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International SEEDS Conference 2017: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society – 13th & 14th September 2017

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 

(maximum 300 words)

Healthy Environments,Buildings and Spaces: Current position and future models

Leeds Beckett University, UK 13th and 14th September 2017

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. 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.
You are invited to submit Abstracts under the themes listed below.
Please submit Abstracts by 20th February 2017 to:
You are encouraged to submit abstracts as early as possible in order to receive prompt feedback. Early acceptance will enable you to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ rate for the Conference and make a £60.00 saving.
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Some comments from those who attended the successful SEEDS Conference in 2015/2016 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
  • “Very well organised and focused in my area of research. Fantastic information gained and shared”. Irish Delegate
The conference has a strong reputation for working with established publishers. Papers will be put forward for publication with our publishing partners.

You are invited to submit Abstracts under the following themes:
 
Protecting nature and the natural environment
Building and environment design
Energy efficient modelling, simulation and BIM
Integrating urban and natural environment
Building performance, analysis and evaluation
Thermal comfort, air quality and overheating
Green spaces, enclosures and buildings
Green technologies and IT
Renewable energy
Energy flexibility
Energy behaviour and lifestyle
Dampness, water damage and flooding
Building surveys, thermography, building pathology
Water and air quality Education & Training
Planning and sculpturing positive change
Reducing consumption and waste
Sustainability, ethics and responsibility
Behaviour Change
Community 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
Edible urban landscape
Biomimicry and Biophilic Design
Other related fields will be considered.
 

 

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

8thJUNE2016

 

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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