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Going Circular or just going round in circles? Thoughts from our #gvis2016 event on the Circular Economy

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On Wednesday 10th February 2016,  Green Vision kicked off our 2016 events programme with a half day conference exploring the concept of the Circular Economy and it’s practical application in both the public and private sector. Attendees were also treated to a networking lunch as well as a tour of the Bright Building, home of the Re:Centre and the first University building to attain Breeam Outstanding status.

The event was opened by Green Vision Ambassador, and event chair for the afternoon, Eddie Murphy, who gave a brief overview of his new venture, Ollio Consultancy, a brand new sustainability and building performance consultancy, with reference to the key themes for the afternoon; circular economy, bioeconomy, designing for reuse  and  going beyond sustainability. The more I hear, the more I feel sustainability is really not an adequate term. It is not strong enough – we need whole scale systematic change and frankly the word sustainability doesn’t encapsulate this.

Following Eddie’s introduction, we then welcomed Peter Hopkinson to the floor. Peter Hopkinson is Head of Circular Economy initiatives at Bradford University and was one of the principal leads in the construction of the Bright Building. Peter, at the audience’s request, gave a warts and all account of the building’s construction including areas where the final outcome may not have been as successful as hoped i.e., the useability of the light switches! However, it was clear that the technology behind the Bright Building is extremely clever particularly in the areas of heating, ventilation and acoustics and in the use of locally sourced hempcrete as the main building material.

Peter was followed by Bridget Jackson, Corporate Sustainability Director at PwC who gave a fascinating account of the real practical steps that PwC have taken in order to meet their target of 100% of their waste materials reused, repurposed or recycled. Bridget was keen to stress that this had to start with design, she was only interested in using materials throughout the business that could be repurposed. One particular example I enjoyed was uniforms – there are over 3300 uniforms used throughout PwC’s operations and Bridget has ensured that these could either be reused as uniforms, or broken down to be used as industrial rags or insulation. Umbrella’s are still a challenge though…!

Our final two speakers for the day were Martin Brown, Green Vision Chair and Owner at Fairsnape who talked about Design for Deconstruction and Maggie Smallwood at BioVale who delivered an interesting  presentation on the Bioeconomy. The four speakers then reconvened for a panel debate which will be summarised in separate blog post at a later date.

Overall the conference provided much food for thought and I, along with many of the attendees, left full of ideas of how it can be applied at home and in the workplace. The challenge, which every speaker alluded to, is engagement. How do we get our companies, organisations as a collective to get on board? How do we ensure we are going circular instead of going round in circles? Let us know your thoughts.

Our summary of the event, including the best tweets and images can be found in our event storify below,

The Circular Economy and BREEAM Outstanding Project Tour

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Wednesday 10th February 2016

12:30 – 17:00

The University of Bradford

We are delighted to announce that Green Vision will be returning in February with a half day conference themed around Circular Economy including a tour of one of the most sustainable university buildings in the UK – the Bright Building at Bradford University.

The Circular Economy will have a profound impact on building design, resources and waste management. The Circular Economy has been valued at a potential £29 billion and estimated to create over 100,00 new jobs, and as defined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is both restorative in nature and design seeking to maintain products, components and materials at their highest value at all times – avoiding down-cycling, conversion to energy or disposal to landfill.

The University of Bradford’s Bright Building, home to the Re:Centre, has achieved the highest ever BREEAM Outstanding rating for a University. The Bright Building is at the cutting edge of sustainable construction with the vast majority of the building products being either natural or recycled.

This event will give you the opportunity to hear, see and debate some of the most innovative approaches in sustainability today.

 

PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE (please note, order of activities may change dependent on numbers)

The afternoon will start with a green networking lunch at 12:30 following by presentations as follows;

13:30 Welcome and Introductions from the Chair

Eddie Murphy, Founder, Ollio – the Sustainability and Building Performance Consultancy

13:45 Keynote Speakers

Bridget Jackson, Corporate Sustainability Director, PwC – The Going Circular Report – Lessons Learnt from PwC’s Circular Economy approach towards 100% reuse and recycling.

Professor Peter Hopkinson, Bradford Management School – Introduction to Circular Economy, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Circular Economy MBA at Bradford University

14:15 Introduction to the Bright Building

15:00 Afternoon Group Sessions – The group will then be divided into 2 and break off into the following alternating sessions

Outstanding Building Tour – tour of the Re:Centre and Bright Building with Steve Jenkins, University of Bradford Estates

Martin Brown, Fairsnape – Design for Deconstruction presentation

16:00 Circular Economy Panel Q and A (facilitated Eddie Murphy)

16:45 Final Presentation

Jim Parker, Leeds Sustainability Institute

17:00 Close and Chair’s Summary

 

Knowledge

This event is highly suitable for:

Past Green Vision attendees

UKGBC members in the North

Construction and Built Environment Directors, Senior Management, Sustainability Officers

Circular Economy advocates

Living Building Challenge Collaborative Members

University Estate Managers and Sustainability Officers

BIM / GreenBIM / BIMCE advocates

Built Environment Students

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