Transforming Construction into a Green Industry

 

SYMPOSIUM: 
TRANSFORMING CONSTRUCTION INTO A GREEN INDUSTRY
DATE:       Thursday 18 July 2019, 10.30am -17:00pm
VENUE:    Room CG28, University of Westminster Marylebone Campus, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (opposite Madame Tussaud and diagonal from Baker Street tube station)

As the need to tackle climate change becomes more urgent, the drive to reduce the contribution of the built environment to greenhouse gas emissions (40% in EU) is gaining speed. The EU ambition to achieve Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in new construction by 2021 means that the construction sector is heading for fundamental changes in the very near future. This transition to green construction presents both a challenge and an opportunity. This symposium presents a social perspective to address the question of how construction can be transformed into a green and inclusive industry, through examples that combine comprehensive vocational education and training (VET), a holistic approach to the building process and high energy performance standards.

Programme

10.00 – 10:30 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
10.30 – 10.45 Welcome and Introduction Peter Bonfield University of Westminster Vice-Chancellor
SESSION 1: WHAT KIND OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING IS NEEDED FOR LOW ENERGY CONSTRUCTION (LEC)?: CHAIRED BY: ROSA SCHIANO-PHAN
10.45 -11.05 Vocational Education and Training for Low Energy Construction/LEC in Europe Linda Clarke and Melahat Sahin-Dikmen ProBE/University of Westminster
11.05 – 11.25 Mainstreaming LEC competences Kristof Van Roy Constructiv/Belgium
11.25 – 11.45 Developing low energy construction training in Ireland John Cassidy

 

Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board/Ireland
11.45-12.15 Discussion
12.15-13.00 LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 2: HOW TO BUILD A GREEN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

CHAIRED BY: MELAHAT SAHIN-DIKMEN

13.00 -13.20 Film: Seven Steps to Fast Track Affordable nearly Zero Energy Building, presented by Tomás O’Leary
13.20 -13.40 Passive Social Housing in Ireland Michael Bennett Michael Bennett and Sons Contractors
13.40-14.00 Quality for low energy build: how do we achieve it? Fran Bradshaw Anne Thorne Architects
14.00 – 14.20 Women and Environmental Design & Engineering Rosa Schiano-Phan University of Westminster
14.20 – 14.50 Discussion  
14.50 -15.10 COFFEE BREAK
SESSION 3: EMPLOYER AND TRADE UNION PERSPECTIVES ON GREENING CONSTRUCTION

CHAIRED BY: LINDA CLARKE

15.10 -15.30 Construction 2050: building a construction ecosystem Sue Arundale European Construction Industry Federation
15.30 -15.50 A Danish trade union perspective on greening construction Jesper Lund-Larsen 3F United Federation of Danish workers
15.50 -16.20 Cutting Emissions with British Columbia’s Conservation Experts Lee Loftus Former President British Columbian Building Trades, Canada
16.20 – 17.00 Discussion and summing up
17.00 Drinks and nibbles reception

To reserve a place and further information, please contact, Melahat Sahin-Dikmen M.Sahindikmen@westminster.ac.uk or Linda Clarke: clarkel@westminster.ac.uk

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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