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Implementing ISO55000; challenges and lessons learnt



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.


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


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

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


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,

The Circular Economy and BREEAM Outstanding Project Tour

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Wednesday 10th February 2016

12:30 – 17:00

The University of Bradford

We are delighted to announce that Green Vision will be returning in February with a half day conference themed around Circular Economy including a tour of one of the most sustainable university buildings in the UK – the Bright Building at Bradford University.

The Circular Economy will have a profound impact on building design, resources and waste management. The Circular Economy has been valued at a potential £29 billion and estimated to create over 100,00 new jobs, and as defined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is both restorative in nature and design seeking to maintain products, components and materials at their highest value at all times – avoiding down-cycling, conversion to energy or disposal to landfill.

The University of Bradford’s Bright Building, home to the Re:Centre, has achieved the highest ever BREEAM Outstanding rating for a University. The Bright Building is at the cutting edge of sustainable construction with the vast majority of the building products being either natural or recycled.

This event will give you the opportunity to hear, see and debate some of the most innovative approaches in sustainability today.


PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE (please note, order of activities may change dependent on numbers)

The afternoon will start with a green networking lunch at 12:30 following by presentations as follows;

13:30 Welcome and Introductions from the Chair

Eddie Murphy, Founder, Ollio – the Sustainability and Building Performance Consultancy

13:45 Keynote Speakers

Bridget Jackson, Corporate Sustainability Director, PwC – The Going Circular Report – Lessons Learnt from PwC’s Circular Economy approach towards 100% reuse and recycling.

Professor Peter Hopkinson, Bradford Management School – Introduction to Circular Economy, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Circular Economy MBA at Bradford University

14:15 Introduction to the Bright Building

15:00 Afternoon Group Sessions – The group will then be divided into 2 and break off into the following alternating sessions

Outstanding Building Tour – tour of the Re:Centre and Bright Building with Steve Jenkins, University of Bradford Estates

Martin Brown, Fairsnape – Design for Deconstruction presentation

16:00 Circular Economy Panel Q and A (facilitated Eddie Murphy)

16:45 Final Presentation

Jim Parker, Leeds Sustainability Institute

17:00 Close and Chair’s Summary



This event is highly suitable for:

Past Green Vision attendees

UKGBC members in the North

Construction and Built Environment Directors, Senior Management, Sustainability Officers

Circular Economy advocates

Living Building Challenge Collaborative Members

University Estate Managers and Sustainability Officers

BIM / GreenBIM / BIMCE advocates

Built Environment Students




Leeds Beckett University sponsored PHD opportunities in association with Public Health England

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About the programme


Obesity is a major global health crisis, one in four adults are obese and childhood obesity has been classed by the World Health Organisation as one of the most serious challenges for the 21st Century with significant health, social and economic consequences. However, tackling obesity is a complex and multifaceted problem with over a hundred contributing factors as identified in the Foresight Tackling Obesities systems map. Tackling obesity effectively will therefore require the development of a sustained ‘whole systems approach’.  This approach joins up the many influences on obesity that promotes transformative, coordinated action across a wide variety of sectors, many of which are outside what has traditionally been referred to as the health sector. By working across multiple disciplines, this will help us to identify the opportunities to support individuals at key points throughout their lives to help reduce the occurrence and impact of obesity.


A whole systems approach seeks to link together many of the influencing factors on obesity and will require co-ordinated action and integration across multiple sectors including health, social care, planning, housing, transport and business to bring about major change to combating obesity, making better use of resources and improving wellbeing and prosperity


The role of local authorities (LAs) in tackling and working to prevent obesity is crucial. Public Health England, Local Government Associations and the Association of Directors of Public Health are exploring how to make greater in-roads into tackling obesity by developing whole systems approaches’ that act across the local system. Leeds Beckett University has been commissioned to lead a three-year programme to explore with LAs and other partners what a Whole Systems Approaches may look like on the ground.


Leeds Beckett University and a range of other partners will be working closely with LAs to understand what is working well and what the opportunities and realities are for LAs in tackling obesity over the short, medium and long term within a sustained whole systems approach. This programme aims to support the vital leadership role of LAs in tackling obesity by working collaboratively with them.  It will help equip LAs with approaches to make headway in what is an increasingly complex and challenging landscape involving many sectors with competing priorities and resource pressures.


The key to this is exploring what works well and what options might work, drawing on both international learning and the experiences of colleagues working in LAs across England, UK and internationally. We aim to produce a first draft of this roadmap by autumn 2016, and a tested, refined and expanded final version by September 2018.
The programme is seeking to understand the following major questions:


  •  How can the framework set out by Foresight be best translated into a ‘Whole Systems Approach’ appropriate for the local system?
    •    What does it mean in practice for Local Authorities (LAs)? What does it look like and what are the key principles?
    •    How can LAs create a whole systems approach and what benefits can it bring?

In parallel with our in-depth work with local authorities, we will also be working with national and international colleagues to understand best practice and experience in systems science, whole systems working and evidence and case studies of what works well. We will also be running a series of events and seminars, for a range of different audiences.


How the PHDs fit in


This programme provides an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in and make a contribution to a major national programme, with international connections, that is seeking to understand and create a different – and hopefully more successful – approach to tackling one of the world’s most pressing challenges.  Successful candidates will be joining a team of colleagues from different backgrounds and disciplines as well as engaging with decision-makers and influencers in national and local government, and in major bodies that can create more joined up working, more effective and more sustainable solutions.

As part of this programme, Leeds Beckett University will be generating research material and findings, and seeking to produce a range of publications for different audiences. We recognise that this programme raises a number of opportunities for PhDs, and we are therefore offering four full studentships for PhD students to join the team.


These studentships include tuition fees for three years and a bursary of £14,047 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK/EU Fees paid for a period of three years.


Timescales and Application Process


A key part of the programme, the successful students will be expected to dedicate their full time to the programme for three years, joining an initialisation programme from April 2016. We are not able to accept part time students for this programme as the research work will be integral to the programme, which is of a fixed duration in the first instance. Successful candidates will be expected to join the programme, full time, from early April 2016. Applicants will be expected to attend a research student induction programme in June 2016. The deadline for applications is midnight 31 January 2016.


Candidates should complete the online research student application form and send completed applications to You should title your email PHE studentships   Applications will then be considered by the University’s Review Panel and shortlisted during February. We anticipate that the interviews will be held on Friday 26 February 2016, at Leeds Beckett University.


The proposal of the research can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the proposal) using type Arial 11 point. The criteria listed below will be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a Studentship.


  1. a)    Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD;
    b)    Knowledge of the subject area that will allow the development of a focussed line of enquiry;
    c)    Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD/MPhil in your chosen area of research
    d)    Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD/MPhil will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature
    e)    Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the two year studentship

For more information about the programme please see


Research Regulations

For further information and guidance relating to research degrees and for Research Candidates please click here.



We are seeking applications on the following topics:



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SEEDS Conference 2016 – Call for Abstracts


International SEEDS Conference 2016:

Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (maximum 300 words)

 Healthy, Energy Efficient Buildings and Spaces: Current position and future models

Leeds Beckett University, UK – 14th and 15th September 2016

The built environment has a greater impact on natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry.  However, beyond the green rhetoric research is being applied on the ground to address the balance between the built and natural environment.  The International SEEDS conference brings together experts from around the world focussing on the changes that are taking place and the benefits or consequences that are being predicted and measured regarding the built environment’s impacts.  As well as addressing technical issues, measuring energy efficiency and modelling energy performance, emphasis is placed on the health and wellbeing of the users of spaces occupied and enclosed.  As we are all guardians of nature and the environment, the Conference will also explore the areas we protect and preserve for greater natural environmental influence.  Understanding how buildings and spaces are designed and nurtured to obtain the optimal outcome will be a focus of much discussion and debate.  This holistic approach draws together the research themes of energy, building performance and physics while placing health, wellbeing and ecology at the heart of the conference.

Through research and proven practice, the aim of the SEEDS conference is to foster ideas on how to reduce negative impacts on the environment while providing for the health and wellbeing of the society. The professions and fields of research required to ensure buildings meet user demands and provide healthy enclosures are many and diverse.  The SEEDS conference addresses the interdependence of people, the built and natural environments, and recognises the interdisciplinary and international themes required to assemble the knowledge required for positive change.

You are invited to submit Abstracts under the following themes:

Protecting nature and the natural environmentBuilding and environment designEnergy efficient modelling, simulation and BIMIntegrating urban and natural environmentBuilding performance, analysis and evaluation

Thermal comfort, air quality and overheating

Green spaces, enclosures and buildings

Green technologies and IT

Renewable energy

Energy flexible buildings

Energy behaviour and lifestyle

Dampness, water damage and flooding

Building surveys, thermography, building pathology

Water quality

Air quality


Planning and sculpturing positive changeReducing consumption and wasteSustainability, ethics and responsibilityOccupant behavioural changeCommunity building and masterplanning

Health benefits of alternative and natural materials

Urban heat island and mitigation

Building resilience

Sustainable cities

Zero energy and energy plus buildings

Local producers and urban environments, edible

Trees and green city landscape

Designing edible urban landscape

Biomimicry and Biophilic Design

Other related fields will be considered











Please submit Abstracts by 18th March 2016 to

 Some comments from those who attended the successful SEEDS Conference in 2015 included the following:

  • “Personally I consider SEEDS Conference is an excellent educational and networking event. Latin America attendants as me, will find excellent information and initiatives in order to enhance our local processes.” Columbian Delegate
  • “I enjoyed the range of papers presented – it made for a really interesting couple of days. Good range of attendees from both industry and academia also.” UK Delegate
  • “Overall my experience was very positive. I especially liked the wide spectrum of papers presented. The organisation was very good at all stages and the venue was fantastic.” UK Delegate
  • “Sustainable development is crucial issue nowadays and I believe it’s rather an important matter to focus. Very well organized, very good quality of the presentation, very unique conference.” Russian Delegate

The conference has a strong reputation with Springer and Greenleaf Publishing, who have previously published our proceedings.  Papers will be put forward for publication with our publishing partners.

Leeds Sustainability Institute Event – Pattern recognition for building health


Using pattern recognition software to monitor the health of complex assets and processes in the energy industry

Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 2.00pm
The Business Lounge, Leeds Beckett University,
Old Broadcasting House, 148, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN

Speaker: John McAvoy, Cybula Ltd

Improvements in collection and storage of massive volumes of data are often not matched by the ability to interpret or exploit it. Cybula develops pattern recognition algorithms based on this data. Come along and hear how Cybula has proposed an innovative visualisation approach to solving this problem, helping increase efficiency and safety in power generation. In the back drop to forthcoming ESOS legislation this software has the potential to provide opportunities to energy managers in all sectors of the economy.

All welcome including non-members as guests.

All RISE for the next generation of green building pioneers


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

Over a hundred industry and academic professionals gathered at the Park Plaza hotel in Leeds for the inaugural RISE awards (#RISEawards). Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute and the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University and sponsored by Saint-Gobain UK, the awards celebrated the most pioneering sustainability research and development in the industry.

Presented by Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, the awards brought industry and academic bodies together for the first time, to reward innovation across eight different categories representing the four key strands of the RISE Awards; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. In a change from the usual application process, entrants were encouraged to use their creativity and create a one to two page visual poster outlining their project, product or initiative.

Speaking about the awards, Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, said: “The construction industry faces a huge challenge to become more energy efficient and sustainable, reducing the built environment’s contribution to climate change.

The RISE initiative has brought together leading construction partners, all with a keen desire to take the construction sector forward, forging a more sustainable and innovate industry.  The level of creativity demonstrated in the entries to ensure products and buildings are successful in the field was exceptional. Those commended and whom have achieved a RISE award have set a high benchmark on which we can build.

“The strength and diversity of approaches to sustainable design and construction means there is much to build on.   We have set our journey to become, not only a Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett, but one of excellence where the potential that can be achieved through industry and academic engagement is recognised.  Being part of the celebrations that recognise those pushing at the boundaries was an honour.”

Winners and those highly commended on the night were from a range of businesses; from architects to contractors to product designers and construction consultancies. Those who triumphed included Arc Building Solutions in the Field Research category for their innovative Eaves Insulator product, Leeds Environmental Design Associates in the Design, Innovation and Creativity category and BAM Construction who walked away with the behavioural change gong for their project addressing the energy performance gap on their builds. Innovative local developer CITU also picked up yet another award to add to their ever expanding trophy cabinet for their Little Kelham project, this time in the Sustainable Development category. Special awards were also given out on the night to Rockpanel, Yeme Architects and Saint-Gobain. Congratulations to all the winners (a full list can be found below)

The awards were a huge success and a fitting grand finale to the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held at Leeds Beckett.  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.

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Tom Cox, Research and Development Manager at Saint-Gobain UK added: “Saint-Gobain UK was delighted to support the first ever SEEDS Conference and RISE awards with its vision to support and promote productive academic and industry research partnerships. Our team had an excellent evening which was a fitting celebration to two highly enjoyable days of learning, debate and discussion. We will continue to work closely with the forward-thinking team at Leeds Sustainability Institute in the future.”


AWARD 1 – Field & Laboratory Research

ARC Building Solutions

Highly commended
Mott MacDonald

AWARD 2 – Product & Element Interface

Bauman Lyons Architects

Highly commended

AWARD 3 – New Technologies


Highly commended
C-Probe Systems Limited

AWARD 4 – Design, Innovation & Creativity


Highly commended

AWARD 5 – Sustainable Development & Energy


Highly commended
Green Building Store

AWARD 6 – Heritage Award for Restoration & Retrofit

Green Building Store

Highly commended
C-Probe Systems Limited

Highly commended
Studio Polpo

AWARD 7 – Behavioural Change

BAM Construction

Highly commended

Highly commended
Morgan Sindall

AWARD 8 -Enterprise

Mott MacDonald

Highly commended
ARC Building Solutions

Special RISE Awards

1. Chair’s Award for Most Innovative & Sustainable Approach to Restoration

Yeme Architects

Highly commended
Studio Polpo

2. CKE Special Award


Highly commended
Collett and Sons

3. Arts, Environment & Technology Special Award

Wakefield & District Housing

Highly commended
Rex Procter & Partners (Energy Services)

4. Leeds Sustainability Institute Award


Highly commended
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

SEEDS Academic Award for Best Poster

Beverley Clifton Morris and Liverpool John Moores University

Highly commended
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

SEEDS Academic Award for Best Technical Poster

Mott MacDonald

Highly commended
Martin Fletcher, Felix Thomas and Adrian Appleyard

SEEDS Conference Awards

1. CIOB Award for Best Academic Paper

Richard Jack, Dennis Loveday, David Allinson and Kevin Lomas

Highly commended
Joe Williams, Doctor Mike Lawrence and Professor Pete Walker

Highly commended
Fiona Fylan, Chris Gorse and David Glew

2. CIOB Award for Best Technical Paper

Guillaume Lethé

Highly commended
Francesco Pomponi, Poorang A.E. Piroozfar and Eric R.P. Farr

Highly commended
Dave Farmer, Chris Gorse, Dominic Miles-Shenton, Matthew Brooke-Peat and Calum Cuttle

3. LSI Award for Most Pragmatic Approach to Sustainability

Jody Harris, Andy Dougill and Alice Owen

Highly commended
Rachel Huxley

Highly commended
Ian Adrian Fletcher

4. LSI Award for Contribution to the Field

Fisayo Caleb Sangogboye, Olaf Droegehorn and Jari Porras

Highly commended
Iqbal Ahmed, Alexandra Klimova, Eric Rondeau and Andrei Rybin

Highly commended
Paul Chatterton

5. LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Developing Need

Oriel Kenny, Isobelle Logan, Andrew Swan and Jono West

Highly commended
Chuma Sineke and John Smallwood

Highly commended
Anthony J. Smith, Martin Pritchard and Alan Edmondson

6. LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Social Need

Martin Pritchard, Alan Edmondson, Tom Craven and Theresa Mkandawire

Highly commended
Richard Cozzens

Highly commended
Kevin Thomas and Ian Dickinson

7. SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Built Environment

Sara Lilley, Gill Davidson, Barry J. Gledson and Zaid Alwan

Highly commended
Fidelis Emuze

Highly commended
James Parker

8.SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Natural Environment

Agnieszka Knera, James Parker and Alan Poxon

Highly commended
Nicola Caravaggio and Martina Iorio

Highly commended
Hasan Hamouda, Nadine Abu-Shaaban and Eman Al-Swaity

9. Chair’s Award

Christopher Allen and Katharina Crafford

Highly commended
Erica Marshall, Julia Steinberger, Tim Foxon and Valerie Dupont

Highly commended
Benjamin A J Martin, Dawa Masih, Benson Lau, Paolo Beccarelli and John Chilton

From little SEEDS… celebrating research and development with our International Conference and grand finale RISE awards

Sustainable, Ecological, Engineering Design for Society Conference

Rosebowl, Leeds Beckett University
17th & 18th September 2015

The Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University are proud to be hosting this inaugural conference which aims to foster ideas, through research and proven practice, on how to reduce negative impacts on the environment while providing for the health of society. Our two day event will address the interdependence of people, the built and natural environments, and explore the interdisciplinary and international themes required to assemble the knowledge required for positive change.

The built environment has a greater impact on natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry. However, beyond the green rhetoric, research is being applied on the ground to address the balance between the built and natural environment. The aim of the International SEEDS Conference is to foster ideas, through research and proven practice, on how to reduce negative impacts on the environment while providing for the health of society. The professions and fields of research required to ensure buildings meet user demands and provide healthy enclosures are many and diverse. The SEEDS conference addresses the interdependence of people, the built and natural environments, and recognises the interdisciplinary and international themes required to assemble the knowledge required for positive change.

The Conference will bring together experts from around the world to focus on the impact of the built environment, the changes that are taking place in the industry, and the benefits and consequences of change that are being predicted and measured. The focus of discussion and debate will be on understanding how buildings and spaces are designed and nurtured to obtain the optimal outcome. As well as addressing technical issues, measuring energy efficiency and modelling energy performance, emphasis will be placed on the health and wellbeing of the users of spaces occupied. This holistic approach will draw together the research themes of energy, building performance and physics while placing health, wellbeing and ecology at the heart of the Conference.


Keynote Speakers
  • Tom Cox – R & D Manager, Saint-Gobain
  • Professor Simon Robinson – Leeds Beckett University
  • Mike Ormesher – Technical Director Northern Europe, KNAUF
  • Professor Eric Rondeau –  The University of Lorraine, France
  • Professor Malcolm Bell – Leeds Beckett University
  • Professor Paul Chatterton – The University of Leeds
  • Professor Chris Gorse – Leeds Beckett University
  • Professor Alice Owen – The University of Leeds


Click here to book your place!

Your booking will include two days attendance at the conference as well as two evening dinners including attendance at Friday night’s Grand Finale, the inaugural RISE Awards (further information here)

Introducing our conference finale… 


Friday 18th September, Park Plaza Hotel, Leeds

Click here for more info

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