done it without you so thank you for your expertise and time – it really is appreciated.” Abi Lawrence, Front of House Operations Manager, Chapter Arts Centre.

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