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Student Presentations event Thursday 17th December 2015

Our very own Leeds Beckett University students will be holding presentations on Thursday 17th December 2015 from 11.30am to 1.30pm .  This event is open to all our GreenVision and Knowledge exchange supporters and will take place in our Northern Terrace site, Room NTG14, Queen Square Court , Leeds, LS2 8AG.  Please come along to see some fantastic presentations by our students!

Here are the full details:-

BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering

Low Carbon Buildings & Renewables

Group Allocations

Group Project 1st choice Presentation
Group A Options for a community energy scheme at Weaver’s Triangle, Burnley Wayne Fullbrook, Zack Taylor 11.30 – 11.45 plus 5 minutes questions
Group B Achieving low carbon building standards at a proposed mixed tenure housing development comprising 50 dwellings to be located off Sandygate, Burnley Craig Robinson, Michael Hutchinson 12.50 – 13.05 plus 5 minutes questions
Group C Developing a low energy lighting scheme for the Leeds Liverpool Canal from Weavers Triangle to Centenary Way Matthew Hamer, Dominic Jesper 11.50 – 12.05 plus 5 minutes questions
Group D Options for the regeneration of 4 Healey Wood Road, Burnley James Hall, Andrew Owens 12.30 – 12.45 plus 5 minutes questions
Group F The canal as an energy resource Benjamin Bushby, Reanna EvansIan Drysdale 12.10 – 12.25 plus 5 minutes questions

 

Buildings are a climate change problem … and also part of the solution

Buildings are a climate change problem … and also part of the solution. With buildings responsible for an estimated 40% of all carbon emissions and having a huge influence of lifestyle, commerce and industry carbon reduction efforts, we can now longer afford to incrementally be less bad. And this year, 2015, being a significant year for climate change action, with the COP21 in Paris in December and the imminent release of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it is time to recognise the role of buildings as a climate change solution.

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Beyond Sustainability, as you may have seen in the media, via social media or by invite, is our significant event in London on the 5th Oct. The event highlight will be Jason McLennan’s (CEO International Living Futures Institute) first UK keynote, which promises to be an inspiring call to do more good, as being less bad is not just enough anymore

The event will also include an overview of Living Building Challenge and Well Building Standard activity in the UK from Martin Brown, Fairsnape, and Ann Marie Aguilar, Arup Associates.  Hattie Hartman (Sustainability Editor at AJ) will chair a panel debate, featuring regenerative and well being sustainability activity in the UK from a range of presenters.  In addition John Alker UKGBC will introduce the UKGBC’s new campaign ‘Better Places for People‘ 

There will, of course, be opportunity for Q and A panel debates with speakers.

Please take this as your invite to attend. The event will held appropriately, in the wonderful Royal College of Physicians building on Regents Park. More details and how you can you can still register here.

Jason F. McLennan Keynote speaker:

Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize (the planet’s top prize for socially responsible design), Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after designer, presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world.

World’s Green Vision to be shared with Leeds

Lessons learnt by architects having worked on the greenest building in the world are to be shared with property and construction professionals in Leeds, and worldwide, thanks to Green Vision, Yorkshire’s knowledge exchange network for sustainability in the built environment, on March 29th.

The event to be held, at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds will feature Vancouver based Max Richter, an architect at leading sustainable practice, Perkin & Will, sharing his experience with property professionals gathered in Leeds, and globally online, on what was involved in designing a building that has now achieved the status of being net positive in embodied carbon, making it possibly the greenest building in the world.

Richter will address delegates during the GVis2012 Half Day Cutting Costs & Carbon Conference as the keynote speaker at 4pm, discussing the CIRS building (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability) based at the University of British Columbia and reveal how this has managed to achieve the Living Building Challenge status, lower the carbon footprint and energy costs across the Uni campus and create what has been termed as ‘a living eco laboratory’.

With CIRS being: “…An open place for researching and teaching sustainability; supporting collaborations between academia, government, industry, professionals, non-governmental organizations and the public; and spreading the seeds of sustainability through its interactions with a wide range of people” it is set to provide a hugely relevant backdrop to the wider discussions taking place at the Gvis2012 conference.

Run by Leeds Metropolitan’s Centre for Knowledge Exchange (CKE) and the Construction Sector Network (CSN) the event is supported by the Carbon Control and Comfort Project (CCC), global legal practice Squire Sanders, and the Leeds College of Building.

Sharing the global stage with Richter is London based Janet Kinder, Head of Sustainability EMEA, Lend Lease (UK) Ltd who is at the forefront of supporting policy development through her work in developing a global common carbon metric for the industry. She is also an active membership of the UK-Green Building Council Policy Committee and BPF Sustainability Committee and is currently acting as the co-Secretariat for the Government and industry collaboration, the Green Construction Board.

Claire Walker, Project Manager at Green Vision said:”Taking the sustainable building and sustainable asset management discussions that we’ve been having within the Green Vision seminars in Leeds over the last quarter, to a wider audience is very exciting for us. We have a huge resource of knowledge and expertise in the Yorkshire region, but are always looking for ways to learn from world leaders on best practice. I can imagine there is going to be lively debate following all speakers and roundtables and this is what Green Vision is all about.”

The event will run from 1pm to 5pm at Broadcasting House, but delegates can also join online via a live webcast of the event, free of charge. The discussion of the day will also be fed out on social media via industry blogs and twitter , to encourage interaction with international individuals and organisations, to gain an even wider perspective on topics discussed.

The hashtag for the event is #GVis2012 .

A Low Carb Diet for Construction?

This blog, through regular thought pieces from myself (Martin Brown) along with guest bloggers + thought leaders is aimed at generating discussions on moving towards a low carbon construction and built environment sector.

Setting the Scene

There is a buzz, and indeed confusion over carbon management in the built environment at the moment. We have the Zero Carbon Hub (as a quango) given a stay of execution to redefine ‘zero carbon’ albeit in the housing sector but will have implications for non domestic projects too.

We have Paul Morrell pushing the importance of carbon management, referring to cash as king but carbon must be the queen. (Introduction to the Construction and Innovation Growth Team final report.) (Note this report proposes a Low Carbon Construction Business Plan)

There is, according to  Sustain recent paper  embodied carbon, a look forward insight report much uncertainty over design predictions of carbon emissions from facilities and building in use.

The focus for carbon management has until recently been only concerned with the design and use of buildings, rather than the construction process of building or refurbishment.

But it is here that it makes sense to focus on carbon reduction, for if we do so we focus on waste in lean construction sense, but particularly wasted energy. Every kilogram of carbon saved on site has a corresponding saving, either to the contractor or to the project. No wonder then in a recent copy of APM Magazine article mentions carbon as one of the future key performance indicators for construction project management.

Understanding Construction Carbon

There is little evidence to date, or indeed little understanding of the level of carbon emissions from a construction project. Possibly leading the field is constructco2 which with over some 50 projects is showing a level of 96kg per £1000 project value. To put this into perspective one party balloon, I am told, would hold about 10 grammes of CO2. ( I tried to understand this in more detail on my own blog here)

Thats a lot of party balloons.

The Strategy for Sustainable Construction has set a target to reduce emissions by 15% based on 2008 levels. This is some tough call, meaning 15% reduction in material and waste transportation and in personel travel, along with a reduction, or improved performance of plant and energy use, and an holistic resource review.

In the words of Egan, we need a rethink on the way we build and refurb: a lean thinking approach. We cannot address a real reduction in carbon with the same thinking that created the current high energy situation we find ourselves in.

Over to you

What are you doing to measure or improve your construction based carbon emissions?

What innovations are you aware of to improve carbon performance though alternative energy or working methods.

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