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LCBE’s Autumn Showcases

Post date: January 3, 2014

LCBE’s Autumn Showcases

As part of the final stage of the LCRI’s LCBE project, the work packages hosted a series of events and workshops in September to showcase their research.

The project looked at the built environment sector at all scales, from component to building to region. It has also included all stages of the built environment process from planning through design and construction to operation. The teams examined both new and existing buildings, and looked at the performance of different building related technologies, as well as the process of innovation, technology deployment and market development.

The first event People and Environments: Building Performance Monitoring and Evaluation was held by LCBE’s Work Package 6, in conjunction with Cardiff Metropolitan University on 2nd September, at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Work Package 6 provided expertise on how to monitor and assess the performance of low carbon buildings through their conception, design, construction and operation, to discover how low carbon products and concepts are brought into the design, implemented through construction and realised in occupied buildings.

It delivered a state of the art review of approaches, methods and techniques for assessing the energy and environmental performance of buildings after occupation. It also provided guidance on assessing and monitoring occupant attitudes, behaviour and impacts upon health and wellbeing. In the final session, the participants turned their attention to the future of post occupancy evaluation and the role it should play in ensuring we have better buildings.

Professor Chris Tweed, head of Work Package 6 said “The final WP6 workshop brought together speakers from industry and academia that have played major roles in determining the success of buildings as perceived by their users, with the WP6 project team from the BRE’s Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment and Cardiff Metropolitan University. The speakers and audience discussed the importance of and barriers to providing user-centred designs that satisfy low carbon goals. “

The second event, Low Carbon Learning: Lessons from Practice was held by LCBE’s Work Package 4, on 5th September, at the Centre for Alternative Technology, in Machynlleth. Work Package 4 considers whole building design, from inception to construction to maintenance. The team examines the way various factors from socio economic backgrounds, to technical solutions can affect the way buildings are developed and delivered in an affordable and sustainable manner.

The event focused on the definitions, standards and challenges of delivering low carbon educational buildings in Wales, and the issues encountered in the delivery of zero carbon educational buildings in the current economic climate.

The final LCBE event was a showcase held on 18th September, at the General Offices, The Works, in Ebbw Vale. It presented the work and research of the whole LCBE project, and incorporated an all-day exhibition and presentations from each of the seven work packages, and LCRI’s WEST project. It was a hands-on opportunity for delegates to learn about the accomplishments and achievements of the LCBE project.

As well as the work from Work Package 4 and 6, the showcase included a presentation by Daniel Pillai, from Work Package 1, who discussed the Energy Generating Building Envelope research completed in conjunction with Tata Steel, and the Sustainable Building Energy Centre (SBEC) in the Tata Steel site in Shotton. Work Package 2, which was led by Professor Ken Board of Swansea University, presented their research into LED technology and the design and implementation of energy efficient lighting solutions. Work Package 3, led by Nick Tune of BRE, investigated Welsh timber use within construction. They presented their work incorporating Welsh home grown softwoods into mainstream timber frame housing. Work package 5, led by Simon Lannon, presented their research into urban scale energy modelling, and the software they have developed to change the approach to modelling.

Debbie Taylor, LCBE’s Programme Manager said “This event was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the LCBE project. Over the past 3 years, the LCBE project has undertaken research in collaboration with a range of companies, ranging from small SMEs to large anchor companies. Several of these collaborations have resulted in further research ideas.”

For more information about LCBE please visit  www.lcbe.cardiff.ac.uk

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