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SEEDS Conference 2017

The International SEEDS Conference 2017 (Sustainable, Ecological, Engineering and Design for Society) was hosted by Leeds Beckett University on 13 and 14 September. This conference explored how the built environment has a greater impact on natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry. However, beyond the green rhetoric research is being applied on the ground to address the balance between the built and natural environment.

Sponsored by CITU, the International SEEDS Conference 2017 brought together experts from around the world, to focus on the changes that are taking place and the benefits or consequences that are being predicted and measured regarding the built environment’s impacts. As well as addressing technical issues, measuring energy efficiency and modelling energy performance, emphasis was placed on the health and well-being of the users of spaces occupied and enclosed.

SEEDS 2017 ABSTRACTS

Keynote Speakers

Professor Jacqui Glass – The privilege of problem-solving: reflections on collaborative R&D in construction
Professor Andrew Ross – The future energy market – collaborative opportunities for research and enterprise
Professor Catherine Noakes – Ventilation and Indoor Air: understanding airflows for human health
Professor Steve Goodhew – CobBauge Earth Materials
Professor John Sturges – Human Impact on the Earth and Sustainability
Professor Charles Egbu – A Functional and Holistic Approach to Addressing the Impact of the Built and Natural Environments on the Health and Wellbeing of the Society
Denis Loveday – Making Sense from Sensors: Revolutionising our Relationship with the Built Environment
Professor Lloyd Scott – Sustainability Competencies of Graduates - What Industry, Academics' and Students' Perceptions are on Essential Sustainability Knowledge, Competences and Skills
Dr Poorang Piroozfar - The future or research in the UK and Dilemmas we face with
Andrew Walker - Guidance Manual for High Performance Refurbishment of Older Properties

RISE Awards 2017

The RISE Awards were a fitting grand finale to the SEEDS conference. Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute, they were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together both industry and academia to highlight new sustainable initiatives, schemes, technologies and products being developed or in use today. Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by CITU UK, a leading low carbon homes developer, eighteen awards were handed out in front of an audience of over one hundred and twenty individuals at the Marriott hotel in Leeds. Winners came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds with accolades awarded for best research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, collaboration and education and training amongst others. All entrants, highly commended and winners displayed the passion and dedication to do things better and to elevate the spaces around us to being fit for twenty-first century living. More about the RISE Awards at the Centre for Knowledge Exchange blog.

SEEDS CONFERENCE PHOTOS

SEEDS International Conference 2017

RISE AWARDS PHOTOS

RISE Awards 2017

SEEDS Conference Awards 2017

Awards presented by Jonathan Wilson from CITU, our 2017 Sponsors

CITU Award for Building Performance and Evaluation
Winner
“An assessment of the QUB method for predicting the whole building thermal performance under actual operating conditions” – Vasileios Sougkakis, Johann Meulemans, Florent Alzetto, Chris Wood, Mark Gillott and Tom Cox

Highly Commended
Perceptions of noise pollution on health and wellbeing in urban environments – Michael Wood

CITU Award for Most Pragmatic Approach to Sustainability
Winner
“The Long Term Life of Recycled Plastic in Construction Projects Represents a More Beneficial Use of a Valuable Resource than Either the Original Product or Closed Loop Recycling” – Howard Waghorn, Paul Sapsford, Chris Gorse, Anthony Smith

Highly Commended
“Enhancing UK Flood mitigation measures through Local Communities' Flood Knowledge” – Gihan Badi

*****
Janet Mulcrone, Enterprise Services, Leeds Beckett University presented this award on behalf of CIBSE
CIBSE Award for Services and Energy
Winner
“Impact of a Tariff Based Heating Load Control on Energy, Comfort and Environment: A Parametric Study in Residential and Office Buildings” - Sergei Agapoff, Mireille Jandon, Thierry Guiot

Highly Commended
“Energy Aspects of Default Heating Programmer Settings” – Richard Nicholls

*****
Dave Hampton (Carbon Coach.Com) and Neil Hanny (Head of international and UK College Partnerships Sheffield Hallam), presented these Awards on behalf of the CIOB, the Conference Sponsor
CIOB Award for Best Academic Paper
Winner
“Development of a values-based framework for predicting project sustainability performance” - Mohammad Rickaby and Jacqueline Glass

CIOB Award for Best Technical Paper
Winner
“Mapping socio-economic barriers to the implementation of energy efficiency policies in the UK building sector” – Rajat Gupta and Matt Greg

Highly Commended
“Developing a taxonomy for discontinuities in Internal wall insulation” - Felix Thomas, Fiona Fylan, David Glew and Christopher Gorse

*****
This Award was presented by Akintola Akintoye, Dean of the School of the Built Environment
Green Energy Infrastructure Award
Winner
“An SDN Perspective to Mitigate the Energy Consumption of Core Networks – GÉANT2” - Atefe Maleki, M. Hossain, J P Georges, E. Rondeau and T. Divoux

Highly Commended
“Front-End Development for Home Automation Systems - a design approach using JavaScript Frameworks” – Olaf Droegehorn, Marie Leslie Melanie Pittumbur, Jari Porras

Highly Commended
“The barriers and opportunities to the retrofit of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) towards improving flood risk mitigation in urban areas in the UK” - Oladunjoye Oluwayemi, Beck Collins, David Proverbs

*****
This award was presented by Professor Lloyd Scott, Dublin Institute of Technology
LSI Award for Contribution to the Field
Winner
“Life Cycle Costs Associated with Building Failure in Coastal Areas” – Alolote Amadi, Anthony Higham
Highly Commended
“Energy Consumption in Smartphones: An Investigation of Battery and Energy Consumption of Media Related Applications on Android Smartphones” - John Elliot, Ah-Lian Kor, Oluwafemi Omotosho

*****
This Award was presented by Dr Colin Booth, University of the West of England and was sponsored by Routledge Taylor & Francis Publishers
Routledge Taylor & Francis Award for Addressing a Developing Need
Winner
“The Engineering Application of Nigerian Soils for the Construction of Low Cost Housing: A Survey of the Acceptability of Bricks” - Alolote Amadi, Anthony Higham
Highly Commended
“Integrating Cultural Ecosystem Services (CUES) in Green Infrastructure (GI) development for enabling well-being in urban environment” - Dr Rajendran Lakshmi Priya
*****

This Award was presented by Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and SEEDS Conference Chair
LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Social Need
Winner
“Stakeholders' Structural Factors Affecting the Implementation of Rainwater Systems in the Amazon. The Case of Belem” – Pedro Pablo Cardoso Castro, Andrew Swan, Ronaldo Mendes
Highly Commended
“Community energy strategies for registered social landlords in Wales” - Adam West, J. Littlewood, P. Wilgeroth

*****
This Award was presented by Keith Boxer, White Arkitekter
SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Built Environment
Winner
“Energy retrofit approach towards a multi-performance renovation of existing buildings” – Ornella Iuorio, Elvira Romano
Highly Commended
“Factors Affecting End-users' Housing Energy Efficiency Image” - Javad Poor, David Thorpe

*****
This Award was presented by Professor Jacqui Glass, Loughborough University
SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Natural Environment
Winner
“A more sustainable solution to geosynthetic products for short-term reinforcing applications” - Martin Pritchard, Dave Allen

*****
This Award was presented by Professor Denis Loveday, Loughborough University
Chair’s Retrofit and Refurbishment Award
Winner
“Existing building retrofit: Assessing gaps and needs for building performance simulation” – Cormac Flood, Lloyd Scott, William Gleeson

*****
This Award was presented by Professor Steven Goodhew, University of Plymouth
Addressing Resilience Award
Winner
“Resilience to overheating in homes in southern England: householders' awareness and preparedness” – Niamh Murtagh, Birgitta Gatersleben and Chris Fife-Schaw

Highly Commended
“Low carbon building: Implementation Strategies Utilized in South Africa” - Chikezirim Okarafor, Fidelis Emuze, Dillip Kumar Das

*****
This Award was presented by Dr Poorang Piroozfar, University of Brighton
Implementing Information and Communication Technology Award
Winner
“Using Conventional Remote Controls to Promote Home Automation” - Carlos Alberto Martinez Licona, Olaf Droegehorn
Highly Commended
“Improving Heating Efficiency of Residential Building Automation System through Smartphones - German Use Case” – Henrique Sarmento, Olaf Droegehorn, Jari Porras

*****
SEEDS Award Health and Wellbeing
Winner
“How well does our Acute NHS Hospital Estate perform - and what can we learn from that?” - Gary Shuckford, Karl Redmond and Chris Gorse
Highly Commended
“GreenMed: A physical activity tracking application” - Thi Yen Nhi Vo, Ah-Lian Kor, Colin Pattinson

*****
Additional certifications of commendation for methodology
SEEDS Award of Commendation for Methodology
“Examining vignettes in AEC research – how are they used, and what are they good for?” – Barry Gledson
SEEDS Award of Commendation for Methodology
“Understanding the factors contributing to the adoption of sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa - A Scoping Study Review” - Maria Unuigbe, Sam Zulu, David Johnston

Posters – certificate only
Building Performance - Poster Award
SEEDS Poster – Highly Commended
“Assessing Health & Wellbeing of Staff and Students in the Rose Bowl” - Paul Ajiboye, Vyt Garnys and David Hemming
SEEDS Poster – Highly Commended
“Improving existing deprived dwellings in Wales: evaluating occupant thermal comfort and health and wellbeing” (POSTER) - Denis Jahic, John Littlewood, D. Bolton, G. Karani, J. Atkinson

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