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Green Vision Retrofit Reality and Sustainability QT


We are only a couple of days away from the Green Vision Retrofit Reality half day conference in Leeds.   Once again the event will be streamed and blogged live and enabled for you to participate via twitter and the cover it live blog Live tweets and blogs will be provided via be2camp by myself (Martin Brown) and Su Butcher

The links you need to know are set out below along with the latest agendas.

Register interest in viewing on line here:

Stream and Live Blog will here (be2camp) on the day

Live Stream to LMU Big Screen here

Hashtag is #GVis2011 (if you want to just follow tweets and engage they you could use tweetchat additionally you can RSS the hashtag feed here


13.00 – 17.00 Retrofit Reality

18.00 – 19.30 Sustainability Question Time

and then Tweetup (venue to be determined)

More Details:

Retrofit Reality:

13.00 Welcome and Registration
(Chair – Matt Fulford, Head of Buildings, Sustain)
13.30 Keynote Speaker – Retrofit UKGBC
John Alker, Head of Policy and Communications, UKGBC
13.45 Roundtable Discussion Session A
Commercial Property Retrofit Matt Whitehead, Head of Carbon and Energy Reduction at Low Carbon Buildings and Maintenance Behavioural Change
Adam Woodhall, People Profit Planet 

Green Deal Assessment Toolkit
Kate Barbier, DECC

Refurbishment of the Estate
Sue Holmes, Director of Estates, Leeds Metropolitan University

14.45 Refreshments Break
15.00 Roundtable Discussion Session B
(select another roundtable from details outlined in Session A)
16.00 Keynote Speaker USA Perspective
(Clay Nesler, Vice President Building Efficiency Empire States Building Retrofit Case study)
16.30 Pecha Kucha ShowcasePresentations with a twist; presenters are allowed 20 slides and they are auto-advanced every 20 seconds. There is very little scope for ‘death by PowerPoint’ and provide a very engaging and creative presentations.

Sustainability Question Time:

Join us as our Guest for our Christmas Sustainability Question Time event taking place at Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Metropolitan University at 6.00pm on Thursday 1 December2011.There will be a buffet and drinks reception from 5.30pm. The evening will be opened by Paula Widdowson , CSR-i presenting ‘Increased Sustainable Cashflows‘ followed by A Sustainability Question Time.
Paula Widdowson has founded an independent sustainability consultancy called CSR-i focused on profiting through sustainability. Paula had several years’ experience as Director of Sustainability for Northern Foods working with M&S on delivering Plan A, Sainsbury on achieving their 5 core principles and ASDA on managing the Walmart sustainability index. In 2010 ‘sustainability’ in Northern Foods added £3M profit.Originally trained as a Biochemist at Leeds University, Paula started working life as a science teacher and then moved into industry. She has successfully held a number of senior roles at Esso, ASDA, Bass and Improve (the sector skills council for food and drink manufacturing).The move into independent consultancy has resulted in CSR-i working with Government and Commercial businesses delivering a real difference to the bottom line. 

In the style of the BBC’s Question Time, Paula alongside leading thinkers and experts will engage with audience questions related to sustainability issues such as:

  • Actual performance of Buildings/ technologies
  • Economic downturn and cost effective sustainable building
  • Government drivers / incentives for sustainability
  • Building Better Places

The Panel Speakers will include: Dr Tom Bliss , The Urbal Institute ;Professor Malcolm Bell , Leeds Metropolitan University;  Richard Smith , Director of Centre for Low Carbon Futures ; Paul Connell,Regional Partnerships Director at E.ON Sustainable Energy Solutions , John O’Brien MD of Low Carbon Buildings and Maintenance , Chris Slezowski  SIG Ltd


How to: tweetchat

How to participate in GVisChat (and just about any other tweetchat!)

1.  Set up a twitter account if you dont have one. This is not essential and you can follow along and read comments on tweetchats without an account. But to partipicate and add comments, you need an account

2. Go to Tweetchat and enter the hashtag of the tweetchat – in the case of Green Vision Tweetchats this would be #GVischat. This enables you to join the chat ‘room’

3 Using Tweetchat the hashtag will be added automatically, however if you use other twitter tools you will need at add the hastag #GVischat to all of your tweets so that your comments appear within the chat, and dont get lost in the twittersphere. (Good facilitators should spot this and RT for you but always good to remember the hashtag)

4 The tweetchat facilitator(s) will most likely keep the discussion going at a good pace by  posting a series of questions labelled  Q1, Q2 etc at intervals.  It is good practice to frame your response to a specific question by starting with A1, A2 etc. This helps make the transcript and summaries easier to follow.

5. You may find there are a few parallel discussions running at any one time. Dont worry, think about it as a chat over coffee in a crowded room – you cant follow or engage with all discussions at the time.

6. You can go back and read all the comments, links, case studies and discussions after the chat through Tweetchat,  by searching for the tweetchat hashtag in google or reading the transcript that is produced by the facilitators.

7. Tweetchats are about participation, learning and sharing, follow good twitter equittete and above all enjoy the chat

8. You may find your twitter stream increases as you contribute and engage with the chat which may not make sense to your regular followers. Most will see you are chatting from the hashtag, but to avoid being seen as spamming you might like to announce that you are in #GVischat tweetchat for the next 60mins. This of course helps bring more people into the chat.

Martin, who tweets as @fairsnape, has participated in and facilitated a number of tweetchats and has produced a more indepth guide to organising chats here.

Notes, notices and transcripts of Green Vision #GVischat tweetchats and the forth coming series of #TBIMchat (ThinkBIM chats) can be found here

More on Green Vision

More on  ThinkBIM

Martin blogs as fairsnape here as an improvement advocate across  a wide range of built environment themes

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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