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Bright ideas needed

BSRIA and Designing Buildings Wiki launch 'Make Buildings Better' competition

Posted by Stephanie Broad | May 02, 2016 | Events

BSRIA and Designing Buildings Wiki are launching an open competition calling for ideas that will make buildings perform better when in use.

Whether through the adoption of smart technology, better regulation, on-site generation, monitoring and feedback, or more drastic measures such as carbon rationing or contractual obligations for buildings to achieve design standards. The more innovative and far-reaching the better. 

The competition is simple to enter: all that is required is an idea, which might only take a paragraph or even a sentence to explain. 

According to the Committee on Climate Change, the UK is currently not on track to halve greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2025 and meeting the 2050 target for an 80 per cent reduction requires that domestic emissions fall by at least 3 per cent a year. But our consumption of primary energy has actually remained relatively constant since the 1970s, and as the population of the UK is expected to rise significantly over the next few decades, something will have to change. 

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said that 47% of UK carbon emissions are generated, or influenced by the construction industry, and 80% of those emissions are from buildings in use.

Buildings in use continue to consume far more energy than is predicted during design. The latest figures from Innovate UK’s Building Performance Evaluation Programme found the average total carbon emissions of non-domestic buildings was 75.2 kg CO2 per square metre per year, 3.8 times higher than the design estimates. While design emissions do not include unregulated energy uses (such as appliances), this would only be expected to account for a difference of around 20-65%, so radical change is needed.

Jayne Sunley, Information Manager at BSRIA, said: “BSRIA is delighted to launch this competition with Designing Buildings Wiki. BSRIA has been a sponsor of the Wiki for just over a year now and we’re excited to take this partnership one step further in finding ways in which we can ensure a sustainable built environment. BSRIA’s mission statement is ‘making buildings better’ and we feel strongly about enabling the industry to enhance the value of the built environment. 

“In terms of better building performance, we’ve worked hard to develop and promote our Soft Landings process to change industry best practice and ensure performance of a building is at the forefront of the project from the very beginning. We’re hoping this competition will lead to similar industry-changing processes.” 

The winner will receive £500 worth of BSRIA membership, training or publications, and along with four runners-up, will be featured in the July edition of Delta T and on Designing Buildings Wiki. 

The competition closes on Wednesday 18 May. 

Enter here:

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