The companies the students represent include those in France’s public and private sectors, energy saving companies, manufacturers, construction firms, architects and new start-ups. The students came to learn about the research and work of the Centre for the Built Environment CeBE team https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/research/research-areas/research-areas/built-environment-cebe/ team within the Leeds Sustainability Institute and to explore the local area.
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Smith and the Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute, Professor Chris Gorse, welcomed the group to the University on Monday 3 April. The group then embarked on a packed schedule of presentations, visits and activities.
A tour of the innovative Citu, Little Kelham site in Sheffield, a developing residential and retail area was a highlight of the visit. Professor Jean Carassus, from the Ecole des Ponts, said: “There are many aspects which make Little Kelham a really interesting development to study. It seems that the development is addressing a lot of problems surrounding urban regeneration and it is good to see how it is being integrated into a city such as Sheffield. The whole approach, from the design and the construction all the way to things like the marketing and digital side of Little Kelham is very innovative.”
The students enjoyed a full schedule of presentations from our CeBE researchers including talks on research into building behaviour, thermal bridging, and closing the performance gap.