Lessons learnt by architects having worked on the greenest building in the world are to be shared with property and construction professionals in Leeds, and worldwide, thanks to Green Vision, Yorkshire’s knowledge exchange network for sustainability in the built environment, on March 29th.

The event to be held, at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds will feature Vancouver based Max Richter, an architect at leading sustainable practice, Perkin & Will, sharing his experience with property professionals gathered in Leeds, and globally online, on what was involved in designing a building that has now achieved the status of being net positive in embodied carbon, making it possibly the greenest building in the world.

Richter will address delegates during the GVis2012 Half Day Cutting Costs & Carbon Conference as the keynote speaker at 4pm, discussing the CIRS building (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability) based at the University of British Columbia and reveal how this has managed to achieve the Living Building Challenge status, lower the carbon footprint and energy costs across the Uni campus and create what has been termed as ‘a living eco laboratory’.

With CIRS being: “…An open place for researching and teaching sustainability; supporting collaborations between academia, government, industry, professionals, non-governmental organizations and the public; and spreading the seeds of sustainability through its interactions with a wide range of people” it is set to provide a hugely relevant backdrop to the wider discussions taking place at the Gvis2012 conference.

Run by Leeds Metropolitan’s Centre for Knowledge Exchange (CKE) and the Construction Sector Network (CSN) the event is supported by the Carbon Control and Comfort Project (CCC), global legal practice Squire Sanders, and the Leeds College of Building.

Sharing the global stage with Richter is London based Janet Kinder, Head of Sustainability EMEA, Lend Lease (UK) Ltd who is at the forefront of supporting policy development through her work in developing a global common carbon metric for the industry. She is also an active membership of the UK-Green Building Council Policy Committee and BPF Sustainability Committee and is currently acting as the co-Secretariat for the Government and industry collaboration, the Green Construction Board.

Claire Walker, Project Manager at Green Vision said:”Taking the sustainable building and sustainable asset management discussions that we’ve been having within the Green Vision seminars in Leeds over the last quarter, to a wider audience is very exciting for us. We have a huge resource of knowledge and expertise in the Yorkshire region, but are always looking for ways to learn from world leaders on best practice. I can imagine there is going to be lively debate following all speakers and roundtables and this is what Green Vision is all about.”

The event will run from 1pm to 5pm at Broadcasting House, but delegates can also join online via a live webcast of the event, free of charge. The discussion of the day will also be fed out on social media via industry blogs and twitter , to encourage interaction with international individuals and organisations, to gain an even wider perspective on topics discussed.

The hashtag for the event is #GVis2012 .