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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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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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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,

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

 

Knowledge

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

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