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Bath University I-SEE Public Lecture: Innovative eco-materials for better quality buildings
October 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Professor Peter Walker, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath
Abstract: Buildings, and the way we use them, are responsible for some 40% of our carbon dioxide emissions. Although better regulations have been driving improvements in building energy performance, to reduce both energy usage and the broader environmental impacts, there have been unintended consequences of this change. Lower energy buildings rely on greatly improved insulation levels and minimising uncontrolled heat losses through greater levels of air tightness. However, recent studies have shown that this can lead to significant reductions in the indoor air quality, such that it can be worse than outdoors. This presentation looks at work from a 4-year EU (Framework 7) funded project that aimed to develop a range of eco-materials with capacity to improve indoor quality without additional ventilation measures. Results from the project will be presented together with suggestions for the way forward.
Professor Pete Walker is BRE Trust Chair of Innovative Construction Materials and Director of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. Pete is a chartered civil engineer and his research interests cover the use of natural materials, such as unfired earth and straw bale construction.
Prior discussions and afternoon tea will be served in the Wessex Restaurant, University of Bath from 16:00 to 16:25. The seminar starts at 16:30
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