Dr Eshrar Latif gets highly commended in the University of Bath's 'Image of Research' competition for his image of the Building Research Park's HEMPSEC project. Indeed 'Don't be deceived by appearances' this project is the start of a greater understanding of what energy performance means to buildings in the real world. Looking forward to seeing some papers in the coming months...
We have been mentioned again in two articles about the future of the energy industry. It becomes more apparent that it's no good just to be be finding more sustainable energy sources but to make sure that the buildings the energy sources supply are able to use the energy effectively and that the leaders of the future know about it.
Quoting for the IOM3 article "According to Innovate UK, 27% of UK carbon emissions come from domestic buildings (18% non-domestic), and 73% of these built environment emissions come from heating and the provision of hot water. "
"To achieve an 80% carbon reduction from a domestic home costs about £70,000, while an investment of about £10,000 will result in a 20–30% saving. This is an issue that Jones is investigating. ‘We have a project where we are retrofitting five houses in Wales and the main aim is to adopt a system approach, rather than an elemental approach, trying to combine the set of measures, which will give us some more cost effective approaches so we get 60%–70% savings in CO2 for about £25,000.’ "
Quoting from Edie "From teaching future engineers about renewable energy to finding innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions, universities can clearly play a huge part in the development of strategies for tackling global warming."
"Universities often collaborate with external organisations and are ideal 'research and development hubs' from which projects can be tested and improved. "
"University of Bath: HIVE building
In September a new £1m HIVE building was opened in the University of Bath's Building Research Park to test low-carbon sustainable building materials in realistic open-air conditions before being incorporated into buildings.
The building aims to tackle the fact that 50% of all UK emissions come from the construction industry, by offering a 'plug and play' facility to test and evaluate facades, walls and panels on their energy efficiency, flood resilience and structural capability."
The Building Research Park opened its site today for its grand launch event and unveiling of the HIVE. The HIVE was opened by HRH Earl of Wessex KG GVCO, Chancellor of the University of Bath who took a tour of the HIVE during the event to witness the potential research projects hoping to do real time research of construction exposed to the open environment. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, accompanied the Chancellor showing the support of the University towards low carbon research.
Speaking at the event, BRE Group Chief Executive Prof Peter Bonfield said: “I have no doubt that the HIVE will become a national asset, an exemplar of world class Britain: forward looking and leading the charge for better, more sustainable and resilient construction in the UK and worldwide.”
Also speaking at the event, EPSRC Director Dr Lesley Thompson said: "the facility will give the construction sector the opportunity to look at the impact of building materials both on flooding but also looking at how we can develop more sustainable materials."
Researchers exhibiting at the event included ECO-SEE, HEMPSEC, WEIR, Flood Resilience of timber buildings and Mach Acoustics (acoustics in facades and buildings). The University especially the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering turned out to show their support of the project and promote the work and research potential available.
Director of Building Research Park Dr Mike Lawrence explained that "the research possibilities in construction were limited only by the imagination."
Visitors to construction research facility during the event included Lord Faulkner of Worcester (Deputy Speaker of House of Lords), Sarah Troughton (Lord Lieutenant), Peter Addington (High Sherrif of Wiltshire), Teresa Page (Mayor of Swindon), Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP (South Swindon MP), Building Research Establishment, ESPRC, Ecostrata Ltd, Lister Beare, Mott MacDonald, SWLEP, L'Ecole D'Ingenierie et Travaux de la Construction, Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust, Greencore Construction Ltd, Barnwood Construction, Structural Timber Association, Leading Energy,Internorm Windows, HR Wallingford, Europa Facade Consultants, Skanska UK, Construction Industry Training Board, Portsmouth University, University of West England, Parkside Group, University of Plymouth, Innovate UK, Ramboll, Birmingham City University, Building Analysis and Testing Ltd, Rennes University, Hemcrete Projects Ltd, Integral Engineering Design, Mann Williams, Science Museum Group, DM3a, Oculus Consultancy, BLDA Architects, Laing O'Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Foster and Partners, Intelisen, BDP, Steico, Quest Solutions, Saint-Cobain, Wintech Testing, Buro Happold, Actis Insulation Ltd, Institution of Civil Engineers and English Heritage
Coverage of the event can be seen BBC South today, BBC Bristol, Heart FM, Jack FM Swindon, The Guardian, The Times Higher Education, Engineering for Growth, BRE Group, E&T Magazine, Royal Blogs, Royal Central, CITB, Bath Business News, Swindon Advertiser, Building4Education, AzoBuild, Edie, Rural News, Green Building Press, Building Products , Construction Index, Phys.org, Swindon Link, Swindon Business, Flic Wiltshire, This is Wiltshire , Alpha Galileo, DPA on the net, and Business Biscuit.
One of the first construction research projects, HEMPSEC, has finished construction.The HEMPSEC project looks to compare different construction types of similar insulative value to discover the real life environment performance of this material in the Atlantic climate. The 5 pods constructed on the Building Research Park's platforms are made of different materials at the core but externally look identical.
A press release fom the University of Bath is one of many expected to be released from forthcoming projects anticipated at the Building Research Park. A brochure has been released to encourage other construction researchers to utilitise and realise the true potential of their research through this facility.