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Natural, Renewable and Low Energy Materials in Mainstream Construction
Chair: Tom Woolley
Contents: This session will focus on the increasing use of natural, renewable and low impact materials in mainstream construction.
Renewable materials include products based on hemp, wood , woodfibre, straw, cork and so on. Low Impact materials include lime, unfired earth and hemp concrete. These materials are increasingly used on site, and in composite products and prefabricated elements to produce low energy buildings. Papers are invited on the use and application of such materials, research into the thermal performance and durability of such materials, hygrothermal issues, moisture buffering and breathability.
Other relevant topics include embodied energy, carbon sequestration, life cycle and assessment tools and methods for materials.
Forests are Sweden’s green gold. By cultivating and using innovations, we can
also enrich our country by creating jobs.
We believe that Sweden can adopt a world-leading position by demonstrating
Swedish community development which is sustainable in the long term, in combination
with Swedish sustainable forestry management. Our knowledge and
experience provide a major contribution to the world’s collective climate efforts.
This book is designed to inspire politicians, property owners, entrepreneurs,
architects and engineers; in other words, to provide inspiration to everyone
involved in community development. We hope that it will be able to provide
assistance for new development work and change processes all over the country.
It is now possible, thanks to years of technical development, to demonstrate that
large and tall buildings can be built with timber. When technical development
and good architecture go hand in hand, the results are at their finest when it
comes to timber construction, which for generations has encompassed traditional
culture and craftsmanship in Sweden.
New partnerships, new businesses and new products are creating opportunities
for progress in the field of construction development. At the same time, this
progress is necessary if we are to be able to handle the enormous task which we
face. A task for which we bear responsibility for future generations: the major
threat to our climate.
Enjoy the book! Be inspired, and make the most of new knowledge and experience
from Trästad 2012.
Swegon Air Academy published a new book ‘Simply GREEN‘ on energy and environmental certification systems for sustainable buildings written in an intelligible way. The book describes how the different environmental and energy systems actually affect the daily work from a practical point of view. The book can be used primarily for orientation purposes, as teaching material and as a basis for helping to decide which system to use.
In the book, several environmental certification systems are described including BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, GREEN STAR, Miljöbyggnad and HQE. The book also contains energy-based certification systems such as GreenBuilding, Minergie and Passive House. Other certification systems compromise of brief description of Casbee, IGBC, ENERGY STAR and Effinergie.
The book is available in English and Swedish languages at the Swegon Air Academy´s Bookstore (www.swegonairacademy.com/bookstore) for external price of € 20 and the special price of € 15 (this price applies for Swegon Air Academy´s members). The prices include VAT and exclude postage. The iBOOK and eBOOK versions will be available early in 2013!
The University of Ulster has submitted evidence to the UKís All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environmentís (APPGBE) Inquiry into sustainable construction and the Green Deal (http://www.appgebe.org.uk/inquiry.shtml).
The inquiry called on firms, organisations and individuals to submit evidence on best practice, challenges and barriers concerning sustainable construction and the Green Deal. The commission set up by the APPGBE comprises of members of both Houses of Parliament in the UK, senior members of the construction professions and key influencers and decision makers in other aspects of society.
The paper highlights the important role which natural and renewable materials play, along with their supporting services, in promoting greater energy efficiency across the construction life cycle as well as reducing pollution and waste. These products and services are often provided by small and medium sized enterprises based in peripheral areas, which also provide much needed jobs and local investment. The NEES project is actively working to identify and support these initiatives.
The submission was made on behalf of the Northern Periphery Programme funded NEES project, with each partner providing evidence from their regions, based upon their experiences working in NEES and from their day to day operations. The evidence focuses on best practice examples of natural, energy efficient and sustainable construction. Barriers to sustainable construction were also outlined along with recommendations as to how these may be overcome in the UK. The full submission will be available for download on www.neesonline.org.
The Commission will hold sessions in February and March 2013 to invite selected organisations to present oral evidence in support of their submissions. The findings of the Inquiry will be published before the parliamentary recess in early summer 2013.