Richard Dawson, chartered architect based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, providing architectural services and project management.

AECB (The Sustainable Building Group): a preview of this year’s AGM in Bradford

R Dawson Architect is attending this year’s AECB (The Sustainable Building Group) Annual Meeting at BradfordUniversityon Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July

It promises to be a feast of sustainable issues for homes and commercial premises, how to achieve a better carbon footprint or simply how to make better use of your resources with the wealth of products and systems on offer

Prominent speakers include Hattie Hartman sustainability editor, Architects’ Journal and ‘Footprint’ blogger;  Andy Simmonds, CEO, on the new AECB Retrofit programme and Luther Moll, building physicist and expert on airtightness systems and Director of ProClima in Germany and New Zealand.

Workshops will include water issues, ventilation, Post Occupancy Evaluation, using natural building products and creating healthy buildings, dealing with moisture.

Tours of two new buildings – one of hemplime construction and the other prefabricated timber frame to Passivhaus standard – and a refurbished 1960s library block.

A look at the University of Bradford’s environmental policy including a sophisticated energy monitoring system.

A member for over 20 years, Richard originally joined the AECB to raise clients environmental and ‘green’ awareness with healthy materials, low energy and water saving in everyday lifestyle choices and during the construction process.  He still offers services to assist homeowners and business owners reduce energy and save water through the development process.

A few years ago, R Dawson Architect used his expert sketching ability whilst working as a consultant for a local Architect in Saltaire, to produce a ‘vision’ for Bradford University ‘Ecoversity’ as part of a funding package for the regenerated campus.  TheRichmondBuildingas part of that vision was transformed as energy saving cladding on a remodelled façade.

With complex shapes and spaces, Richard was also commissioned by the Estates Department to ‘sketch out’ what the University’s JB Priestley Library may look like (see picture) and a car park entrance to screen plant and improve accessibility.  Both projects are now complete.

If you would like to go and find out about all things green Any enquiries concerning the conference and the exhibition should be directed to Karen Purvis | Tel: 01993 831859.

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