Cities and Built Environment
August 2011 Activities
Throughout August 2degrees will be bringing you a range of content and activities relating tosustainability in the built environment. Join us for webinars on topics including the impact theroll-out of a smart grid will have on the delivery of low carbon buildings, together with blog
posts on the strategic challenges it poses. We’ll also be looking at the performance gap which
often exists between the predicted performance of low energy buildings and the day-to-dayreality. Together with our our usual blog
posts from leaders in the built environment sector, we’llexplore what the office of the future might look like and have a forum discussion on the UK’s
National Planning Policy Framework which aims to promote sustainability.
This month Paul Hinkin of Black Architecture will join our line-up of regular contributors on 2degrees. Black Architecture is an awardwinning practice working across the commercial office, retail andresidential
sector and Paul’s first contribution takes a look at the
workplace of the future. We will also have blog posts from the recentlyformed International Sustainability Alliance and the National PhysicsLaboratory in the UK in addition to pieces from the US Green BuildingCouncil and the Building Research Establishment Global.
Battle of the Buildings
WEEK BEGINNING AUGUST
Following the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)announcement on the top contenders so far in its Battle of theBuildings Competition, we have an interview with Maura Beard of theEPA on the progress that has been made by each of the buildingsectors and the lessons this brings.
Why is it that low energy buildings often don’t perform as well as they
are predicted to? Is an energy performance rating for a building reallyworth the paper it is written on? This webinar will look at theperformance gap that often exists between building design and real lifeuse, highlighting some of the key issues that both the design team andclients need to be aware of and how the activities of the buildingoccupiers can have a major influence on energy use.