Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse beats hotel giants to green award

A tiny guesthouse in the foothills of Snowdonia has seen off competition from major hotel chains to scoop a national prize for its environmental credentials. Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse beat the reputation and resources of Best Western Hotels' Old Tollgate, in Suffolk, and Park Plaza London (with its 396 bedrooms) to take the Green Team of the Year title in the Considerate Hoteliers Awards 2014. Read more »

Bite-Size session: From average house to passivhaus - how to improve dwellings towards passivhaus standards

02/10/2014 17:00
02/10/2014 19:00

Event Description

Peter Ranken, Dip Arch MSc RIBA architect at Tooley Foster architects and Certified Passivhaus Designer will guide delegates through the process of taking an average house and, using passivhaus strategies, try their hands at turning the schemes into near to passivhaus standards. This will be a very interactive session with lots of opportunities to debate the pro's and cons of this very high standard of building.

Peter will also present some findings of EU monitoring of early completed Passivhaus dwellings, key targets and design issues. Read more »

It's All in the Detail: Achieving best practice detailing for Eco-refurbishments

24/09/2014 09:00
24/09/2014 17:00

Event Description

Do you want to learn...

  • how to achieve stringent airtight standards in retrofits?
  • which is the best way of insulating an external wall - inside, outside or the bit in between?
  • how the design team and builders can effectively communicate to achieve best practice detailing?
  • what happens to moisture movement when adding wall or roof insulation?

Construction professionals (architects, surveyors and engineers) and builders sometimes have an uneasy relationship on site - each think they know best when it comes to detailing! Read more »

Advanced Certified (IEMA-approved) Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training

23/10/2014
24/10/2014

Event Description

General Information
2 day training (plus additional time for preparation of the assignment)

Who should attend?

  • CSO’s
  • Sustainability, CSR Directors
  • Health Safety and Environment Managers
  • Public Relations, Communications Managers
  • HR Managers
  • Supply Chain , Operations managers
  • Environment Executives
  • Sustainability Consultants

Key modules to be covered: Read more »

New map reveals worldwide impacts of climate change

Scientists from the University of Southampton have helped to create a new map, which shows the impact climate change could have on the whole planet by the end of the century, if carbon emissions continue to increase. The Human Dynamics of Climate Change map was developed by the Met Office Hadley Centre with specific contributions from universities, Government and science organisations.

The map shows a range of potential impacts:

  • Temperatures on the warmest days of the year rising by 6°C or more across Europe, parts of Asia and part of North America
Read more »

A new recipe for farming: UK government challenged to fix our broken food system

Ten organisations have come together for the first time to connect some very important issues and start a conversation that affects us all. Square Meal: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health is a new report published by The Food Research Collaboration, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, the Food Ethics Council, Sustain, the Wildlife Trusts, the Soil Association, Eating Better and Compassion in World Farming. Read more »

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