Sustainable design and low carbon technologies what do architects need to know? - Leeds

21 May 2014

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Humanities Building, Broadcasting Place, Leeds Metropolitan University, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9EN


Why do some renewables not perform as well as they should? Why is biomass often a bad idea and why don't most renewables make sense unless in a building with a highly performing fabric? Why can incentives such as Feed In Tariffs (FIT) act as perverse incentives? Why is energy efficiency 'the first renewable' and why should we not waste even 'clean' energy?

This seminar, applied to the architect’s day-to day practice, will discuss these questions, dispel myths and look at the fundamental issues in relation to the specifying of low carbon and renewable technologies as part of a sustainable design strategy.

Short presentations combined with practical exercises and case studies which draw on The Environmental Design Pocketbook will provide:

  • a straightforward guide to low and zero carbon technologies and renewables. Including, solar panels, CHP, biomass boilers and different kinds of heat-pumps
  • an appreciation of the relative importance of renewable and low carbon technologies compared with other measures
  • a quick means of understanding when low carbon technologies and renewables technologies may be appropriate, which and why
  • a simple approach to estimating what energy use and carbon emissions are likely to be for a building – both with and without renewable energy provision
  • a simple approach to estimating what potential energy and carbon reductions are likely to be for low carbon technologies and renewables.

Delegates need to bring an open mind and a pocket calculator!

Speaker: Sofie Pelsmakers, Architecture for Change and UCL Energy Institute


RIBA CPD Club Members: Free of charge
RIBA members: £70.80 (£59 + VAT)
Others: £102 (£85 + VAT)
RIBA Student member: £18 (£15 + VAT)


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Rachel Hunnybun
0113 3899870


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