Despite warnings about an 'eco-crunch', sustainability will continue to be a critical dimension within the built environment sector, delegates heard at the recent RICS/OISD conference on 'Creating a Sustainable Built Environment'.
The evening conference, which was held on 14th October at Oxford Brookes University, brought together more than 25 delegates from RICS membership in the South East Region from surveying and architecture practices, and the private and public sectors, and covered three main dimensions to OISD's work:
- Sustainability and value;
- Inclusive design; and,
- Post-occupancy evaluation.
Introducing the conference and the work of OISD, Professor Tim Dixon (Director of OISD and Professor of Real Estate) said that:
"Although the credit crunch is starting to bite, the sustainability agenda is with us for the long term. Sceptics have argued that cost constraints will mean an 'eco-crunch', but the strong likelihood is that legislation, innovation and competitive edge will continue to drive the sustainability agenda in the built environment. Research that addresses the barriers to sustainability in the changing economic climate, and develops cost-effective technologies will therefore be even more important to undertake".
Dr Claire Roberts and Dr Sally Sims gave presentations related to continuing research work in OISD:ILM on 'sustainable offices' (funded through IPF) and 'renewables and value' (funded by RICS). Both speakers highlighted the importance of value impact and payback in terms of the 'sustainable features' in commercial and domestic properties, and in overcoming the barriers to sustainability in property markets.
Dr Claire Roberts presenting on the IPF research
Lynne Mitchell (OISD:WISE) gave an overview of her work with Professor Elizabeth Burton and other colleagues on inclusive design for older people, focusing on 'neighbourhoods for life', and their highly rated EPSRC I'DGO research. This was followed by Dr Fionn Stevenson’s (OISD: Architecture) presentation on post-occupancy evaluation, focusing on end users and their behavioural patterns in buildings, and also highlighting the ground-breaking wireless technology being used by OISD researchers to assess levels of energy use in a real home occupied by a young family.
Martin Russell-Croucher, Director of Accreditation and Certification at RICS, who attended the conference said:
"The RICS South East 'Creating a Sustainable Built Environment conference' at Oxford Brookes University demonstrated the depth and quality of the research being undertaken at OISD/Oxford Brookes in key areas of interest to property and built environment professionals".
Alison Adams, Event Co-ordinator, RICS South East said:
"The conference provided a great forum to
demonstrate the work of the OISD. The differing topics and speakers gave
a very interesting insight into various aspects of
sustainability in the built environment, and the feedback from delegates on the quality of the conference was extremely complimentary".
Programme and Downloads
Introduction: Prof. Tim Dixon (PDF) (Director of OISD, Professor of Real Estate) (Chair)
Sustainable property - drivers and barriers: Dr Claire Roberts (PDF) (OISD: ILM, Dept of RE&C)
Renewables and property values: Dr Sally Sims (PDF) (OISD: ILM, Dept of RE&C)
Designing neighbourhoods for life: Lynne Mitchell (PDF) (OISD: WISE, Dept of Arch.)
Improving building performance - new methods of post-occupancy evaluation: Dr Fionn Stevenson (PDF) (OISD: Architecture, Dept of Arch.)
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