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First of it’s kind, virtual Construction 21 Expo – 14th & 15th May

Happening on 14th & 15th May is the first virtual construction trade show, Construction 21 Expo, which will showcase the latest in sustainable products & technologies for the European market. Leading green investors, developers, bankers, building owners, project managers, architects, engineers, facilities managers, technology, materials, products, and service providers along with municipalities, expert organizations and other key stakeholders of green building projects will participate in this one of kind event.

Visit the C21 Expo website http://construction21expo.eu/event-info.html and sign up now to join in from the comfort of your desk

Construction 21 Photo competition – send us your images!

Green Vision are delighted to have been asked by Construction 21 #Expoc21 to coordinate a photo competition happening over the two days and we want your entries!

Share your images, photos and screen grabs from within the show. We are looking for two types of entries, the best of each category will win a prize.

Category 1) Best image that captures the brightest greenest aspect of the show

Category 2) Best image that captures the best Avatar side of the show

Share to instagram, facebook or twitter, but make sure you use the hashtags #EXPOC21 and #EXPOC21snapped on instagram & twitter so we can pick up your images. 

The competition closes at midnight on 15th May. The winners will be announced on Friday 16th May.

Great day for @lsigreenvison at #GBexpo14

 

Myself (@clairecke ) and Martin Brown (@fairsnape)  took to a few of the stages at GreenBuild Expo yesterday in Manchester presenting with partners on topics including Healthy Buildings and The Living Building Challenge. The audience was varied but on the most part we fended some good questions and connected with some new organisations wanting to know more about Living Buildings some seeing it as a real and exciting  new way of looking at buildings focusing on the end goal rather than box ticking.

We kickstarted the day with a bit of networking in the speakers rooms closely followed by our first session up on the Yellow stage

10:45 – 11:30, Yellow Seminar Room Introduction to the Living Building Challenge with Green Vision & Fairsnape

The principles behind the Living Building Challenge are starting to ‘stir the sustainability pot’ encouraging us to think differently how we approach sustainability in design, in construction and in green building certification.
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13:00 to 13:45, Blue Seminar Room Green Vision Health Buildings with Nigel Sagar, Skanska and Claire Bowles , Green Vision

This session was brilliant as Nigel Sagar took to the stage to present on their Green Palette , the presentation dovetailed excelelntly with the Health petal of the Living Buidling Challenge , with a strong determination as an oprganisation to exclude hazardous materials in their materials selection . Great to see a contractor taking sucha  strong stand and will be looking forward to working with Chris Hayes and Nigel moving forwards.

 

This session was moving away form the traditional themes of Green Building and starting to talk about Health benefits o occupants taking the audience through both the  Skanska Color PaletteTM and the Living Building Challenge certification scheme being launched in the UK.

Reference was made to the major global project which will help to define the health and productivity benefits of green office buildings is being formally launched in March 2014 by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

Alex Whitcroft brought his insight and hands on experience of Material selection on a living building challenge project in the US . His knowledge and hands on experience of dealing with suppliers and manufacturers offers brilliant insight into what can be achieved with a team who are determined to work towards a ‘living building’

13:30 to 15:30, Green Deal Foyer Sustainability & Social Media with Be2Camp & Greenvision

This BE2 session, excellently led by @fairsnape Martin Brown showcased a range  of web approaches that address and push built environment sustainability through a series of interactive BE2 talks  from  @fairsnape @annehydeparker@alexwhitcroft @clairecke @lsigreenvision @meme_cloud @thirlwallassoc @mking007 @davidburden @vinsumner

The day was filled with discussion and presentations around emerging themes for the Buildt environment touching on Twitter as a tool for project management , fully immersive environments , Data and Its use , The use of social media for Higher Education and last but not least some insights and practice of mindfulness from @annhydeparker which stopped and made us all think … for more of her great work check her out here

Thanks to all of the team Liz , Mitch and Donna for makling it a great day of presentations and networking for all .

Green Vision at Greenbuild 2014

Green Vision are pleased to announce that we have partnered with a number of great organisations to bring you three interesting, innovative & stimulating sessions at this year’s Greenbuild and we want to see you there!

 
10:45 – 11:30, Yellow Seminar Room
 
Introduction to the Living Building Challenge with Green Vision & Fairsnape
The principles behind the Living Building Challenge are starting to ‘stir the sustainability pot’ encouraging us to think differently how we approach sustainability in design, in construction and in green building certification. This session, led by Martin Brown and Claire Bowles from the Living Building Challenge Collaborative will provide an introduction to the Challenge.
 
13:00 to 13:45, Blue Seminar Room
 
Health Buildings with Green Vision & Nigel Sagar, Skanska
Green Vision will focus on Healthy Buildings and the benefits to occupants taking a look at Skanska Color PaletteTM and the Living Building Challenge certification scheme being launched in the UK and the impact of these on healthy materials selection.
 
13:30 to 15:30, Green Deal Foyer
 
Sustainability & Social Media with Be2Camp & Greenvision
This BE2 session, curated by co-founders Martin Brown and Paul Wilkinson, will showcase a number of web approaches that address and push built environment sustainability through a series of interactive BE2 talks (TEDx style presentations) from innovative organisations and individuals.
 

13.30 Welcome, Introduction and Be2Camp Sustainability Manifesto. Martin Brown, @fairsnape

13.40 Your brain as your best renewable building material. Anne Parker @annehydeparker

13.50 The sharing economy for businesses Alex Whitcroft, &Share @alexwhitcroft

5 Min Break

14.05 Sustainability Event sharing across social media, Claire Bowles, Green Vision @lsigreenvision

14:15 Construction Carbons Vassos Chrysostomou, ConstructCO2 @constructco2

14:25 Social Studio, Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Futures, Jenni Barrett UCLAN @meme_cloud

14.35 Scissors, Tweets, Stone: social media the new paper? Claire Thirlwall, Thirwall Associates @thirlwallassoc

5 min Break

14:50 A census of sensors – Internet of things, Mike King, Housahedron @mking007

15:00 Immersive Environments – The Social Building Model, David Burden, DADEN @davidburden

15:10 Immersive BIM – Through the Looking Glass, Vin Sumner Clicks & Links @vinsumner

15:20 BE2 and the Be2Awards 2014 Martin Brown, Be2Camp @be2camp

Join us for the first #gvischat of 2014 focusing on Living Building Challenge

Join us on the 6th February where, as part of the UKGBC’s Pinpoint programme taking place 3-7 Feb to increase awareness of The Living Building Challenge in the UK with UKGBC members, we will be hosting, with @UKGBC Pinpoint, a conversation with Amanda Sturgeon, VP of the Living Building Challenge at the International Living Futures Institutein Seattle.

The tweetchat will run for 60mins and provide ample opportunity to post questions to guests, share your experiences and comment on the subject matter.

The conversation starts at 11am PST, 2pm ET and 7pm UK. Please use the the #GVischat hashtag to join in.

UKGBC to host 5-day online Living Building Challenge discussion

The UKGBC have announced that as part of this year’s pinpoint discussion series they will be running a number of sessions on the Living Building Challenge

The discussion will start on 3 February with a look at the Living Building Challenge (LBC) accreditation and performance standard for sustainable buildings. Members will be weighing in with their opinions on this progressive rating system that has an underlying sustainability philosophy which incorporates advocacy and governance. Members are also welcome to join in a tweet chat on Thursday 6 February with Amanda Sturgeon, VP of the International Living Futures Institute, developers of the LBC as well as Martin Brown and Claire Bowles of the LBC UK Collaborative. For those interested in learning more about the LBC, check out the supported events section for training days in Leeds (5 February) and London (28 February). UK-GBC members can take advantage of a substantial discount. 

 About the Living Building Challenge

 The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification programme that defines measures of sustainability in the built environment.

The Challenge is comprised of seven performance areas, or ‘Petals’: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable Typology, or project type, be it a building (both renovation of an existing structure, or new construction), infrastructure, landscape or community development.

Becoming Mindful in Management

The room became completely silent.  Just for a few moments, seconds even.  And yet within that silence was a deep calm, magnified even because of the number of people in the room.  The deep calm felt nourishing and rich and resourceful.

‘Whaaaaat??’ I hear you cry ‘You think this has something to do with management??’ ‘When we have targets to meet, customers to satisfy, staff to lead – and all sorts of other challenges every day!’

Yes I do.  It is well known that human beings live in a ‘Performance Paradox’ – this has been most brilliantly articulated by Tony Schwartz amongst others.  Whilst a stretch for the imagination against what seems to be the law of Physics, human beings can often achieve more by doing less.  It is the antithesis of the use of machines.  Many studies show that rather than achieving more by doing longer hours (like a machine would), a human being achieves more by doing less and responding to the rhythmic needs of their human systems.

In other words if a human being becomes very busy and overloaded, their optimal levels of performance start to diminish.  And over time this gets worse.  You may notice that a relentlessly ‘busy’ person often starts to use 50 words to explain something where 10 will do.  They may do several things at once and yet this makes each single task take longer or is done less well.  A very calm person may be incisive and cut through the weeds, bringing effectiveness to everything they do.

It doesn’t stop there.  The human stress response which is activated by lots of ‘doing’, and by multiple ‘doing’ is felt in other human ways – ones that are physical and emotional as well as mental.  Poor sleep ensues for example which adds to the loop of poor concentration, fragmented thoughts and stirred up emotions.

In a knowledge based economy where your thoughts and intellect is what adds the value to your work then the performance of your brain and your whole human system is what will give your best performance.  And this is a beautiful place to be.  The state of being  relaxed whilst alert is an optimal operating level for a human being – and it feels good!  It is often experienced as a state of ‘flow’ which is a great immersion in a task – you may even call it part of ‘employee engagement’ and, because it feels so good and achieves such great things, once you have experienced this, you may want it again and again!  This is great because achieving a state of ‘flow’ regularly programmes this into your brain and it becomes easier and easier to access.

‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Mindful Leadership’ are proving to be the antidote to 21st Century living for many people who have been experiencing the negative effects of ‘Bigger, Faster, Stronger’ and want to introduce greater depth, quality and intelligence into their work in a way that is much more sustainable over protracted lengths of time.

This can be learnt.  If learnt by one person it positively impacts those around them just as a stressed person negatively impacts those around them.  It is a 21st century set of skills and experiences drawn from ancient wisdoms of 3000 years old. 

You can learn it.  You, your team and your employer can all benefit.  You may find that as you do – your mind and body breathes a sigh of relief…..

And then, watch this space….

Anne Parker, Anne Parker Ltd:

About Anne: Anne is a highly experienced Management Development Facilitator and coach who draws from her own mindful practices and disciplines to deliver her sessions

Interested in finding out more? Leeds Metropolitan University are running an 8 week course with Anne on Mindful Management starting 19th February 2014 (evenings 6-8:30pm)

Further info and booking details here

Constructing Excellence – why you should get involved

By Duncan Reed, Tekla & Green Vision Ambassador

I missed the Green Vision December conference as I was attending a Constructing Excellence meeting.

Firstly I have to admit that I wasn’t really aware of Constructing Excellence until about a year or so ago – is that just another example of how many organisations there are that exist to ‘support’ construction so that it can be hard to see the wood for the trees? But that is another blog all of its own I suspect.

From the ‘About Us’ Constructing Excellence webpage:

Constructing Excellence http://www.constructingexcellence.org.uk/ is the single organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction. We exist to improve industry performance in order to produce a better built environment. We are a cross-sector, cross-supply chain, member led organisation operating for the good of industry and its stakeholders.

Our Pedigree

In the mid-nineties a wide spread recognition arose of the need for the construction industry to improve the service it provided to its clients while also ensuring future viability for the wide range of organisations that operated in the industry.

In response to Sir Michael Latham’s 1994 report ‘Constructing the Team’ and Sir John Egan’s 1998 report ‘Rethinking Construction’ a number of cross industry bodies were formed to drive change. These included:

  • Reading Construction Forum
  • Design Build Foundation
  • Construction Best Practice Programme
  • Movement for Innovation
  • Local Government Task Force
  • Rethinking Construction
  • Be
  • Constructing Excellence
  • Construction Clients’ Group

Significant progress has been made in driving these initiatives into the practicing industry with many examples of projects that have been run in accordance with the fundamental principles.

In order to streamline the effort involved, all the above cross industry bodies were united as Constructing Excellence in 2003 to form a powerful, influential voice for improvement in the built environment sector.

Anyway, the meeting I attended – the CE Sustainability Group – was my second and another really interesting event with a very wide range of construction professionals present – the Highways Agency, an architect from Faulkner Brown, contractors Balfour Beatty and Skanska, manufacturers Knauf and Polypipe, myself representing Tekla, WRAP and the BRE and this is the key reason why CE events are so successful. Each person brought their own sustainability experiences and shared these in an open and wide ranging day’s discussion. Amongst other subjects we discussed were

  • Feedback from the CE National Convention held on 15th November 2013 including how CE is responding the Government Industrial Strategy Construction 2025
  • How the G4C – Generation for Collaboration group can realise change in businesses – and, yes, another new construction group for me
  • Strategies for linking this CE group to the regional CE Best Practice clubs – now these I had heard of thanks to Green Vision
  • The debate currently underway as to whether the UK housing market has the appetite to actually deliver housing that can achieve Code 5 or 6 certification.
  • The future of WRAP
  • The ICR – Infrastructure Carbon Review – and how the HA are responding to this
  • BS 8895-1:2013 Designing for material efficiency in building projects. Code of practice for Strategic Definition and Preparation and Brief. An invitation from WRAP for CE members to join the committee developing this standard
  • PAS 2070:2012 Specification for the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions of a city by direct plus supply chain, and consumption-based approaches. A document, developed by the Greater London Authority, to assess scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions
  • An embodied carbon database, produced by Arup and being developed as a tool by WRAP

As you can see, a huge amount of information was shared and discussed, from specific details to national strategies and lots of internet searches and further reading for me.

The meeting was rounded off with a lively Pecha Kucha session with myself, Lorna Stork of Knauf, Sandy Mackay from the BRE and Geri Smith of Balfour Beatty all talking ‘against the clock’ on the subject “What does sustainability mean to me/my organisation”.

So why this blog? Well quite simply as a sales pitch for everyone involved in construction to find out more about Constructing Excellence and to get involved. There are numerous specialist groups within CE looking at Construction Clients Group, G4C (Generation for Change), International, Asset Management, BIM, Collaborative Working Champions, Funding & Finance , Housing, Infrastructure, Nuclear, Social Media, Sustainability, Water Sector benchmarking and Clients’ Health & Safety so something for everyone to get involved with.

The next CE Sustainability Group meeting, on 20th March, will be all around the subject of Green BIM. See you there!!

#GVis Sustainable Materials: Healthy Buildings

Over 40 construction professionals gathered at Green Vision as we kick started our autumn series at Squires Sanders, 2 Park Lane in Leeds yesterday evening, in collaboration with the regional Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. ‘Healthy Buildings’ was the focus, with an excellent panel of speakers covering the health drivers for sustainable material selection, importance of material selection in driving health improvements in hospitals, schools and offices and some startling research findings presented on evidence of health issues as a result of VOCs in building materials.

Chris Hayes of Skanska presented their ‘Color Palette’ and its application as a tool for one of their projects; the Karolinska Hosptial. Eddie Murphy of Mott MacDonald made a plea for engaging the User and Evidence Based Design as a means to creating better, healthy workplaces and environments. Dejan Mumovic presented a compelling case for an increase in air quality research.

Chris Hayes gave an overview of Skanska’s approach to green building introducing their ‘Color Palette’ and highlighting some impressive materials vetting from toxicity to life cycle impacts being used on the Karolinska Hospital project in Sweden. Chris stressed the importance of an intelligent client and supply chains in reaching ‘deep green’, and indicated that Skanska had pulled out of the USA Chamber of Commerce due to a clash of ethics with their stance on LEED materials, certainly evidence of an organisation standing by its green values.

Eddie shared his experience on Vulcan House and 2 St. Pauls as to the satisfaction levels of the end users of the building and advocated putting the user at the centre of design to over come the User performance gap. Reference was made to the work by Dr. Kerstin Sailor on ‘The generative Building’ and how a building can generate better social exchanges and more productive workplaces as well as enhance and improve the organization working within it. The key message was that in order to understand a building it is necessary to understand the clients, their business and the way in which the building will be used… Perhaps clients would pay more for POE’s if they could see the direct benefit in terms of improved business for them.

Last, but by no means least, was Dejan Mumovic from UCL who shared some of his research findings on air quality within schools in central London.
Schools pose a complex design challenge as they need to perform well over wide range of environmental issues and as children are much more vulnerable to air born pollutants. Dejan showed some striking European figures where the UK is ranked as one of the highest for Asthma in school across Europe. Dejan presented evidence emerging from the European SINPHONIE project, (Schools Indoor Pollution and Health: Observatory Network in Europe) across 22 countries; a complex research project covering the areas of health, environment, transport and climate change, aimed at improving air quality in schools and kindergartens. Evidence captured on two urban London schools (Victorian vs. Modern) linked building design and performance in terms of air quality, to health issues in children. In the heating season, temp ranges from 20-25 indicating overheating in schools, and were also identified as being linked to increases in dermal symptoms and oral symptoms in children.  One key design tip for designers was not to put carpets over under-floor heating, as this results in a breeding ground for bacteria.

A lively Q and A followed covering a variety of issues such as lack of VOC standards, a need for designers to move away from using BREEAM as a design guide, evidence of a growing interest in this area by the Healthcare industry and a need to demonstrate cost savings to Heathcare organizations through designing and delivering healthy buildings, all relevant and topical to construction and the healthy buildings agenda.

Construction21EXPO – the first virtual tradeshow for Green Buildings for the whole of EUROPE!

The “business case” for green buildings is understood by many of Europe’s leading project developers. Now we need to quickly enable design, construction and management teams to deliver the expected results for green new construction and renovation projects.

Construction21EXPO will bring together, in a cost efficient manner, green building investors, designers, solution providers and the many other important stakeholders in a two day virtual expo; saving money and eliminating travel time and associated carbon emissions with physical meetings.

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We are delighted that the UK LBC COLLABORATIVE* is a key UK  partner in this exciting project that is  supported by Green Building Councils and Construction21 Chapters across Europe as well as many other expert organizations.

As such we can offer additional discounts on the Exhibitor fees, but be sure to obtain a discount code from us prior to registering.

Watch the promotional video here  and download the Construction21EXPO_ Introduction for more information,  and do not hesitate to contact the EXPO team listed in the introduction document with any questions.

The UK LBC COLLABORATIVE is driving Living Building Challenge awareness in the UK and is hosted by the Leeds Sustainability Institute, Green Vision, Fairsnape, CKE and Be2camp.

JUST: a social justice label for construction …

Taking built environment sustainability deeper into the responsibility agenda, the International Living Future Institute are launching (Oct 2013) a new and important transparency initiative for the built environment to sit along side the Living Building Challenge and Declare. Just will provide clients, specifiers and procurers with ‘a view of how participating organisations treat their employees and where they invest their profits’

Just will cover the important areas of gender and ethnic diversity, salary equity, gender pay equity, community involvement, responsible investing and more, taking it beyond other programmes in the built environment sector. (And arguably areas that the UK Considerate Constructors Scheme should be addressing?)

The Press Release from ILFI reads:

In today’s global economy, it’s difficult to know what your consumer dollars are really supporting. JUST gives you an insider’s view of how participating organisations treat their employees and where they invest their profits. JUST works seamlessly with the International Living Future Institute’s Declare™ materials label and the next iteration of the Living Building Challenge™ (Version 3.0 — coming spring 2014).

By providing participating companies with a clear, elegant and informative equity ‘nutrition-label’, JUST aims to transform the marketplace through transparency and open communication. It aligns with the Institute’s Declare™ materials label to provide a holistic picture of both the products a company produces and the human story behind those products.
To participate in this voluntary disclosure program, an organization must submit documentation that asks for in-depth information about twenty distinct aspects of workplace equity and justice.
We’ll be launching the JUST label and searchable database FALL 2013. Join us in this critical initiative!
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