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Green Vision Book Chat #GVischat 10th Dec

For our last Green Vision tweetchat of 2012 we will be exploring Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

In a slight departure from our usual tweetchat style we would really like to know your thoughts on the book, your favourite quotes and take aways as well as your thoughts on Cradle to Cradle thinking in general.

In addition this is an opportunity to share and promote your experiences of Cradle to Cradle. Perhaps you are a manufacturer applying or accredited to Cradle to Cradle, or an architect, client or builder adopting C2C thinking on your projects.

Join us, 8pm GMT Monday 10th December – Virtual non fattening mince pies included!

Cradle to Cradle Book

As usual the tweetchat hashtag is #GVischat and will be hosted by Claire @clairecke at Green Vision and facilitated by Martin @fairsnape. Finally, don’t forget our Green Vision half day conference on Sustainable Materials that will feature Cradle to Cradle keynote on the 12th December in Leeds and online

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

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