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SEEDS Conference 2019


International SEEDS Conference 2019

Growing Sustainability - Natural Capital and Society in the Built Environment

SEEDS and RISE 2019
 

The fifth International SEEDS (Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society) Conference took place on 11-12 September 2019. The University of Suffolk hosted the conference for the first time and welcomed delegates from across the world who are all experts in their field. The University worked in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Technological University Dublin. The built environment has a greater impact on natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry. The SEEDS Conference focused on the changes that are taking place and the benefits or consequences that are being predicted and measured regarding the built environment’s impacts.

Professor Lloyd Scott, Head of Knowledge in Sustainable Construction Research Group at Technological University Dublin said, “We are experiencing a time of great change and challenge where the excitement of technological development can be evidenced all around us. I was delighted the University of Suffolk had the vision to collaborate and host the event and humbled to be part of it. The urgency that surrounds addressing sustainability is very apparent and the SEEDS Conference provided a special forum where like-minded academics, researchers and students could provide the evidence for change but also create the appropriate discourse to make the necessary transition. We had two days of lectures, workshops, discussion events and networking opportunities to shape a sustainable future together.”
 
Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, added “Tasked with transforming engineering and construction, while ensuring cleaner and more productive modes of operation, the SEEDS Conference and RISE Awards brought industry leaders and academics together to ensure a real difference is made. It was impressive to see how many national and international experts came to Ipswich. The hub of activity that was been created is a testament to the research at the University of Suffolk and the impact the SEEDS Conference has. We have great expectations of what will come out of the partnerships formed in Suffolk and believe that further research outputs from the conference, digital symposium and industry awards will revolutionise our working space and better support the natural environment that we rely on.”
 
Justine Oakes from the Suffolk Sustainability Institute and Sustainability Manager at the University of Suffolk said, "The built environment dominates humanities impact on the natural world.  For the majority of us, the rural and urban communities we pass through daily, have all been shaped and designed by social and economic growth requirements. So it therefore makes sense, that with a growing population, the key route to progressing towards a sustainable future is to focus, quite literally, on building it! Built environment activities are key contributors to climate change, energy consumption, waste generation, resource depletion, biodegradation and diminished human health.  All challenges that formed the focus of this year’s SEEDS Conference. This event presented an exceptional opportunity for global knowledge transfer within our region."  
 
The conference was supported by Haven Power. Marc Bradbrook, Commercial & Energy Services Director at Drax Customers (Haven Power & Opus Energy), said, “We’re enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future, through our supply of renewable electricity to UK businesses, and the provision of corresponding services such as battery storage and electric vehicles. We were incredibly proud to be supporting such an innovative conference focussing on sustainability here in Ipswich.”
 
The two-day conference was bridged by the RISE Awards, at Milsoms in Kesgrave. The annual awards, presented by Iain Dunnett, Senior Growing Places Fund Coordinator at the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, celebrated talented companies, groups and individuals who are changing the nature of the built environment industry through extensive research, development and innovation.

SEEDS 2019 Awards

The SEEDS Best Paper Award
Burak Ilhan and Ali Murat Tanyer
 
Sustainability and Environmental Assessment Award
Mark Gazzard and Colin A. Booth
 
Sustainability and Stakeholders Award
John Heathcote and Markus Bleier
 
Sustainable Retrofit Award
Chikezirim Okorafor, Fidelis Emuze and Dillip Kumar Das
 
Sustainable Development and Urban Spaces Award
Niamh Murtagh, Nezhapi-Delle Odeleye and Chris Maidment
 
Sustainability in Education Award
Alice Owen, Kathryn B. Janda and Kate Simpson
 
Project Management in Sustainability Award
Paul Collins and John P. Spillane
 
Sustainable Infrastructure Award
Thomas Franzen and David Thorpe
 
CIOB Award for Best Technical Paper
Neil Pickavance, Andrew Ross and Damian Fearon
 
Health and Safety Award
John Smallwood
 
Innovation and Technology Award
Peter Gudde, Justine Oakes, Nic Bury, Peter Cochrane and Nicholas Caldwell
 
Building Performance and Evaluation Award
Dean Myers, Christopher Gorse and David Johnston
 
Retrofit Award
Michela Menconi, Noel Painting and Poorang Piroozfar
 
Fire Safety Award
ARC Building Solutions
 

RISE 2019 Awards

Field and Laboratory Research
WINNER
Nic Bury, Anna Lavelle, Mike Chadwick - University of Suffolk, Kings's College London
Urban river restoration; Influence of urban river restoration on nitrogen dynamics at the sediment-water interface
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
SES Engineering Services
GlaxoSmithKline Q-Block (Aseptic Manufacturing Facility)
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
SES Engineering Services
Quadram Institute
 
Design, Innovation and Creativity
WINNER
Bernardino D'Amico – Edinburgh Napier University
Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Emergency Shelters: A Holistic Approach
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Eva Agapaki, PhD Candidate, Charles Vest Scholar – University of Cambridge
Importance of geometric Digital Twins (gDTs) of factories
 
New Technologies and Building Materials
WINNER
Justine Oakes, Nigel Dent, Alison Huxley - University of Suffolk, Connected Energy, Suffolk County Council
The Hold: Ipswich, Energy Battery Storage Project
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Hindavi R. Gavali & Rahul V. Ralegaonkar, Department of Civil Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur, India
Design of Sustainable Alkali-activated Bricks using Bio-based Ash
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Dilun Patel – Leeds Beckett University
(Joint Developing Nations) Are Bananas the New Building Material?
 
Sustainable Developments
WINNER
Vivian W Y Tam & Khoa N Le - Western Sydney University
High-Grade CO2 Concrete for Low Life-Cycle Costing
 
WINNER
Don Stewart – Interserve
Emissions & (Commercial) Springwell Leeds SEMH Schools
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Emmanuella Twumasi – Technological University Dublin
SustainAbilty Expertise (SE): Towards a more Sustainable Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
EdenBridge Health, 1st Horizon, IAConnects, SiteDesk, Arrow ECS, Mercateo & SRO Solutions
Digital Asset Management Alliance – Smart Asset Management Suite
 
Behavioural Change
WINNER
Peter Miller – Conga Ltd
Conga - Motorway Makeover – Creating a fast and comfortable public transport service for the GB strategic road network
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Brian Murphy – Green Building Encyclopaedia
GBE Heracey TM
 
Social Value
WINNER
David Sweeting, Gary Crockett, Dr Christopher Hayre, Dr Noreen Cushen-Brewster, Dawn Parsons, Teresa Howarth – East Coast Community Healthcare CIC, Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils, University of Suffolk
To what extent does a warm home impact on health and wellbeing?
 
Enterprise
WINNER
SES Engineering Services
York Community Stadium
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Julia Davis – Julia Davis-Nosko
Greenware in the Greenwoods
 
Collaborative Working
WINNER
SES Engineering Services
GlaxoSmithKline Q-Block (Aseptic Manufacturing Facility)
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
David Walton - Suffolk County Council & Environment Agency, New Anglia LEP, Groundwork Suffolk
Suffolk Climate Change Partnership
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Don Stewart – Interserve
South Tees Hospitals
 
Education and Training
WINNER
Mike Bates - PL Projects
Developing Sustainability in a Service Sector SME … a difficult journey!
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Harvey Potts – Leeds Beckett University
Healthy Learning Environments
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Emmanuella Twumasi – Technological University Dublin
SustainAbility Expertise (SE): Towards a more Sustainable Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector
 
Fire and Safety
WINNER
Rochila Kundu – Leeds Beckett University
BIM Implementation for Existing High-Rise Social Housing: Grenfell Tower
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Barrie Smith – Leeds Beckett University
Investigation into Grenfell Tower in accordance with Approved Document B
 
Health, Safety and Wellbeing
WINNER
Lucy Cooper – Interserve
Mental Health First Aid
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Haydon Bottomley – Leeds Beckett University
The Effect of Reusable Micro-Spaces in Advanced Urban Communities
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
SES Engineering Services
SES Engineering Services
 
Asset Management
WINNER
EdenBridge Health, 1st Horizon, IAConnects, SiteDesk, Arrow ECS, Mercateo & SRO Solutions
Digital Asset Management Alliance – Smart Asset Management Suite
 
Civil Engineering (Infrastructure and Access)
WINNER
Chris Davis & Rob Bozea – Network Rail
Access for All at Saltmarshe Station
 
Building Consultancy and Surveying
WINNER
ARC Building Solutions
ARC Timber Frame Fire Stopping System & ARC Eaves Insulator
 
Knowledge Transfer
WINNER
John Bruen, Bruen Architects & Queen's University Belfast
A Decision Support System for Affordable and Sustainable Housing Design and Delivery
in Least Developed Countries and Post Disaster Contexts
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Emeka Osaji – Leeds Beckett University
Analysis of Energy Certification Compliance for Urban Sustainability of Public Buildings in England & Wales
 
Contracting (Outstanding Contribution to Social Value)
WINNER
nmcn PLC
Positive Impact NMCN – Committed to Delivering a Positive Impact
 
Chair’s Award for Best Paper in Category: Energy Assessment Systems
WINNER
Rajat Gupta, Matt Gregg and Agnese Salvati
Performance Evaluation Based Claims Process for Insuring Energy Performance of New Dwellings
 
Architecture and Architectural Technology - Award for Outstanding Achievement
WINNER
John Bruen, Bruen Architects & Queen's University Belfast
A Decision Support System for Affordable and Sustainable housing Design and Delivery in Least Developed Countries and Post Disaster Contexts
 
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