Bite-Size Session: Buildings as Power Stations: Two Truly Innovative Case Studies – Bristol
May 16 , 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join The Green Register for a fascinating look at two truly innovative buildings-as-power-stations case studies.
Energy efficient buildings are happily becoming more common-place but how about buildings that are energy positive, that is, buildings that are actually power stations?
Our speaker, Joanna Clarke, is a registered architect with 13 years of experience in commercial practice and is now Building Integration Manager at the SPECIFIC* Innovation & Knowledge Centre.
Joanna will be presenting two truly innovative buildings-as-power-stations case studies: The Active Classroom and SPECIFIC’s latest building demonstrator, The Active Office (near completion).
Joanna will start by explaining how the cutting edge work being undertaken at SPECIFIC can help meet some of the UK targets to reduce energy consumption of buildings and the associated carbon emissions.
Acknowledging some of the challenges facing designers and contractors in introducing innovative technologies into building projects, Joanna will explain how these could be addressed through the building demonstration work carried out by SPECIFIC and the way these buildings could positively influence the construction industry.
Of particular note, Joanna will explain how her recent interviews with contractors clearly illustrate that building demonstrators are extremely valuable in helping to de-risk innovative technologies before they can be adopted by the wider industry, enabling contractors to sell the ideas to clients more easily. The contractors interviewed responded positively to the idea of developing a tool or innovation library to help them persuade clients to use these technologies, something SPECIFIC is considering.
The main focus of this session will be the case studies of building demonstrator projects: the completed Active Classroom plus the ongoing construction of the Active Office. Additionally, there will be an overview of a new housing development project currently in the pipeline.
There will then follow a semi-structured workshop/discussion group where delegates will have the chance to debate the challenges the construction industry faces in delivering innovative projects for clients.
Joanna would like to use feedback from this workshop to inform her Professional Doctorate in the Sustainable Built Environment, entitled: ‘A Collaborative Approach to Procuring Buildings that incorporate Innovative Technologies’.
*SPECIFIC is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre, led by Swansea University. It is an academic and industrial collaboration, with the three main industrial partners being Tata Steel, NSG and Akzo Nobel. The shared vision of the partners is to turn buildings into power stations by functionalising the building envelope, using solar energy to generate electricity and heat, and storing that energy for use within the building.