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I think therefore I BREE-AM

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber returned for our Spring Series 2017 at a fantastic new venue courtesy of our sponsor hosts Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

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  1. Our BREEAM focused event welcomed 3 excellent speakers to the new premises of ourvenue partners Addleshaw Goddard LLP
  2. Our breakfast events offer a great opportunity to hear from leading industry experts and to network with like-minded business professionals. Our first event of the year saw Barry Rankin, director of Leeds based GWP Project Services review the benefits (and challenges!) of BREEAM to those tasked with delivering, operating and owning BREEAM assessed buildings. Barry gave best practice examples from current and previous projects of how BREEAM has been approached and achieved on an economically justifiable basis and has effected substantial change to the approach to sustainability within the industry. He also looked at the range of BREEAM versions applicable to multiple building types, alternatives within the marketplace and gave an insight to where BREEAM may head in the future.

    A copy of Barry’s presentation slides can be found here - Barry Rankin presentation

  3. We also heard from Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute, and Dr David Glew, previously seconded from Leeds Beckett University to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. They both reflected on their research, the position of the government and industrial activity in the UK. While over recent years the government have seemingly taken a back step with its environmental agenda, insights are provided into some of the research being undertaken, the benefits of sustainable building and what the future might hold. The impact of certification schemes such as BREEAM were explored and the benefits of understanding energy use and building performance.

    A copy of Chris and David’s presentation slides can be found here - Professor Chris Gorse & Dr David Glew Presentation
  4. The event concluded with a question and answer session with the panel. Feedback from delegates was extremely positive with comments such as:-
    “Very informative and insightful into future construction sustainability”
    “Well presented with a passion for the subject matter”
    “Eye opening for the long term effects”
  5. Our next CEYH breakfast event will take place at the awarding winning Factory 2050 in Sheffield on 29th March 2017 and it will be hosted by Interserve. At this event you will hear from the team about this cutting edge winning project and also get an opportunity to have a tour of the facility so you do not want to miss this! Further details to be confirmed so watch this space!
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