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SEEDS Conference 2015

SEEDS 2015

On 17th and 18th September 2015 the Leeds Sustainability Institute hosted the first International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) Conference at the Rose Bowl with over 80 delegates attending from countries as diverse as South Africa, Finland, Brazil, Columbia and France to name but a few, which made it a truly international conference. Over 50 papers were presented at the conference over the two days all with the underlying theme of sustainability. The conference explored how buildings and spaces are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to address the balance between the built and the natural environment. A gala dinner where the RISE (Research, Innovation, Sustainability, Enterprise) Awards were presented was held on Friday 19th at the Park Plaza Hotel in Leeds, with over 120 attending both from academia and industry.

Some comments from delegates who attended the Conference:
"Very well organised. Well done to all involved in making it happen." UK Delegate
"Personally I consider SEEDS Conference is an excellent educational and networking event. Latin America attendants as me, will find excellent information and initiatives in order to enhance our local processes." Columbian Delegate
"I enjoyed the range of papers presented - it made for a really interesting couple of days. Good range of attendees from both industry and academia also." UK Delegate
"Overall my experience was very positive. I especially liked the wide spectrum of papers presented. The organisation was very good at all stages and the venue was fantastic." UK Delegate
"Sustainable development is crucial issue nowadays and I believe it’s rather an important matter to focus. Very well organized, very good quality of the presentation, very unique conference." Russian Delegate

All RISE for the next generation of green building pioneers

RISE Awards 2015

The RISE awards were a huge success and a fitting grand finale to the SEEDS conference. The winners of awards which celebrated research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise in the built environment have been announced by Leeds Beckett University.

Over a hundred industry and academic professionals gathered at the Park Plaza hotel in Leeds for the inaugural RISE awards (#RISEawards). Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute and the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University and sponsored by Saint-Gobain UK, the awards celebrated the most pioneering sustainability research and development in the industry.

Presented by Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, the awards brought industry and academic bodies together for the first time, to reward innovation across eight different categories representing the four key strands of the RISE Awards; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. In a change from the usual application process, entrants were encouraged to use their creativity and create a one to two page visual poster outlining their project, product or initiative.

Speaking about the awards, Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, said: “The construction industry faces a huge challenge to become more energy efficient and sustainable, reducing the built environment’s contribution to climate change.

The RISE initiative has brought together leading construction partners, all with a keen desire to take the construction sector forward, forging a more sustainable and innovate industry. The level of creativity demonstrated in the entries to ensure products and buildings are successful in the field was exceptional. Those commended and whom have achieved a RISE award have set a high benchmark on which we can build.

“The strength and diversity of approaches to sustainable design and construction means there is much to build on. We have set our journey to become, not only a Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett, but one of excellence where the potential that can be achieved through industry and academic engagement is recognised. Being part of the celebrations that recognise those pushing at the boundaries was an honour.”

Winners and those highly commended on the night were from a range of businesses; from architects to contractors to product designers and construction consultancies. Those who triumphed included Arc Building Solutions in the Field Research category for their innovative Eaves Insulator product, Leeds Environmental Design Associates in the Design, Innovation and Creativity category and BAM Construction who walked away with the behavioural change gong for their project addressing the energy performance gap on their builds. Innovative local developer CITU also picked up yet another award to add to their ever expanding trophy cabinet for their Little Kelham project, this time in the Sustainable Development category. Special awards were also given out on the night to Rockpanel, Yeme Architects and Saint-Gobain. Congratulations to all the winners (a full list can be found below).

Tom Cox, Research and Development Manager at Saint-Gobain UK added: “Saint-Gobain UK was delighted to support the first ever SEEDS Conference and RISE awards with its vision to support and promote productive academic and industry research partnerships. Our team had an excellent evening which was a fitting celebration to two highly enjoyable days of learning, debate and discussion. We will continue to work closely with the forward-thinking team at Leeds Sustainability Institute in the future.”

SEEDS 2015 PROCEEDINGS

SEEDS 2015 ABSTRACTS

SEEDS CONFERENCE VIDEOS

LILAC: ecology-equality-community - Professor Paul Chatterton
Sustainable Housing Research: Human Factors and low carbon living - Professor Malcolm Bell
Biomimicry: Approach for eco-designing ICT systems - Professor Eric Rondeau
Research, Innovation & Sustainability at Knauf Insulation - Mike Ormesher
Saint-Gobain Overview - Tom Cox
Business Ethics and Sustainability - Simon Robinson
The Challenge of Implementing Sustainability in Existing Buildings - Alice Owen
Building Performance Network - Professor Will Swan

SEEDS CONFERENCE PHOTOS

SEEDS International Conference - Sept 2015

RISE AWARDS PHOTOS

RISE AWARDS 2015

RISE AWARDS POSTERS

RISE Awards 2015 - Posters

RISE 2015 logo

RISE AWARDS WINNERS 2015

AWARD 1 – Field & Laboratory Research

Winner
ARC Building Solutions

Highly commended
Mott MacDonald

AWARD 2 – Product & Element Interface

Winner
Bauman Lyons Architects

Highly commended
Saint-Gobain

AWARD 3 – New Technologies

Winner
Saint-Gobain

Highly commended
C-Probe Systems Limited

AWARD 4 – Design, Innovation & Creativity

Winner
LEDA

Highly commended
Rockpanel

AWARD 5 – Sustainable Development & Energy

Winner
Citu

Highly commended
Green Building Store

AWARD 6 – Heritage Award for Restoration & Retrofit

Winner
Green Building Store

Highly commended
C-Probe Systems Limited

Highly commended
Studio Polpo

AWARD 7 – Behavioural Change

Winner
BAM Construction

Highly commended
Rockpanel

Highly commended
Morgan Sindall

AWARD 8 -Enterprise

Winner
Mott MacDonald

Highly commended
ARC Building Solutions

Special RISE Awards

1. Chair’s Award for Most Innovative & Sustainable Approach to Restoration

Winner
Yeme Architects

Highly commended
Studio Polpo

2. CKE Special Award

Winner
Rockpanel

Highly commended
Collett and Sons

3. Arts, Environment & Technology Special Award

Winner
Wakefield & District Housing

Highly commended
Rex Procter & Partners (Energy Services)

4. Leeds Sustainability Institute Award

Winner
Hill

Highly commended
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

SEEDS Academic Award for Best Poster

Winner
Beverley Clifton Morris and Liverpool John Moores University

Highly commended
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

SEEDS Academic Award for Best Technical Poster

Winner
Mott MacDonald

Highly commended
Martin Fletcher, Felix Thomas and Adrian Appleyard

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SEEDS Conference Awards 2015

1. CIOB Award for Best Academic Paper

Winner
Richard Jack, Dennis Loveday, David Allinson and Kevin Lomas

Highly commended
Joe Williams, Doctor Mike Lawrence and Professor Pete Walker

Highly commended
Fiona Fylan, Chris Gorse and David Glew

2. CIOB Award for Best Technical Paper

Winner
Guillaume Lethé

Highly commended
Francesco Pomponi, Poorang A.E. Piroozfar and Eric R.P. Farr

Highly commended
Dave Farmer, Chris Gorse, Dominic Miles-Shenton, Matthew Brooke-Peat and Calum Cuttle

3. LSI Award for Most Pragmatic Approach to Sustainability

Winner
Jody Harris, Andy Dougill and Alice Owen

Highly commended
Rachel Huxley

Highly commended
Ian Adrian Fletcher

4. LSI Award for Contribution to the Field

Winner
Fisayo Caleb Sangogboye, Olaf Droegehorn and Jari Porras

Highly commended
Iqbal Ahmed, Alexandra Klimova, Eric Rondeau and Andrei Rybin

Highly commended
Paul Chatterton

5. LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Developing Need

Winner
Oriel Kenny, Isobelle Logan, Andrew Swan and Jono West

Highly commended
Chuma Sineke and John Smallwood

Highly commended
Anthony J. Smith, Martin Pritchard and Alan Edmondson

6. LSI Award for Paper Addressing a Social Need

Winner
Martin Pritchard, Alan Edmondson, Tom Craven and Theresa Mkandawire

Highly commended
Richard Cozzens

Highly commended
Kevin Thomas and Ian Dickinson

7. SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Built Environment

Winner
Sara Lilley, Gill Davidson, Barry J. Gledson and Zaid Alwan

Highly commended
Fidelis Emuze

Highly commended
James Parker

8.SEEDS Award for Contribution to the Natural Environment

Winner
Agnieszka Knera, James Parker and Alan Poxon

Highly commended
Nicola Caravaggio and Martina Iorio

Highly commended
Hasan Hamouda, Nadine Abu-Shaaban and Eman Al-Swaity

9. Chair’s Award

Winner
Christopher Allen and Katharina Crafford:
House Rhino
Herald newspaper article
WeekendArgus(Sunday) newspaper article

Highly commended
Erica Marshall, Julia Steinberger, Tim Foxon and Valerie Dupont

Highly commended
Benjamin A J Martin, Dawa Masih, Benson Lau, Paolo Beccarelli and John Chilton