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.
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