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Bath University Public Lecture: Towards a Photosynthetic Architecture – Decarbonising construction using renewable materials (straw)

Wed 15 Jun 2016 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

The need to reduce CO2 emissions from the operational energy use in buildings is more pressing as we seek to mitigate the effects of climate change. As we do so, the ratio of embodied emissions increases compared to those of operational energy. The use of biobased materials in construction allows us to tackle both operational and embodied emissions.

Biobased renewable materials are created through photosynthesis. Plants are able to grow through the conversion of atmospheric CO2 into useable carbon. Powered by photosynthesis, plants absorb atmospheric CO2, deconstruct the molecule into its component atoms, carbon and oxygen, and bank the carbon into complex sugars, the building blocks of cellulose.

The ModCell Straw Technology system uses the natural carbon capture and storage process (CCS) to exploit the physical properties of straw and timber to effectively build with carbon. ModCell’s use of renewable materials not only delivers a 90% reduction in emissions from heating and cooling, it also delivers an effective carbon capture and storage solution.

The ModCell System secured a whole building system – PassivHaus Component Certification – in February 2015. The amount of CO2 banked into the system is more than is emitted through its making, resulting in a carbon negative footprint. This CCS mechanism means we can consider the built environment as a man-made carbon sink – the planet’s sixth carbon sink.

For more lectures, see the full Minerva programme.

Mr Craig White

Developer, architect and renewable material entrepreneur, Craig White sythesises a number of roles to help deliver sustainable outcomes in the built environment. Craig is currently leading the work for a new model of developer-enabled community-housing to meet the housing crisis challenge.

  • Time: 5.15pm to 6.30pm
    Venue: Arts Theatre, The Edge
    Speaker: Craig White, developer, architect and renewable material entrepreneur

Further information: http://www.bath.ac.uk/about/community/minerva-series-lectures/White.html


Wed 15 Jun 2016
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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University of Bath
BA2 7AY United Kingdom
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