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Student Research Conference Thursday 15th December 2016

Leeds Beckett University Building Services Engineering students would like to invite you to attend their annual research conference, to be held at the University on Thursday 15th December 2016.

Each student will be presenting a research paper, on a topic of their own choosing, in part fulfilment of their final year degree award.

Topics this year include: LED lighting applications, heat pumps, daylight analysis, natural ventilation & air quality, PV solar applications and building control strategies.

The event will comprise 10 minute student presentations, followed by Q & A sessions, and is expected to last for no more than 3 hours. You are cordially invited to join our students for liquid refreshments immediately following their presentations!

If you wish to attend this event please contact Alan J Newall for details of the conference programme – a.j.newall@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

 

The Principles of Thermal Bridging

Leeds Beckett University, Broadcasting Place, Leeds LS2 9EN

 18 November 2016

13:15 – 17:00

 Join us for a new half-day seminar which presents an overview of the underlying principles of thermal bridging.

Trainer Matthew Brooke-Peat of architectural technology practice Studio A Consulting Limited will identify different types of thermal bridge and illustrate the effect on building performance, as well as explaining and presenting:

  • the requirements of Building Regulations Part L that relate to thermal bridging
  • an overview of the contrasting approach to the treatment of thermal bridging under Passivhaus
  • the use of detail patterns from catalogues of standard solutions

The seminar will introduce thermal modelling of bespoke construction details and offer guidance on how to read and effectively utilise thermal bridging calculations to improve detailing.

Following on from Matthew, a break out session from Tom Dollard of Pollard Thomas Edwards will ask delegates to sketch over a number of part L accredited details, and improve the details for thermal performance. Best practice guidance will be examined.

To finish up, Tom will present the Zero Carbon Hub Builders Book, and pick out key details and issues relevant for delivering thermal performance.

Both trainers are keen to answer queries you may have, with two Q&A sessions forming part of this seminar.

Costs: Green Register members £65 / Non-members £99

For more details and to book visit: http://www.greenregister.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=310

The winners of awards celebrating research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise in the built environment have been announced by Leeds Beckett University

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Professor Chris Gorse, Director of Leeds Sustainability Institute opens proceedings at RISE Awards 2016

Over 100 industry, academic and third sector professionals gathered at the Met Hotel in Leeds for the annual celebration of the talented companies, groups and individuals who are changing the nature of the built environment industry through extensive research, development and innovation. The Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) awards, organised by Centre for Knowledge Exchange on behalf of the Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) at Leeds Beckett, were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together disparate groups, celebrating new thinking, initiatives and technologies and providing a unique platform to foster productive collaborations going forward.

Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by Knauf Insulation, 18 awards were handed out in total across 16 different categories including field and laboratory research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, and education and training. In a change from the standard application form, entrants for these awards were encouraged to use their creativity and create a visual poster outlining their initiative. Winners on the night came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds each displaying the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing the construction industry forward and driving up standards.

Mohammad Dastbaz, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett, said “The RISE awards, in their second year, are about showcasing and celebrating the most innovative, sustainable and ground breaking products, projects and partnerships between industry, academics and the third sector in construction in our region. With more than 60 entries to judge from, the winning projects demonstrated the breadth and the depth of the partnerships developed between our University, as well as other regional universities with industry and how our joint research work is pushing the boundaries.”

Winners included SES Engineering Services and Atkins Global for the Sustainable Development – Non Domestic and New Technologies categories respectively and Yeme Architects who took the Heritage trophy for their Manningham Baths development. They were particularly praised for attention to the social benefits of the product and for bringing one of Bradford’s best-loved buildings back to life.

Ryedale Flood Research Group were the night’s only double winner, taking home the Vision and Sustainability trophy and the special Chair’s Award, presented by Professor Chris Gorse from the Leeds Sustainability Institute. 2015 winners Arc Building also continued their success in these awards, walking away with the product and element interface prize; as did last year’s sustainable development winner, CITU who triumphed in design and innovation for their recently launched Climate Innovation District project in Leeds. The CIOB-sponsored the New Technology prize was won by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

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Adam Platten, son of Dr Andrew Platten, presents the Andrew Platten Commemorative Award for BIM Adoption to Pete Foster of coBuilder International

The LSI also handed out two awards in honour of respected Leeds Beckett colleague, Dr Andrew Platten, who passed away in July. Andrew was an original founder of Leeds Beckett’s thinkBIM network and a strong advocate of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a collaborative tool for the future and therefore it was fitting that the trophies for BIM training and BIM adoption were awarded in his name. Andrew’s son, Adam Platten, was welcomed to the ceremony alongside his family, to present the two awards which went to coBuilder International for BIM adoption and the NBS for BIM training. Software company, Trimble Tekla, completed the trio of BIM awards, winning the education and training award for their Tekla Campus project.

The awards were a grand finale to Leeds Sustainability Institute’s International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. This international conference explored how buildings and spaces are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to address the balance between the built and the natural environment.

The awards ceremony also raised £575 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre thanks to the generous donations from the attendees.

2016 WINNERS

The full list of winners can be found on the RISE Awards page at the following link http://ckegroup.org/fairsnapeblog/1016-2/

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 STORIFY OF BEST IMAGES AND TWEETS FROM THE EVENING

RISE 2017

If you are interested in being involved in RISE 2017 (sponsoring, entering or assisting) please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via email to e.a.schofield@leedsbeckett.ac.uk . We look forward to hearing from you!

We RISE again! Joint awards for built environment industry and academia back for 2016

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We RISE again! We are pleased to announce that following on from last year’s highly successful ceremony at the Park Plaza in Leeds, the RISE awards are back for a second year, highlighting, celebrating and rewarding the most innovative and forward thinking research and development initiatives in the built environment across four key strands; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise.

Across the built environment, talented groups and individuals are shaping the future of engineering and construction and our awards are unique in being the first in the region to bring academic, industry and third sector groups together to showcase their work. Our awards are truly diverse with previous winners coming from a vast range of working environments, specialisms, communities and backgrounds. What matters to us is that our entrants display the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing our industry forward.

Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, the Rise Awards are completely free to enter and submissions are encouraged from both individuals and companies working in the built environment across 12 different categories. With awards for industry leaders in energy efficiency, new technologies, products and processes, research, design, behavioural change and more up for grabs we are sure there is a category for you!

The closing date for all entries is 1st September 2016. The winners will be judged by our panel of academic and industry experts and revealed on 15th September at a prestigious gala presentation evening at the Met Hotel in Leeds. Attended by leading sector figures, the event itself will be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your initiative, maximising your exposure and helping you to bring your expertise to a new audience.

In addition there will be plenty of opportunities for entrants to have ongoing engagement with the University and its networks beyond the awards through our Leeds Sustainability Institute research hub initiatives and projects.

HOW TO ENTER

Entries can be made for a project, process, product or a service. In order to enter please produce a one or two page poster outlining your product, process, project or service which addresses one or more of the category themes detailed below. Your poster should include text, images and where possible facts and figures that will provide the judges with tangible evidence of performance & outcomes against your strategic aims. *Please note, shortlisted posters will be blown up to A1 size and displayed so please ensure your submitted PDF can be resized.

CATEGORIES / THEMES

For 2016 we have 12 different categories available for you to make your submission against. You can make as many submissions as you want and the same project/product or case study can be submitted into more than one category* Please indicate which categories you are applying for on submission.

Some key questions that you will need to address in your submission: 

  • What need did the product, process, project or service fill?
  • Why is it different/special/unique?
  • What challenges were faced and how were they overcome?
  • What did it achieve? What are the current and future benefits?

FOR FULL CRITERIA, CATEGORIES AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR OFFICIAL CALL FOR ENTRIES BOOKLET AT THE LINK BELOW.

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POSTER SAMPLES

For ideas of completing a poster, see the RISE 2015 poster set at the following link

FURTHER INFORMATION 

If you have any questions about the RISE awards please contact the CKE team on 0113 812 1902 or via email to riseawards@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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CIBSE Yorkshire putting building services in the spotlight

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Now that the dust has settled on #ceyh2016  we want to thank you all for contributing to making it such a great night and for all of the incredible entries to the competition. Our judges had a tough, but enjoyable time reviewing, discussing and agreeing which projects stood out just that bit more than the others. This year’s judging has been the most difficult yet and with many excellent projects  already underway in our region at the moment we know that #ceyh2017 will be even harder!

We also wanted to let you know about our friends at CIBSE Yorkshire who are running their own awards for the first time this year. They are keen to raise the profile of building services within the region and celebrate the whole team that contributes to the amazing schemes which are being delivered throughout the country by companies based in the region.

If you would like to know more about it visit www.cibseyorkshire.org/CIBSE-Yorkshire-Awards—2016.aspx while their Chairman, Simon Owen is more than happy to talk with you directly about how you can get involved. His contact number is 07971 695 625 or you can email him on simon.owen@calibresearch.co.uk.

Simon and the rest of the committee are all volunteers, so they are organising the event alongside their “day jobs”. With their closing date being the 22nd July, you have chance to get your entry in and benefit from momentum that you have gained with your partners at our own awards and be ready to be recognised on the 18th November at their ceremony at the Royal Armouries. It’s high time we celebrated the diversity that is the building services profession  as well as recognising the vital contribution that this part of the supply chain makes to the finished project .Therefore we encourage you to support CIBSE Yorkshire in leading the way with the first regional focussed building services awards away from London and get those entries in today!

LEEDS Beckett are proud to sponsor the inaugural CIBSE awards which recognises the importance of full supply chain involvement.

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Thoughts from Greenvision Flood Risk and Community Engagement Event

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The major flooding experienced on 26th December impacted upon many communities in the North of England.  What was taken for granted, traffic, Internet, power, food and shelter, were lost for many within a matter of hours, over the Christmas holidays.

The university under its Greenvision project has initiated a consultation project to investigate how communities have responded and what they have learned in response to the flood events.

This study culminated in the flood risk and community engagement event which was held at old broadcasting house on Monday 23rd May.  Our three Keynote speakers included Mike Potter from the Pickering civic society who presented an excellent examination of an integrated community project integrating passive natural systems such as leaky dams, forestry management and uplands management.  Dr Frances MacGuire who has extensive experience in environmental risk analysis provided a personal account of the immediate clean up and recovery in Hebden Bridge.  The immediate impact and how community centres play a focal role in disaster recovery was presented by Phil Marken, a volunteer and owner at the Open Source Arts Centre in Kirkstall.  Phil was involved in providing local community support using the arts centre and Facebook to coordinate the clean-up and reopening of local businesses.

Each of the key note speakers chaired a series of round table sessions and were joined by Gillian Darbyshire, president of the Whalley Lions club in Lancashire, proving we can work across borders and recognise the interconnection of our communities.

The round table sessions summarised good practice and considered the next steps.  We concluded that community, communications and the coordination of vital information are important.  Knowing who is where and who are the most vulnerable was critical.  Social media is seen as an invaluable tool.  Everyone is now planning for the next time, where to meet, what to store and how to replan and refurbish housing and shops to overcome the inevitable damage from future flooding events.

Through the event, everyone wished to keep in touch, particularly on learning how to apply for grant aid or simple hard cash.  We hope our Greenvision event can provide a means of linking communities.

The presentations can be viewed at the link below along with our storify collating the best images and tweets from the event.

 

Implementing ISO55000; challenges and lessons learnt

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Wednesday 8th June 2016, 17:30 – 20:30

Old Broadcasting House, Leeds

ISO55000 was originally known as PAS55 and applied only to physical assets, but the scope has been broadened and some organisations are applying it to the non-physical assets that they manage to good effect.

Sodexo are winning work and recognition for being the first FM company to adopt the new ISO55000 Standard in Asset Management globally and this event is being presented by Keith Hamer, Group VP Asset Management and Engineering, Sodexo. As Keith puts it: “The launch of the ISO55k set of Standards is triggering a major shift by public and private sector organisations towards ‘whole life, whole systems’ thinking.”

To learn about ISO55000, the wins that Sodexo have achieved for themselves, their clients and their people join us for an informative evening looking beyond the life of the building and towards the life it’s users.

This is a joint event between CIBSE, Green Vision (at Leeds Beckett University) and IHEEM Yorkshire.

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Applications now being taken for LSI sustainability professional doctorate programme (D.Eng)

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The Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University is now accepting applications for an October 2016 start on its successful part-time professional doctorate (D.Eng) programme. This is aimed at professional practitioners who wish to undertake a programme of research related to their own field of expertise.

Applications in the fields of sustainable buildings, green computing or energy are particularly encouraged, but projects in all areas of sustainability can be considered.

For more information, or an informal discussion in the first instance, please contact Anne Stafford at a.stafford@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Research Assistant opportunity with Leeds Sustainability Institute

Job Title: Research Assistant
Job Reference: AET292591A
Application Closing Date: 26/02/2016
Location: Leeds
Salary: Grade 4 (*GBP*24,298 – *GBP*28,143 per annum)
Package: Please refer to Job Description and Employee Specification
Job Category/Type: Academic/Research

Job description :
The building, energy and sustainability research group within the Leeds Sustainability Institute has a wide and innovative research portfolio working with major public sector and industry partners. This is an opportunity to contribute to exciting and industry leading projects working alongside the existing team.

The work will involve creating and analysing building energy performance models and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from the field in occupied and unoccupied buildings. The role focuses on modelling and quantitative analysis of buildings and on undertaking forensic investigations energy useage and occupant behaviour.

The successful application will collaborate on a number of research projects involving data acquisition and statistical analysis.

You will be working within the LSI alongside a team of researchers.

Key competencies:

– Awarded (or in the final stages of obtaining) a PhD (or equivalent experience) in buildings, data analytics, physics or an energy related discipline.
– A strong understanding of appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods, with an aptitude to learn and develop further modelling skills.

Desired attributes (preferred but not all essential):

– A proven track record of publication.
– Experience of working with modelling software (ideally dynamic thermal simulation software such as IES Virtual Environment or DesignBuilder)

Job responsibilities include:

– Propose, design, and conduct quantitative research, while advising research teams on the application of analytical methods.
– Communicate project progress and author reports in collaboration with the team.
– Contribute towards a new grant application to continue the collaboration.

Click here for job description and employee specification

To apply visit the Leeds Beckett University jobs page, search for the above job and follow the instructions on screen.

Please note that this job description and employee specification will no longer be available after the closing date so please download or print now!

Leeds Beckett University values the diversity of its workforce and student population and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.? We particularly welcome applications from black and minoritised ethnic candidates as these groups are currently under-represented at our University.

Going Circular or just going round in circles? Thoughts from our #gvis2016 event on the Circular Economy

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On Wednesday 10th February 2016,  Green Vision kicked off our 2016 events programme with a half day conference exploring the concept of the Circular Economy and it’s practical application in both the public and private sector. Attendees were also treated to a networking lunch as well as a tour of the Bright Building, home of the Re:Centre and the first University building to attain Breeam Outstanding status.

The event was opened by Green Vision Ambassador, and event chair for the afternoon, Eddie Murphy, who gave a brief overview of his new venture, Ollio Consultancy, a brand new sustainability and building performance consultancy, with reference to the key themes for the afternoon; circular economy, bioeconomy, designing for reuse  and  going beyond sustainability. The more I hear, the more I feel sustainability is really not an adequate term. It is not strong enough – we need whole scale systematic change and frankly the word sustainability doesn’t encapsulate this.

Following Eddie’s introduction, we then welcomed Peter Hopkinson to the floor. Peter Hopkinson is Head of Circular Economy initiatives at Bradford University and was one of the principal leads in the construction of the Bright Building. Peter, at the audience’s request, gave a warts and all account of the building’s construction including areas where the final outcome may not have been as successful as hoped i.e., the useability of the light switches! However, it was clear that the technology behind the Bright Building is extremely clever particularly in the areas of heating, ventilation and acoustics and in the use of locally sourced hempcrete as the main building material.

Peter was followed by Bridget Jackson, Corporate Sustainability Director at PwC who gave a fascinating account of the real practical steps that PwC have taken in order to meet their target of 100% of their waste materials reused, repurposed or recycled. Bridget was keen to stress that this had to start with design, she was only interested in using materials throughout the business that could be repurposed. One particular example I enjoyed was uniforms – there are over 3300 uniforms used throughout PwC’s operations and Bridget has ensured that these could either be reused as uniforms, or broken down to be used as industrial rags or insulation. Umbrella’s are still a challenge though…!

Our final two speakers for the day were Martin Brown, Green Vision Chair and Owner at Fairsnape who talked about Design for Deconstruction and Maggie Smallwood at BioVale who delivered an interesting  presentation on the Bioeconomy. The four speakers then reconvened for a panel debate which will be summarised in separate blog post at a later date.

Overall the conference provided much food for thought and I, along with many of the attendees, left full of ideas of how it can be applied at home and in the workplace. The challenge, which every speaker alluded to, is engagement. How do we get our companies, organisations as a collective to get on board? How do we ensure we are going circular instead of going round in circles? Let us know your thoughts.

Our summary of the event, including the best tweets and images can be found in our event storify below,

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