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International SEEDS Conference 2017: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society – 13th & 14th September 2017

 

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(maximum 300 words)

Healthy Environments,Buildings and Spaces: Current position and future models

Leeds Beckett University, UK 13th and 14th September 2017

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. 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.
You are invited to submit Abstracts under the themes listed below.
Please submit Abstracts by 20th February 2017 to:
You are encouraged to submit abstracts as early as possible in order to receive prompt feedback. Early acceptance will enable you to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ rate for the Conference and make a £60.00 saving.
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Some comments from those who attended the successful SEEDS Conference in 2015/2016 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
  • “Very well organised and focused in my area of research. Fantastic information gained and shared”. Irish Delegate
The conference has a strong reputation for working with established publishers. Papers will be put forward for publication with our publishing partners.

You are invited to submit Abstracts under the following themes:
 
Protecting nature and the natural environment
Building and environment design
Energy efficient modelling, simulation and BIM
Integrating urban and natural environment
Building performance, analysis and evaluation
Thermal comfort, air quality and overheating
Green spaces, enclosures and buildings
Green technologies and IT
Renewable energy
Energy flexibility
Energy behaviour and lifestyle
Dampness, water damage and flooding
Building surveys, thermography, building pathology
Water and air quality Education & Training
Planning and sculpturing positive change
Reducing consumption and waste
Sustainability, ethics and responsibility
Behaviour Change
Community 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
Edible urban landscape
Biomimicry and Biophilic Design
Other related fields will be considered.
 

 

Applications now being taken for LSI sustainability professional doctorate programme (D.Eng)

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The Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University is now accepting applications for an October 2016 start on its successful part-time professional doctorate (D.Eng) programme. This is aimed at professional practitioners who wish to undertake a programme of research related to their own field of expertise.

Applications in the fields of sustainable buildings, green computing or energy are particularly encouraged, but projects in all areas of sustainability can be considered.

For more information, or an informal discussion in the first instance, please contact Anne Stafford at a.stafford@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Leeds Sustainability Institute Event – Pattern recognition for building health

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Using pattern recognition software to monitor the health of complex assets and processes in the energy industry

Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 2.00pm
The Business Lounge, Leeds Beckett University,
Old Broadcasting House, 148, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN

Speaker: John McAvoy, Cybula Ltd

Improvements in collection and storage of massive volumes of data are often not matched by the ability to interpret or exploit it. Cybula develops pattern recognition algorithms based on this data. Come along and hear how Cybula has proposed an innovative visualisation approach to solving this problem, helping increase efficiency and safety in power generation. In the back drop to forthcoming ESOS legislation this software has the potential to provide opportunities to energy managers in all sectors of the economy.

All welcome including non-members as guests.

All RISE for the next generation of green building pioneers

 

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The winners of awards which celebrated research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise in the built environment have been announced by Leeds Beckett University.

Over a hundred industry and academic professionals gathered at the Park Plaza hotel in Leeds for the inaugural RISE awards (#RISEawards). Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute and the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University and sponsored by Saint-Gobain UK, the awards celebrated the most pioneering sustainability research and development in the industry.

Presented by Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, the awards brought industry and academic bodies together for the first time, to reward innovation across eight different categories representing the four key strands of the RISE Awards; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. In a change from the usual application process, entrants were encouraged to use their creativity and create a one to two page visual poster outlining their project, product or initiative.

Speaking about the awards, Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, said: “The construction industry faces a huge challenge to become more energy efficient and sustainable, reducing the built environment’s contribution to climate change.

The RISE initiative has brought together leading construction partners, all with a keen desire to take the construction sector forward, forging a more sustainable and innovate industry.  The level of creativity demonstrated in the entries to ensure products and buildings are successful in the field was exceptional. Those commended and whom have achieved a RISE award have set a high benchmark on which we can build.

“The strength and diversity of approaches to sustainable design and construction means there is much to build on.   We have set our journey to become, not only a Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett, but one of excellence where the potential that can be achieved through industry and academic engagement is recognised.  Being part of the celebrations that recognise those pushing at the boundaries was an honour.”

Winners and those highly commended on the night were from a range of businesses; from architects to contractors to product designers and construction consultancies. Those who triumphed included Arc Building Solutions in the Field Research category for their innovative Eaves Insulator product, Leeds Environmental Design Associates in the Design, Innovation and Creativity category and BAM Construction who walked away with the behavioural change gong for their project addressing the energy performance gap on their builds. Innovative local developer CITU also picked up yet another award to add to their ever expanding trophy cabinet for their Little Kelham project, this time in the Sustainable Development category. Special awards were also given out on the night to Rockpanel, Yeme Architects and Saint-Gobain. Congratulations to all the winners (a full list can be found below)

The awards were a huge success and a fitting grand finale to the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held at Leeds Beckett.  This international conference explored how buildings and spaces are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to address the balance between the built and the natural environment.


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Tom Cox, Research and Development Manager at Saint-Gobain UK added: “Saint-Gobain UK was delighted to support the first ever SEEDS Conference and RISE awards with its vision to support and promote productive academic and industry research partnerships. Our team had an excellent evening which was a fitting celebration to two highly enjoyable days of learning, debate and discussion. We will continue to work closely with the forward-thinking team at Leeds Sustainability Institute in the future.”

#RISEAWARDS WINNERS

AWARD 1 – Field & Laboratory Research

Winner
ARC Building Solutions

Highly commended
Mott MacDonald

AWARD 2 – Product & Element Interface

Winner
Bauman Lyons Architects

Highly commended
Saint-Gobain

AWARD 3 – New Technologies

Winner
Saint-Gobain

Highly commended
C-Probe Systems Limited

AWARD 4 – Design, Innovation & Creativity

Winner
LEDA

Highly commended
Rockpanel

AWARD 5 – Sustainable Development & Energy

Winner
Citu

Highly commended
Green Building Store

AWARD 6 – Heritage Award for Restoration & Retrofit

Winner
Green Building Store

Highly commended
C-Probe Systems Limited

Highly commended
Studio Polpo

AWARD 7 – Behavioural Change

Winner
BAM Construction

Highly commended
Rockpanel

Highly commended
Morgan Sindall

AWARD 8 -Enterprise

Winner
Mott MacDonald

Highly commended
ARC Building Solutions

Special RISE Awards

1. Chair’s Award for Most Innovative & Sustainable Approach to Restoration

Winner
Yeme Architects

Highly commended
Studio Polpo

2. CKE Special Award

Winner
Rockpanel

Highly commended
Collett and Sons

3. Arts, Environment & Technology Special Award

Winner
Wakefield & District Housing

Highly commended
Rex Procter & Partners (Energy Services)

4. Leeds Sustainability Institute Award

Winner
Hill

Highly commended
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

SEEDS Academic Award for Best Poster

Winner
Beverley Clifton Morris and Liverpool John Moores University

Highly commended
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

SEEDS Academic Award for Best Technical Poster

Winner
Mott MacDonald

Highly commended
Martin Fletcher, Felix Thomas and Adrian Appleyard

SEEDS Conference Awards

1. CIOB Award for Best Academic Paper

Winner
Richard Jack, Dennis Loveday, David Allinson and Kevin Lomas

Highly commended
Joe Williams, Doctor Mike Lawrence and Professor Pete Walker

Highly commended
Fiona Fylan, Chris Gorse and David Glew

2. CIOB Award for Best Technical Paper

Winner
Guillaume Lethé

Highly commended
Francesco Pomponi, Poorang A.E. Piroozfar and Eric R.P. Farr

Highly commended
Dave Farmer, Chris Gorse, Dominic Miles-Shenton, Matthew Brooke-Peat and Calum Cuttle

3. LSI Award for Most Pragmatic Approach to Sustainability

Winner
Jody Harris, Andy Dougill and Alice Owen

Highly commended
Rachel Huxley

Highly commended
Ian Adrian Fletcher

4. LSI Award for Contribution to the Field

Winner
Fisayo Caleb Sangogboye, Olaf Droegehorn and Jari Porras

Highly commended
Iqbal Ahmed, Alexandra Klimova, Eric Rondeau and Andrei Rybin

Highly commended
Paul Chatterton

5. LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Developing Need

Winner
Oriel Kenny, Isobelle Logan, Andrew Swan and Jono West

Highly commended
Chuma Sineke and John Smallwood

Highly commended
Anthony J. Smith, Martin Pritchard and Alan Edmondson

6. LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Social Need

Winner
Martin Pritchard, Alan Edmondson, Tom Craven and Theresa Mkandawire

Highly commended
Richard Cozzens

Highly commended
Kevin Thomas and Ian Dickinson

7. SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Built Environment

Winner
Sara Lilley, Gill Davidson, Barry J. Gledson and Zaid Alwan

Highly commended
Fidelis Emuze

Highly commended
James Parker

8.SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Natural Environment

Winner
Agnieszka Knera, James Parker and Alan Poxon

Highly commended
Nicola Caravaggio and Martina Iorio

Highly commended
Hasan Hamouda, Nadine Abu-Shaaban and Eman Al-Swaity

9. Chair’s Award

Winner
Christopher Allen and Katharina Crafford

Highly commended
Erica Marshall, Julia Steinberger, Tim Foxon and Valerie Dupont

Highly commended
Benjamin A J Martin, Dawa Masih, Benson Lau, Paolo Beccarelli and John Chilton

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.

the buzz on building energy futures

GVis2011 is Buzzing. There certainly is a great and even global buzz around the GVis2011 Energy in Buildings programme at the moment, leading up to (and indeed beyond) next weeks online and in person conference in Leeds.

GVis2011 – 7th July The format for this event was recently described as one that could change the way the built environment communicates, collaborates, networks and exchanges knowledge. (Details here: Green Vision conference)

In an industry not traditionally recognised for being at the forefront of technological innovation, Green Vision is set to take the construction sector out of its comfort zone, and prove the importance and power of using technology and online tools to collaborate and communicate,

In addition to keynotes from building energy thought leaders (in The USA and Europe, live via web links) delegates will also be able to debate regional, national and international themes  on the future of energy in buildings in a facilitated round table debate, With live blogging from the tables, and input through twitter from ‘outside the room’ will lead to an exciting afternoons debates.

There is also an opportunity for you to have your say in an energy open mic pecha kucha (20 slides in 6 mins)

The event finishes with a GVfizz, a drinks session to carry on the debate in a more social manner, allowing those who cant get to the afternoon sessions to pop in.

Defintely not an afternoon to miss, either in person for the discussions and networking or through online contributions.

Building Energy Debates Though the Linkedin group GVis2011 there is a vibrant sharing of opinions, thoughts, links and promotion. From Green Deal to there is an opinion! Join in here

The group will continue to debate the outcome from the 7th July. There is also a spill over of ideas and sharing with other linkedin groups such as Green Deal

Global Energy Chat #GVischat

“Buildings of the future may not need any energy technology”

22nd June saw the first of what will be many successful global chats using twitter. Over a fast paced 60mins brainstorm ideas, links, case studies, and futuristic concepts were thrown into the tweetchat pot. The ebook from the tweetchat can be found here.

The main themes of Green Deal, Energy Monitoring/ FM, Energy Supply, Renewables and Futures will be taken to the live event on the 7th July.

An intriguing thread led discussed buildings generating their own energy in such a passive, positive impact manner that will have no need for high tech energy equipment. (see also Net Zero Energy)

GreenBuild Expo Although not directly linked to GVis2011, the theme of energy futures was very evident at this two day Manchester show. GVis2011 partners be2camp ran an afternoon exploring the use of social media within the built environment that show cased many global sustainability themes, including energy futures. Be2camp at GreenBuildExpo

Gvis2011 also took the opportunity to discuss Green Vision work with exhibitors, extending invitations to energy providers,  renewawable technology installers, energy monitoring and energy journals to participate in the programme.

Be2camp Green Deal The GVis2011 Future of Energy discussions will not stop at the event in Leeds. In addition to all the material being shared through be2camp, the key outcomes will be taken to inform yet another be2camp event in London in September that will focus onto the Green Deal agenda.

Green Performance of buildings looks set to become a key theme going forward as set out in this essential reading paper from Clark Brockman: Introducing Net Zero Building—Shifting From Green Building to Green Performance

Join the Buzz, online and or with us on July 7th

If you follow this programme on twitter follow @CKEgroup, @fairsnape @be2camp and the hashtag of #GVis2011 and #GVischat (for the tweetchats)

 

 

 

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