Think Low Carbon Events

Working in collaboration with Barnsley College, The Building Research Establishment (BRE) will be offering a series of interactive seminars and workshops aimed at businesses working across the built environment and sustainability sectors looking to develop skills and knowledge. The series will take advantage of the innovative Think Low Carbon Centre based at Barnsley College’s Honeywell site.

The Centre features solar panels, a green roof covered in wild flowers, triple glazing, a wood-pellet powered biomass boiler and reflective sun pipes which allow natural daylight into dark rooms. Rainwater is recycled and used for flushing toilets and watering greenery. An air source heat pump captures heat from outside and transfers it to an under-floor heating system. Windows automatically open to regulate temperature. Recycled denim, sheep’s wool and panels of locally sourced straw bale and hemp are used to insulate walls. The power generated and used is displayed on a screen for visitors.

The Centre is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £2.75 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-2013. The remainder of the project is funded by the College.

The following events will be available:

Utilising Lean techniques to deliver cost effective projectsUnderstand the benefits of integrating lean construction techniques. An improvement process that has been proven to reduce costs and time in the delivery of construction projects. The methods will be demonstrated to allow you to:
– Use diagnostic tools to identify areas for improvement
– Prioritise and plan improvements
– Deliver improvement activities
– Evaluate the effect and impact of improvements
Thursday 21st February 2013£75


Sustainable and innovative refurbishment and retrofitWith the advent of the Green Deal, this event will explore the scale and nature of theUKhousing refurbishment market. Providing you with an understanding of both the challenges and opportunities for your organisation. We will show examples of typical practical retrofit solutionsMonday 19th April 2013£75


Passivhaus – Low energy design principlesDesigned to introduce you to the Passivhaus standard, highlighting the basic characteristics of Passivhaus buildings, the certification requirements and how to set about designing a building to the standard.Monday 10th June 2013£75


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