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. The aim of the International SEEDS Conference is to foster ideas, through research and proven practice, on how to reduce negative impacts on the environment while providing for the health of society. The professions and fields of research required to ensure buildings meet user demands and provide healthy enclosures are many and diverse. The SEEDS conference addresses the interdependence of people, the built and natural environments, and recognises the interdisciplinary and international themes required to assemble the knowledge required for positive change.
The Conference will bring together experts from around the world to focus on the impact of the built environment, the changes that are taking place in the industry, and the benefits and consequences of change that are being predicted and measured. The focus of discussion and debate will be on understanding how buildings and spaces are designed and nurtured to obtain the optimal outcome. As well as addressing technical issues, measuring energy efficiency and modelling energy performance, emphasis will be placed on the health and wellbeing of the users of spaces occupied. This holistic approach will draw together the research themes of energy, building performance and physics while placing health, wellbeing and ecology at the heart of the Conference.
The Leeds Sustainability Institute is a centre of research, informed and supported by business leaders, professional associations and community groups. Our research addresses the challenges of creating more sustainable places, communities and economies. Through the Institute a wealth of experience and skill is captured, with the potential to influence and shape the future via its networks and partners.
- Tom Cox – R & D Manager, Saint-Gobain
- Professor Simon Robinson – Leeds Beckett University
- Mike Ormesher - Technical Director Northern Europe, KNAUF
- Professor Malcolm Bell – Leeds Beckett University
- Professor Paul Chatterton – The University of Leeds
- Professor Chris Gorse – Leeds Beckett University
- Dr Alice Owen – The University of Leeds
- Professor Eric Rondeau - University of Lorraine