Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
5:19 PM 2nd April 2012

World's Green Vision shared with Leeds

Lessons from the world's greenest buildings - photo by Wonderlane
Lessons from the world's greenest buildings - photo by Wonderlane
Lessons learnt by architects having worked on the greenest building in the world were shared with property and construction professionals in Leeds and worldwide. The event was organised by Green Vision, Yorkshire's knowledge exchange network for sustainability in the built environment and took place on March 29th.

The event held at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds featured Canada based Max Richter, an architect at one of North America's leading sustainable practices Perkin & Will, sharing his experience with property professionals gathered in Leeds, and globally online, on what was involved in designing a building that has now achieved the status of being net positive in embodied carbon, making it the greenest building in the world.

Richter addressed delegates during the GVis2012 Half Day Cutting Costs & Carbon Conference as the keynote speaker, discussing the CIRS building (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability) based at the University of British Columbia and revealed how this has managed to achieve the Living Building Challenge status, lower the carbon footprint and energy costs across the Uni campus and create what has been termed as 'a living eco laboratory'.

With CIRS being: "...An open place for researching and teaching sustainability; supporting collaborations between academia, government, industry, professionals, non-governmental organizations and the public; and spreading the seeds of sustainability through its interactions with a wide range of people" it provided a hugely relevant backdrop to the wider discussions taking place at the Gvis2012 conference.

Run by Leeds Metropolitan's Centre for Knowledge Exchange (CKE) and the Construction Sector Network (CSN) the event was supported by the Carbon Control and Comfort Project (CCC), global legal practice Squire Sanders, and the Leeds College of Building.

Sharing the global stage with Richter was London based Janet Kinder, Head of Sustainability EMEA, Lend Lease (UK) Ltd who is at the forefront of supporting policy development through her work in developing a global common carbon metric for the industry. She is also an active membership of the UK-Green Building Council Policy Committee and BPF Sustainability Committee and is currently acting as the co-Secretariat for the Government and industry collaboration, the Green Construction Board.

Claire Walker, Project Manager at Green Vision said:"Taking the sustainable building and sustainable asset management discussions that we've been having within the Green Vision seminars in Leeds over the last quarter, to a wider audience was very exciting for us. We have a huge resource of knowledge and expertise in the Yorkshire region, but are always looking for ways to learn from world leaders on best practice. There was a lively debate following all speakers and roundtables and this is what Green Vision is all about."

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