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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.
 

 

SEEDS Conference 2016 – Call for Abstracts

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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

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Please submit Abstracts by 18th March 2016 to lsiconference@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

 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.

Materials – our sustainable building blocks

Construction materials are quite literally the building blocks for a truly sustainable design, construction and maintenance industry.

No longer do we to specify and procure materials on function and aesthetics alone, but the consideration of a myriad of economic, environmental and social sustainability aspects is now essential. Balancing these ‘triple bottom line’ aspects brings a new approach to traditional material choice, to value management and engineering exercises, increasingly recognised as ‘appropriate sourcing‘.

Alternative, natural, ‘sustainable’ materials are now established in the choice mix along side the traditional petroleum based products.

Social specification and procurement of materials is key to successful and meaningful localism agendas, whilst also reducing transport miles and carbon. (Up to 70% of a projects construction CO2 is related to transportation of materials to the project)

Consideration of healthy materials is likely to dominate sustainable construction thinking over the next few years, we hear ever-increasing reference to red list materials, in their manufacture, transport, handling, impact on building occupants and disposal.

Waste is now accepted as a  huge driver and factor for sustainable construction. We have made great improvement in waste management over the last decade. Yet maybe we have to step back and understand the recycling spiral loops we have embedded in to our industry, to question whether we are really being resource efficient.

Collectively these emerging material restraints and opportunities are game changers in the world of material specification, procurement, construction and facilities management, and critical to a successful sustainable construction strategy.

Green Vision’s autumn 2012 series tackles the material issue head on, themed around the Cradle to Cradle philospohy with a collection of evening presentations, Tweetchat discussions on alternative materials and modern material specification issues, an online Tweetchat based book club discussion of Cradle to Cradle, culminating  in a half day web enabled conference in Leeds with a Cradle to Cradle keynote speaker.

If you are involved in material selection, specification, manufacture, procurement, construction or maintenance, this autumn series will be of great benefit in increasing your awareness and understanding in this crucial area.

See you there.

Series overview:

15th Oct #GVisChat  Tweetchat Alternative Materials 8pm UK Time

17 Oct Whole Life Thinking  17.30 Leeds, featuring:

‘Drivers for Sustainable Material Choice’ Paul Toyne, WSP

‘A Lifecycle Approach to Sustainable Product Strategies’ Louis Brimacombe, Tata Steel

12th Nov #GVischat Tweetchat  Specifying Green Materials/Red Lists’ 8pm  UK Time

14th Nov Specifying Green 17.30 Leeds, featuring:

‘Green Specifying using NBS Create’ John Gelder, RIBA Enterprises

‘REACH: Impact on Construction Materials’ Dr. Peter Ruifrok, Eagle Rock Life Sciences,

10th Dec #GVischat Cradle to Cradle Tweetchat discussion 8pm UK Time

12th Dec Sustainable Materials 13.30 Leeds OBC  Half Day GVis Conference

To register please click here

Renewable Experts Bank on a Green Future

A group of renewables experts have come together at the country’s leading sustainable development, Greenhouse in support of Leeds City Region’s bid to host the proposed Green Investment Bank (GIB) which the Government plans to capitalise with £3bn in order to stimulate the green economy.

The show of support for Leeds City Region’s GIB bid was attended by Melanie Taylor of Leeds City Region, Mark Goldstone from Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Walton, Managing Director of Yorkshire Bank, Chris Thompson of Citu, Phil Roberts of GMI Renewables, Mark Duncan of Duncan Renewables, Andrew Hudson of G&H Sustainability and Chris Tinson of Veritas Recruitment Solutions and its newly launched subdivision Renewables Recruitment.

The group is planning further events and inviting other industry leaders from the renewables sector to join them.

Chris Tinson, Managing Director of Veritas and Renewables Recruitment, which specialises in recruitment throughout the renewables sector, explains: “Leeds is home to the strongest financial base outside London and the Yorkshire region is establishing a thriving green economy with plans for a number of innovative projects being unveiled recently such as Siemens’ wind turbine factory in Hull and the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.

“We recruit renewables professionals for many of the country’s leading players and have just launched Renewables Recruitment to specialise in this booming market and continue attracting leading candidates in the industry to the region. It definitely makes sense to base the GIB at the heart of a region that embraces and leads the green economy and bringing together so many professionals demonstrates our support for the bid and hopefully enhances our chances of winning.”

Mark Duncan, Managing Director of Duncan Renewables, added: “The Leeds City Region is centrally positioned and its historic role as a financial hub supporting major banks and building societies makes it the ideal location for hosting the GIB. Yorkshire was the birth place of the industrial revolution and with its leading role in the application of solar and wind technologies, it is already at the heart of the renewable energy revolution.”

Chris Thompson, Managing Director of sustainable property developers, Citu, continued: “The Leeds City Region has always been forward thinking when it comes to renewables which is why we chose Leeds for our landmark project, Greenhouse. The development is a UK first combining energy saving and renewable technologies with a sharp innovative edge, pioneering technology and internet infrastructure.

“After working with the council, local suppliers and members of the local community throughout the development of Greenhouse, and now our future projects, it’s clear that as a region we’re committed to creating a ‘greener’ future. Working in collaboration across the corporate and public sectors, Leeds is already ahead of other cities and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with businesses securing funding from the GIB.”

This article also appeared in the Yorkshire Times

Green Vision 2011: tweetchat round up

Key thoughts from Green Vision tweetchats

During 2011, Green Vision held three facilitated and structured tweetchats on built environment green issues, enabling real global conversations and brainstorm exploring thoughts around a specific topic.

Comments and discussions from the chats are fed into and used to inform the physical (and online) Green Vision conferences and seminars held in Leeds.

Looking back over the chat transcripts, this round up is a personal top 12 – the key messages I took away from the chats. I hope that they also inspire you …

Our first tweetchat looked at the Future of Energy in Buildings, where, discussing innovation in energy…

Innovation in energy will come from outside the built environment and be driven by the users of facilities, buildings and energy.

More responsive to the buildings surroundings, the environment and ecology- thus nature all-round holistic.

We need to see more Living buildings that contribute not just consume.

Buildings of the future will have no high tech energy systems – but natural passive approaches.

Our second tweetchat moved on to discuss Eco Refits,

Retrofitting commercial building stock is still the big untapped built environment solution

In-efficient buildings are quality failures, and can be seen as a  failure of CSR

Passivhuas won’t be the best we can do forever – need to think beyond passivhaus.

Communication for eco refit at every level, from the user to designer to the builder, is the solution

The third and final Green Vision tweetchat of 2011 looked at Building Occupant Behaviour:

Low carbon buildings can only be effective with low carbon people. End users and occupants need help and guidance. Lack of attention to occupant behaviour and the way we use buildings is a key factor as to why buildings and facilities do not achieve design performance.

Facilities Management need to engage in the occupant behaviour debate and make it easier for occupants to be involved in energy management, to have more local control, even to the extent of local energy budgets (at team, dept or even individual level), even incentivised

Sustainable leadership (owners/designers/architects/builders) may be too technical and eco-kit orientated. Sustainable leaders of the future will be more social focused.

Occupant behaviour is a discipline that hasn’t been invented as yet

Tweetchats will kick off again for a 2012 season at 8pm GMT on the 11th Jan, looking ahead to what we can expect, or dream of for built environment sustainability in the coming year.

 

Check out the 2012 Green Vision events in Leeds kicking off with the Cutting Costs and Carbon theme.

If you are interested in the green vision topics, we invite you to join us in the tweetchats and or twitter conversations by following @gvischat @ckegroup and @fairsnape

(If you are new to twitter, or would like to get involved, we can help you join the conversations through our twitter101 tutorials, please get in touch)

 

 

Great Green Deal Re-Skilling?

Following on from the depressing news that Construction lacks green, key business and foresight skills, in particular 43% of employers dont feel they understand the implications of green issues,or ability to identify the training needs, are we facing a green deal barrier?

Need for New Skills

We read in the Low Carbon Plan from the Government, (“much re-skilling of the construction industry to deliver the planned targets of greenhouse gas reduction by at least 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050″),  from the IGT Report of the need for green skills, we read that PAS 2030 and codes of conduct will access sustainability skills, training and development. The FMB Cut the Carbon programme focuses on the need for new skills.

Will it turn out OK?

Rob Hopkins in his Transition Handbook, (see my blog back in 2008 time for built environment transition?) in a futures scenario talked about the Great Construction Reskilling, the NEF paper, How it all turned out ok celebrates how we recovered our lack of traditional skills, succeeded in addressing the localism issue and turned energy ineffective buildings into models of zero carbon. (again my blog: How it all turned out OK in 2050)

Who is defining …

But do we have an understanding of what green skills mean? Is it just an understanding of good sustainability awareness (eliminating waste, reducing carbon, buying local etc), Is it technical, natural materials (see the Transition Culture archive for reskilling) or is it something more deeper, profound.

Green Re-skilling starts at the board level…

Do we imply the reskilling is just for operatives, or wider to include supervisors, managers and (in my view essential) board directors and senior managers? Maybe this isn’t a training issue to be lodged with the HR team but one of crucial CSR strategy for organisation? (see A Low Carbon Diet For Construction Boards)

A question then …

What are construction boards, contractors, installers, training organisations, industry bodies doing, plan to do, or indeed have done to understand and address sustainability skills.

(This blog item also appeared on my isite blog and posted to the Groups on Linkedin for comment)

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