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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

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Healthy Buildings to Healthy Minds – joining the dots at Green Vision

Imagine buildings that foster net-positive health and happiness. Buildings that can actually make us healthier and feel better from working or living in them – sounds great doesn’t it? Well that was the theme of last month’s Green Vision “Health & Happiness” seminar where we welcomed around 20 industry professionals to Squire Patton Boggs in Leeds to explore some of the new thinking correlating building design with health.

First to speak was Green Vision chair, Martin Brown, who gave an overview of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) performance standard and the LBC UK collaborative who have been hosting workshops for over a year now outlining the requirements of the standard and the seven tranches (known as petals) by which a building can be assessed against. The Living Building Challenge is the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard & calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture. There are 7 ‘petals’ within the standard; place, water, beauty, materials, energy, equity & health and happiness. Find out more about the Living Building Challenge UK collaborative here and contact us if you wish to get involved.

We also welcomed Victoria Lockhart , Wellbeing & Sustainability expert at Arup Associates who introduced the International Wellbuilding standard of which Arup is the first organisation outside of the USA to support.  The WELL Building Standard®, administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ is an evidenced based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and wellbeing. The standard is third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which administers the LEED certification program and the LEED professional credentialing program. As with the Living Building Challenge, the standard provides a structured framework against which projects can optimise their impacts on human health, with performance requirements defined across seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

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Finally, in a slight change of tone for the seminar, but of no less importance, we welcomed Elliot Cohen, Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University to talk about mindfulness. There are many different descriptions of mindfulness out there but perhaps the best one comes from bemindful.co.uk who describe it as

“an integrative, mind–body-based approach that can help you manage your thoughts and feelings, and change the way you relate to experiences. The practise of Mindfulness helps/teaches us to pay attention to the present moment without judgement, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps us become more aware of our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.”

Anyone can practice mindfulness as Elliot ably demonstrated with a series of short breathing exercises with the assembled. Why is mindfulness important to building design? Well, people are critical to good building design & studies have shown that mindfulness can be one of key drivers for fostering behavioural change & collaboration in teams. Not to mention the obvious health benefits of helping us to destress,  regain focus, be more effective and look at challenges more objectively – who wouldn’t want that?

Check out our short storify of the event below. Anyone who is interested in viewing the slides for this event, please send an email to ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and we will send you the link.

 

Ever wondered how the built environment can contribute to our health & happiness?

Imagine buildings that foster net-positive health and happiness. Buildings that can actually make us healthier and feel better from working or living in them. This evening seminar, aligned with our Living Building Challenge afternoon session, will focus on the emerging importance of health and happiness within the built environment.

We are seeing built environment sustainability mature, at design, construction and facilities management stages, moving away from an approach that focuses solely on technology, energy and water performance to embrace health, happiness and even mindfulness.

This not to be missed event will feature the following speakers:

Introduction to Net Positive Health and Happiness Thinking 

Martin Brown, Chair Green Vision and LBC UK, fairsnape

Mindfulness – Training in Tranquility and Cultivating Creativity  

Dr Elliot Cohen, Senior Lecturer in Psychology,

Leeds Beckett University

An introduction to the Well Building Standard 

Victoria Lockhart, Arup Associates, Wellbeing and Sustainability Specialist, LEED AP ID+C, BREEAM AP, WELL AP

Wednesday 13th May 2015

17:30 to 19:30

Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP, 2 Park Lane, Leeds

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