Snapshots from Green Sky Thinking Week

Hundred’s of built environment professionals attended a successful Green Sky Thinking Week 2014. With encouraging debates and knowledge sharing on sustainability initiatives happening across London, we wanted to share some snapshots of what attendees thought about the week.

When asked 'what was the most interesting thing you heard about or learnt at the event?'...

On Retrofit
How improving the envelope can also improve and create new spaces for example, the new roof solution, with new area, new uses, new image for the building. - Retrofit-the new area of ingenuity? David Morley Architects

How sustainability can be designed into a complex building, yet not shout about it - no wind turbines or obtrusive solar panels - Touring the Civic Centre, Hopkins Architects

On Collaboration
Great to hear from all parties in the team, and to hear about the success of the development so far on crime, and resident's feedback and how this has been followed up during construction phasing. The scheme is quite convincing in terms of density and height because of the green spaces and quality of design. - Communities in Transition- Woodberry Down, Future of London

The multiple value to businesses of planning and installing green infrastructure – Rubens at the Palace Hotel Living Wall, Victoria BID

On Leadership
The uplift in standard is being Client driven rather than legislation. This shows a healthy desire to pre empt the legislature - Responsive Sourcing, MACE

That clients are doing ongoing monitoring which is a commitment to longer term thinking - Retrofit, the New Area of Ingenuity? David Morley Architects

On Value
The survey results collected by 2050 Group, reflecting the perception of the industry and identifying the need to address the public image of the construction industry. - Future of Construction, CIRIA

Considering paybacks of 30-50 years. Also ignore the cost of energy, focus on cost of risk - Retrofit for Purpose, Penoyre & Prasad

On Behavioural Change
The idea of a building as a 'silent mentor' in the education of building users through perceptible climate control and responsiveness. - Delivering Green Design, The Architects Journal

That corporate involvement is one of the cornerstones in making office buildings more sustainable and eco efficient. When will the lights go out?, Nicholas Hare Architects

Technological innovation in post occupancy evaluation and measuring energy consumption within existing buildings - Residential Retrofit, Paul Davies + Partners

The need for real case studies demonstrating real sustainability and POE. - Improving the Environmental Performance of Offices, BCO

Related to BIM initiatives to green the neighborhoods. Information on procedures/ ways of measuring outcomes and funding/ management of projects were interesting – BIM and Sustainability, Mace and Great Portland Estates