Showing posts with label Sustainability. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sustainability. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 April 2013

[Retro]Fit for the Future? | Thurs 18th April, 6pm, PLACE

PLACE present an evening of discussion exploring lessons learnt from the recent retrofit of McMaster Street and the benefits of architectural restoration.

Contributing to the discussion will be Siobhan Brown, Assistant Director, Hearth, Declan Allison, Campaigner, Friends of the Earth, and Michael Briggs, Director, East Belfast Community Development Agency.

This event follows the recent launch of the UAHS and Hearth project 'Quality Streets' - a short animation demonstrating the retrofit of traditional terraced houses.

Date: Thursday 18th April

Time: 6pm

Venue: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast, BT1 5EE

Cost: Voluntary donation

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Monday, 8 April 2013

'Quality Streets' Launch | Templemore Baths, 12th April, 12pm

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society launch 'Quality Streets' on Friday 12th April at 12pm. The short animation, produced in partnership with Hearth Housing Association, demonstrates how traditional terraced housing can be retro-fitted using energy efficient measures, looking at McMaster Street in East Belfast as an example.

McMaster Street, Belfast. Photo by Gary Potter.

Date: 12th April 2013
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Templemore Baths, Templemore Avenue, Belfast BT5 4FW
Tea and coffee provided.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Retrofitting - Realising the Advantages | Tues 2 May, 9.30 - 4pm

On Tuesday 2nd May, 9.30 - 4pm the Chartered Institute of Housing and CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, in partnership with PLACE, present a day event focussed on retrofitting.

The need to improve the energy performance of existing houses and buildings is generally recognised by industry and the general public and it is further driven by various Government targets. However how to retrofit effectively is less well understood. This seminar will give attendees an opportunity to examine why retrofitting is important, what regulations are in place and what are the advantages of retrofitting our housing stock.

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Speakers include Tom Wooley (Rachael Bevan Architects), Roger Hunt (Journalist), Joseph Birt (Building Control), Peter Keig (Eco-Energy (NI) Ltd), Noel Rice (NIHE). For a full agenda for the day visit

Date: Thursday 2nd May 2013, 9.30am - 4pm

Venue: CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, Nutts Corner Training Centre, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, BT29 4SR

Cost: £85 plus VAT (£75 for CIH members)

Book Online: CLICK HERE

More Information: Contact Catriona Holmes at CIH on 028 9077 8222 or email [email protected]

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Sustainable Buildings: The Business Case | Thurs 25 April, 5 - 7.30pm | UU Belfast Campus

Professor Ian Montgomery, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment invites you to a keynote seminar - Sustainable Buildings: The Business Case.

With Paul KingCEO of UK-Green Building Council and Danny Kinahan MLANI Assembly All Party Working Group on Construction.

Thursday 25 April 2013, 5.00pm - 7.30pm. Conor Lecture Theatre, York Street, University of Ulster, Belfast. Registration and refreshments available from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Tickets are limited - Click here to register.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Low Impact Buildings Lectures | Thurs 27 Sept | Linenhall Library

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) and Invest NI are collaborating to promote the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) Low Impact Buildings Programme. There will be two free lectures on Thursday 27th September in the Linenhall Library, Belfast.

The lectures will demonstrate how effective the latest eco-technologies are proving to be in practice, how the TSB’s development funding works and how architects, clients and businesses here can benefit.

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Friday, 23 December 2011

Connecting Places: Bus Rapid Transit - panacea or placebo?

In this series, Connecting Places, we explore the spaces, places and sustainable transport systems in Belfast and beyond, with an aim to generate critical debate on the design of our towns and cities.

Series curated by Aaron Coulter
Article by Aaron Coulter and Gary Potter

The deadline to be involved in the public consultation on Belfast's proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes is coming to a close on 6th January 2012. The routes and accompanying documentation can be viewed until 6th January in the city centre at Department for Regional Development, and in East and West Belfast at the East Belfast Partnership and West Belfast Partnership respectively.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy, in outlining the reasoning for the introduction of a BRT system,  states:
"We need a transportation system that can accommodate the future demands of Belfast, both its people and businesses. We need to reprioritise how we travel and change our travel behaviour to encourage a shift away from the private car and towards public transport. By working together we can make public transport, into, within and across Belfast, safer, cleaner and more attractive for everyone."

It would be hard to find fault with the statement above, but as the deadline for public consultation on the proposed routes draws near, one key question comes to the fore: will the BRT be the cure to Belfast's transportation woes?

Bus Rapid Transit - the solution?

Thursday, 29 September 2011

More support needed for local timber and renewable products, says leading architect

A former Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast has called on leading bodies to support the local timber industry. Tom Woolley feels that timber buildings are less common in Northern Ireland than elsewhere because there is ignorance about the merits of timber among architects and the wider construction industry.

Above: Professor Tom Woolley
“Timber construction is more more sustainable and environmentally friendly than cement and concrete”, says Tom Woolley, who was Professor at QUB between 1991 and 2007. “Concrete has been unfairly subsidised due to the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme, which is now coming to an end. More support should be given to local timber and the renewable products which are now available to use.”

“The Northern Ireland Construction Industry Group does a good job promoting the interests of cement and concrete, as well as the wider construction industry - but has not done enough on the sustainability agenda,” says Professor Woolley. “The Quarry Products Association acts as a secretariat to the Northern Ireland Assembly Construction Group. MLAs need to know more about the benefits of timber.”

Professor Woolley will chair an upcoming conference organised by PLACE Architecture Centre and Wood-NI on 12th October at the Ulster Hall, exploring the future of timber construction in Northern Ireland.

“Our aim is to bring all the different people with an interest in timber frame buildings and wood based products to strengthen knowledge and support for the design, aesthetic, health and environmental benefits of wood,” says Professor Woolley.

The conference will feature speakers including prominent architects Glenn Howells and John Gilbert, who have designed many innovative timber frame buildings in England and Scotland. Delegates will also be given a policy briefing by the Forest Service.

Other speakers will highlight case studies of timber buildings in Ireland and Northern Ireland and show examples of innovative and sustainable timber products, materials and construction methods. These will feature the new Tesco store in Newtownards and several low energy housing projects. The conference is organised by PLACE Architecture Centre in conjunction with WoodNI and has been sponsored by a number of key organisations.


- Download the conference flyer [PDF, 80kb]

- PLACE & Wood-NI: Timber Construction & Design in Northern Ireland conference

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

RTPI and RSPB Northern Ireland Sustainable Planning Awards 2010/11

The RTPI/RSPB NI Sustainable Planning Awards are open for entries. Find out more and download an entry form via the RSPB website: click here.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Tidal States of "Eneropa"

Above: The proposed Eneropa map by OMA. Ireland north & south and the western half of Great Britain would form part of the "Tidal States"

In the Observer, Rowan Moore considers Rem Koolhaas and OMA's plans for a united network of renewable energy across "Eneropa".

"I have, frankly, no idea if by 2050 anything like this network will exist, or whether it will join the ranks of the fantastical and doomed, along with the cities teeming with autogyros imagined in the 1930s, or the 1960s' faith in the future ubiquity of hovercrafts. I doubt if anyone else knows, either. But, of all the abstract speculations about what sustainable futures might look like, there has not previously been one so tangible or engaging."

Observer: Roadmap 2050 by Rem Koolhaas's OMA

Read more:
OMA: Eneropa

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Sustainable Home Workshop

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The Sustainable Home Workshop brings together all aspects of sustainable housing in one day. On Friday 16th April you can join with experts in sustainable planning, eco design, energy design, sustainable building materials, water and ecology, and building regulations, to understand the implications and the opportunities in the move to sustainable housing in Northern Ireland. The challenge is huge, as are the opportunities.

If you interested in self build then you can join a practical workshop in a sustainable house on Saturday 17th April, with visits to build projects.

Find out more at

Contact Michael at the details below:
Michael Donnelly
Director, RealEyes Sustainability Ltd
michael AT
+44 7739518998

More info:

Friday, 13 November 2009

Sustainability Now virtual conference

Sustainability Now is a virtual event covering best practice on green legislation in the built environment - you can attend it for free on the 8th & 9th December from the comfort of your office. See the full conference programme here.

Registration: Sustainability Now