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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

WITH THANKS TO OUR HEADLINE SPONSORKI

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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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,

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

***IMPORTANT***

PLEASE PRINT OFF AND READ OUR ABSTRACT GUIDANCE DOCUMENTATION BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL

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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.

Brightest Greenest Buildings Europe 2015

Once again The UK Living Building Challenge Collaborative and Leeds Beckett University’s Green Vision & Leeds Sustainability Institute  will be exhibiting at this free to attend virtual exhibition dedicated to Europe’s most successful and greenest building projects and green building solutions. Brightest! Greenest! Buildings EUROPE 2015 is a virtual exhibition, organised by an international project team to promote the greenest building projects and associated solutions in Europe. With an extremely low carbon footprint,  this exhibition and conference will reach over 50 countries in the European market in a highly efficient & energy saving manner.

In a shift of direction from last year’s conference, then entitled ExpoC21, Brightest! Greenest! Buildings Europe 2015 will run over several months with an evolving focus and a diverse monthly Events Programme featuring topical presentations from international experts and advocates. The expo will officially launch on 10 June 2015 & it’s first set of presentations will include contributions from Delta Development Group, C.F. Møller, The Carbon Trust, MIPIM’s Innovation Forum and many more! This launch event will also see the soft lauch of Base EU Cities following it’s successful programme on smart cities it has implemented throughout the UK. The event itself will also feature a wide range of different exhibitors featuring investors, project developers, designers, green building consultants and rating tool assessors and other services as well as technologies, products, and materials providers. Last year over 1500 people attended across two days and this year the organizers expect to welcome 10000 people over several months. Speaking about last year’s exhibition, Green Vision chair Martin Brown says,

“Visiting the stands was actually easier and more enjoyable than a real show, being able to chat and pick up brochures, watch videos and read posters with ease. I had numerous business card exchanges and agreements to get in touch after the show to discuss possible collaboration on Living Building Challenge, sustainability, green schools and social media, including a future discussion to be had on possible funding. I would have considered it a very good day at any real life show.” Martin’s full review of last year’s show can be read here

Further information about the event, including the team behind it, the promotional plan as well as last year’s highlights can be found on the website. In the meantime here is a sneaky peak of our stand at the event, do register online at http://www.brightestgreenestbuildings.eu/, create your avatar & come and visit us on the 10th!

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Net Positive Water – CANCELLED

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THE EVENT BELOW. WE HOPE TO REARRANGE THE PRESENTATIONS FOR A LATER DATE, PLS KEEP CHECKING BACK HERE FOR DETAILS

(Excerpts of this text have been sourced from “Is Water the Next Carbon?” post by Andrew Winston and Will Sarni, Harvard Business Review)

We all take water for granted. Even though water is critical for human life, ecosystems and as a major process or product input for industry, it’s a resource that very few of us think actively about managing.

Water, often referred to as the “new Carbon” is arguably the next major sustainability hurdle the built environment faces. Recent reports have highlighted some key issues;

  • Water demand is increasing while water quality is decreasing
  • Impacts of Climate change will affect water availability
  • Price does not reflect the real value of water
  • We need to collectively develop new ways to manage water.

Now then is a perfect time to consider better, perhaps even radical, approaches to the design, management & conservation of this vital resource.

How could we, as emerging standards are suggesting, move towards net-positive or closed loop water systems where all water in a building is “captured, treated, used/reused and released clean within the boundaries of the building”. Buildings as water cleansing facilites rather than buildings as water polluting facilities?

On Wednesday 11th March Green Vision will be hosting the second is their Construction and Assemby spring series focussing on a number of current approaches to help us better understand the water challenge and to improve our thinking around water design, management & conservation.

Our speakers for this event will be Louise Walker, Innovation Manager at water@leeds who will be talking about how we can better incorporate water into our thinking for new buildings & retrofit to help improve water quality, reduce flooding, provide water resources & create better places to live. This sounds ambitious but it is all part of the concept of ‘Water Sensitivity’ and has been embraced through initiatives such as Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in Australia. Currently, water management in the UK is compartmentalised & surface water management in particular is not prioritised. How can we improve the situation and will the Water Petal of the Living Building Challenge help?

Our second speaker for this event will be Martin Brown, Green Vision and Living Building Challenge Ambassador who will be joining us live from the Bullitt Centre in Seattle for a short audio update with insights into to his visit to the “Greenest Building in the World” including their water management strategies.  “The goal of the Bullitt Centre is to drive change in the property and built environment marketplace faster and further by showing what’s possible today. The era of harm reduction, half steps and lesser evils is behind us… we need to be bold in ways that were once unimaginable”

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It’s time to Learn from Nature

Last Wednesday, 11th February, we hosted the first in our Green Vision Construction & Assembly Series, a lively event focussing on Learning from Nature introducing the concepts of biomimicry and biophilic design which generated much debate and food for thought. I think it’s fair to say we all left having learnt something new… even it is was purely the existance of dog vomit slime mould as a building tool!

Our combined write-up & storify of the event is detailed below although we encourage anyone interested in this topic & themes around it to get in touch with the team to carry on the debate. Also follow the hashtag #gvis2015 to join in the discussion online.

Our next event on 11th March is entitled Net Positive Water where we will be continuing the discussions around the circular economy & “closing the loop”, in terms of water management strategies. Full details & booking here

 

#GreenBIM – bringing the two concepts together

On Wednesday 3rd December, a full house of attendees joined us at WSP in Leeds for our inaugural GreenBIM event. The conference was extremely well recieved and we are delighted to be able to present you with our storify summary of the event below. Our storify includes tweets, images and PDFs of all the presentations from the event.

“It was such an amazing and informative #GreenBIM today! Thank you!”

“Brilliant experience – learnt a lot very quickly”

Our next ThinkBIM & Green Vision series start in February with twilight seminars on 4th February (ThinkBIM) and 11th February (Green Vision). Also look out for details our of first Constructing Excellence breakfast event of 2015 on 28th January.

BDE Podcast on Passivhaus with Elrond Burrell & Chris Herring

We are delighted to be able to share with you the podcast of a unique interview conducted by Mark Wilson from Building Design Expert at our recent Constructing Excellence YH Passivhaus breakfast seminar with Elrond Burrell from Architype Architects and Chris Herring from Green Building Store . This interview explored the entire design & build process of Passivhaus with some interesting insights from our two event speakers.

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Architype Architects are based in Hereford and have a passion for sustainable architecture. Hand in glover with sustainable building design is the need to reduce energy use. Architype have achieved this by adopting the Passivhaus design and building standard; with a growing reputation for use of the standard on a commercial scale with offices and school buildings, in addition to large scale and one off housing projects.

The Green Building Store represents Passivhaus design development from the contracting side of the industry, and their reputation has grown around not only their on site attention to detail with their ability to successfully implement the Passivhaus standard, but their sourcing of products and technology that will meet the rigorous performance requirements that the standard demands.

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