Wednesday 12 February 18:30 - 19:30

Room G.12
22 Gordon Street

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Building a healthy and sustainable built environment: development, new build and retrofit

Science & Technology

Building a healthy and sustainable built environment: development, new build and retrofit

Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute, joins us for the next event in our sustainable infrastructure lecture series.

Inadequate buildings and ill-considered developments not only increase emissions but are detrimental to our health and well-being. There are significant health benefits for those living in properties that are built and retrofitted well, and planned so that they integrate with the community and the natural environment.

Buildings that perform reduce emissions, are comfortable, benefit from improved air quality and allow for a greater social and environmental integration, and provide safer and cleaner environments.

There has been a recent shift in research towards focussing on the whole building and its performance, taking into consideration the fabric, services and occupant, as well as the buildingโ€™s relationship with the external environment - including the contribution of development on the urban heat island and pollution.

Moving from tests on building elements towards exploring buildings as a whole system has greater potential for realising healthier, more sustainable buildings.

โ€œSustainability in the built environment is as much about the impact of the building and home on the health and wellbeing of the occupant as it is about avoiding the creation of an inhabitable planet, although clearly both are inseparably important.โ€
Prof Chris Gorse, Leeds Sustainability Institute, Leeds Beckett University

About our speaker

Professor Chris Gorse, Leeds Sustainability Institute and Leeds Beckett University
Professor Chris Gorse is Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and Head of the Centre of the Built Environment at Leeds Beckett University.

Chris began his career as an engineer and project manager, with a background in contracting and consultancy. He now leads a multidisciplinary team with expertise in energy, building performance, human behaviour, smart buildings and cities, modelling and data analytics. Chris is engaged in national projects for the UK government and major international research programmes.

Chris is Chair of the International Conference for Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS), the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) and a founding member of the Building Performance Network.

The lecture will begin at 18:30 and will be followed by a networking reception from 19:30. Please note that places for this event are limited and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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