Design for Sustainable Architecture and Environments

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This paper describes some of the research outcomes of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project partly funded by Department of Trade and Industry, UK. One of the aims of the project is to plan and develop designs for a range of autonomous eco-buildings through research into autonomous eco-building systems and techniques in order to identify best practice and the most appropriate systems for low-carbon buildings. The design of the Community Hall offering accommodations for a multi functional hall, restaurant, and offices, has been developed through partnership with mainstream design and construction companies in the region. Following a successful planning application and external fund raising exercise, the construction of the building will start shortly. The structure will be constructed using locally sourced materials and is designed to be ‘renewable’ whilst exceeding all the requirements of the current Building Regulations. This project has highlighted the challenges of the practical implementation of sustainable architecture. It examines the potential of non traditional construction techniques and materials. The building incorporates rain water collection, waste treatment, composting toilets, vegetable oil micro CHP, photovoltaics and wind turbines. The paper highlights the potential of sustainable design and construction and compares the predicted embodied and in-use environmental loads of the Community Hall with compatible case studies.


Keywords: Sustainable Design and Construction, Autonomous Buildings, Non Traditional Construction Methods, Renewable Energies, Embodied and In-use Energy, carbon footprinting
Stream: Environmental Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Behzad Sodagar

Senior Lecturer, Lincoln School of Architecture
Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design, University of Lincoln

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Dr Sodagar is a senior lecturer in Architecture at Lincoln School of Architecture, University of Lincoln. He teaches design and environmental design of buildings at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a design consultant to Design Advice of Carbon Trust providing design advice to the building industry on all the main aspects of building design and energy efficiency. He sits on several committees and boards involved in promoting the uptake of sustainability, commissioning building projects, client groups, and design juries. Much of his research is in the field of sustainable architecture and environmental performance of buildings. He has a wide range of expertise in the use of computer simulation programs as design and research tools to analyse the interaction of different variables affecting environmental behaviour of buildings. In 2007, he was awarded the International Award for Excellence In the area of environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability, by International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.

Prof. John Chilton

Lincoln School of Architecture
Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, University of Lincoln

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Professor John C. Chilton is Chair of Architectural Structures and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Architecture and Environments at Lincoln School of Architecture. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Executive Council Member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) based in Madrid, Chair of IASS Working Group 12, on Timber Spatial Structures, member of IASS Working Group 15, Structural Morphology and Vice-Chair of TensiNet, the Communication Network for Tensile Structures in Europe. He is co-editor of the International Journal Space Structures, sits on several editorial boards, including the Journal of IASS, and is author of over 100 publications including two books, on Space Grid Structures and about the work of Swiss engineer Heinz Isler.

Dr. Rosemary Fieldson

Senior Project Architect, Simons Design, Simons Group
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Rosemary Fieldson is a Senior Project Architect at Simons Design.
She developed an interest in sustainability in her BA degree at University of Newcastle in the early 1990's, following graduating from the BArch course she worked for Ken Yeang in Kuala Lumpur whilst working on a Masters Thesis on the Aesthetics of Environmentalism. Returning to the UK in 1998 for a years work in a small prestige domestic design practice in London and then to Simons Design in Lincoln to specialise in retail architecture, Rosemary commenced reading for a part time PhD in 2001, entitled "Towards A Framework for Sustainability in UK Retail Architecture" which has been awarded and will be submitted in January 2007. Rosemary enjoys part time undergraduate teaching at both Lincoln and Newcastle alongside continuing to develop the profile of sustainable design for Simons Group.

Bryce Gilroy-Scott

Sustainability Manager, Hill Holt Wood Social Enterprise
Norton Disney, Lincolnshire, UK

Bryce Gilroy-Scott completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Victoria, Canada in the early 1990’s followed by several years work with community development projects. He completed a Certificate in Community Economic Development at Simon Fraser University, Canada in 2002 followed by a year of fieldwork in Central America. He has recently completed his MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Systems from the University of East London and the Centre for Alternative Technology with distinction. He is the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate between Hill Holt Wood and the University of Lincoln and is currently the Sustainability Manager at Hill Holt Wood. He is also reading for his MA Architecture: Development and Regeneration at the University of Lincoln.

Nigel Lowthrop

Founder and Director, Hill Holt Wood Social Enterprise
Norton Disney, Lincolnshire, UK

A biologist and environmental land management specialist of 35 years experience including research (British Antartic Survey and Institute of Terrestrial Ecology), Nature Reserve Management (Nature Conservancy Council and Peak Park Planning Board), and agricultural contracting. Founder of Hill Holt Wood and the concept of economic conservation(ECONS). A Director of SEEM (Social Enterprise East Midlands) and chair of the environmental theme group of North Kesteven District Council. Nigel now lives in the off-grid eco-house at Hill Holt Wood and is recognised as a leading representative of the growing social enterprise movement.

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