December 2014 Progress Update

December 2014 Update on the Green Build Hub Construction Progress

Interviews with some of the key members of the team sharing thoughts on the progress to date

A big THANK-YOU is in order from CSBT to all that have helped with the Green Build Hub get to where it is today

If you would like to get involved, be it with a product, service or for interest please contact us

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from CSBT and the Green Build Hub team

Please share our progress

Timber Frame Workshop Training Opportunities

We have had 4 full time Wood Occupations Level 1 students from Cornwall College St Austell, on a one day a week, 4 week, work experience placement here at CSBT. Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) are a growing option for the construction industry, moving away from traditional building methods. It is essential that here at CSBT we are catering for changes in the industry and enable companies and individuals opportunities to up-skill in order to help businesses to remain viable and flexible.

Below is a video showcasing the on-site construction of the timber frame element of the Green Build Hub and how at CSBT we are engaging with local students offering hands on work experience. The students have really enjoyed the experience and we hope it aids them to secure apprenticeships next year to progress to NVQ level 2 and 3.

Air Tightness and Thermal Imaging CPD

In January we are planning to host a CPD event on Air Tightness and Thermal Imaging, please watch this space for further details

The outline plan is to have a brief presentation on why airtightness is important, and then introduce methods of identifying leakage including thermal imaging and its benefits in identifying leakage areas along with some photograph/presentation examples.

There will be a brief demonstration in a test property using the air test equipment and the thermal imaging camera at the end of the session. Details will also be provided on what other situations thermal imaging can be useful for clients.

The event will be run by Rachel Simpkins of South West Air Energy, keep an eye out for event updates

November 2014 Progress Update

November 2014 Update on the Green Build Hub Construction Process

New live cameras onsite to be added to our website soon, watch this space!

Please share our progress.

CSBT Autumn Supper Evening

  

Autumn Supper Evening – an evening of learning and sharing.

Last night we hosted one of our evening supper events for supporters and local firms interested in our work.

The whole event was free (thanks to the generosity of Skills Support for the Workforce, through the European Social Fund) and included CPD training on Thermal Imaging; a delicious tagine meal provided by Eden caterers; and an update on the Green Build Hub construction progress.

After the meal Paul Bright, our CEO explained his vision for the CSBT Charter Mark and how we want to use the charter not only as a mark of excellence within the sustainable building industry, but also as our way of encouraging SMEs to reduce their carbon emissions year on year, with our support.

 

 

The beautiful Gallery at Eden provided a lovely backdrop to the evening, and enabled the approx. 90 members of local building and sustainability organisations in Cornwall to chat and form new contacts.

There will be another supper event in the spring, as well as the Green Cornwall Show in May, so look out for further details.

We will be running further CPD events in the New Year, with reduced costs to CSBT Charterers.

GBH team attend NEC 3 Workshops

  

CSBT have put on two New Engineering Contract 3 Workshops which involved all parties of our GBH team. The workshops help highlight any confusion or potential problems with the proposed contract. The key members of the project are working under the NEC 3 Engineering and Construction Contract which promotes mutual trust and co-operation.

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   Expert advice from NEC 3 Tutor 

Plan checkProject Manager and Contractor discussing GBH programme draft

Everyone is focused on the same goal of producing a high quality, on time sustainable construction.  The NEC 3 Contract pulls away from traditional contracts and is written in plain English and promotes clear communication links. The contract states that early warnings are used not to point blame but to organise  innovative avoidance strategies or solutions collaboratively. All attendees were focused and highly impressed with the workshop delivery.

Funding sticker

 

Green Build Hub Team Run Eden Half Marathon

 

Green Build Hub Team: (left to right, front to back) Phil Crossley, Stewart Bradley, Dan Cole, Simon French, Darrell Wilcock, Paul Treweek, David Edmondson, Simon Caklais, Jason Tetlow (below) Cian Spowart, Jacob Down.

What can we say? CSBT is beaming with pride after a marvellous display from our committed project team. Last Sunday 19th October the Green Build Hub Team (GBH) ran the Eden Project Half Marathon, joining nearly 1,200 people on the day who ran across both the full and half marathon routes around our stunning clay country.

 

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust would like to thank the European Social Fund for supporting the collaborative development of our Green Build Hub team for the event.

A project of ‘firsts’ for many members, some of who were running a half marathon for the first time during this innovative build project. An initiative which is itself pushing the boundaries of eco building best practice from conception and design and now into construction as the Green Build Hub broke ground only a fortnight earlier this month.

 

Preparing ahead of the half marathon start, Phil Crossley – CSBT Trustee and Project Manager at Ward Williams Associates, said: “Training is going well and it is good for a team building event. Getting us all here, running and hopefully running together, maybe a few slipping off.”

A challenging course profile in and out of the Eden Project pit, this is a real achievement and an interesting route in the UK. David Edmondson, CSBT Trustee – Strategic Development Manager, Cornwall Council said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to it. I’m a bit concerned because I spent the afternoon surfing yesterday, which may not have been the best preparation for the run. But it is a great opportunity to publicise the Green Build Hub and promote working together in collaboration, it’s going be good!”

 

Everyone was raring to go. The runners have been training, donning the Green Build Hub high visibility vest and really getting behind it as a team. They were supporting each other on the way around the course, cheering over the finish line, and of course heading for a pint and a pasty afterwards – or cider and pasty – depending on your preference.

 

Cian Spowart, Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the Eden Half marathon in support of CSBT and the Green Build Hub project and would like to thank the team for all their hard work in organising the event. We have great weather today and are really looking forward to an excellent run.”

 

The Eden Project Half Marathon also provided an opportunity to fundraise for educational monitoring tools as part of the GBH project going live this coming June, based here at the Eden Project.

 

It is still possible to support and donate – please text ‘CSBT19 £5’ to 70070 or click on the link below to donate via PayPal:



Congratulations again to our team – we’re so proud of you!

 

Well done to everyone who ran on the day, an excellent effort and a fantastic atmosphere. CSBT is already looking forward to next year. Perhaps see you in the newly opened Green Build Hub for some hospitality!

 

Left: Cian Spowart and Jacob Down at the race finish, located in front the outdoor stage at the Eden Project.
Right: Crossing the start line in the Green Build Hub Team high visibility vests. (Left to right) Stewart Bradley, Phil Crossley, Simon Caklais, Dan Cole, David Edmondson, Darrell Wilcock.

 

Interested in joining the community of Green Build Hub collaborators? Find out more here: www.csbt.org.uk/projects/gbh/

Innovative Green Build for Cornish Construction to Break Ground at Eden Project

St Austell – Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT) is delighted to announce the official breaking ground on the site of its £1.4 million Green Build Hub (GBH) at a ceremony on October 7. This unique project has been made possible thanks to an investment of £1.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme. Local and regional officials will join investment and development partners for the start of this project, to be constructed using ground-breaking techniques and materials, which will provide innovative companies with a test bed and demonstration site for their products.

 

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust CEO, Paul Bright, will kick off the ceremony by talking about the impact this development will have on the community. As he highlights:

“This is an exciting time for CSBT and Cornwall to lead the way in sustainable construction. The Green Build Hub provides Cornwall with the opportunity to showcase a whole range of sustainable building technologies, innovation and best practice, available to both those working in construction and the general public”.

 

Paul will be breaking ground with a representative of another CSBT European project – Low Impact Building with Natural Materials (LIBNAM) – Stephanie Geslot of Pay de Fougeres, who is involved in the construction of a similar innovative build in France named Ecobatys.

 

GBH will be a ‘living laboratory’ where eco-building products will be installed, tested and monitored to produce objective and comprehensive performance data in a real building setting. The building will serve as a distinctive training centre, and encourage inward investment by companies such as specialist green suppliers by enabling them to showcase and test innovative products within the building. This BREAAM ‘Outstanding’ building located at the Eden Project, tangibly demonstrates what can and is being done in Cornwall. GBH will act as a key resource of specialist green building knowledge, enhancing the region’s expertise.

 

GBH has an exceptional design team including Gilbert & Goode Ltd, Ward Williams Associates, PBWC Architects, Hoare Lea, CDEC Ltd and TClarke Ltd. Many local organisations, financial institutions and government leaders have also played a key role in developing this project. Input from collaborators, designers and staff has shaped the GBH design from initial concept and there are still many opportunities for local companies to be involved.

 

Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the Convergence programme said: “The location of our region is a distinct advantage for future growth within the green and marine sectors. The construction of the GBH at Eden will support businesses in the sector by allowing them engage with the latest innovations, knowledge and support, whilst offering opportunities for high level skills which will benefit the wider business community.”

 

According to Constructing Excellence buildings collectively account for around half the UK national output of carbon dioxide emissions. Only last month World Green Building Week saw world leaders raising the profile of climate issues and the imperative balance to be struck between tackling problems in a tangible manner, whilst continuing growth and development. Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust believes that sustainable construction has a significant role to play in realising this goal.

 

Expected completion date of the Green Build Hub is June 2015.

 

Green Build Hub Layout Plans

PBWC Architectural Drawings (pdf. files):

Green Build Hub – Ground Floor Plan

Green Build Hub – First Floor Plan

Green Build Hub – Roof Plan

Green Build Hub – West Elevation

Green Build Hub – South West Elevation

Green Build Hub – 3D Visuals

Video – Architectural walk through

Building our future at the Green Build Hub.

Eden provide site, ERDF gives green light.

This summer marks the realisation of a long held ambition for the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT). Construction starts on the landmark £1.4 million Green Build Hub (GBH) building thanks to an investment of £1.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme.

GBH will be a ‘living laboratory’ where eco-building products will be installed, tested and monitored to produce objective and comprehensive performance data in a real building setting. The building will serve as a distinctive training centre, and encourage inward investment by companies such as specialist green suppliers by enabling them to showcase and test innovative products within the building.

“The Green Build Hub (GBH) has been a long awaited concept. UK and Europe continue to engage with new ways of using sustainable building technology in construction and we want to position Cornwall as a hub of knowledge for sustainable innovations in building techniques,” said Paul Bright CEO of CSBT.

The two-storey BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ building will sit in a prominent position adjacent to the ‘Pineapple’ car park at The Eden Project. The innovation starts before the building is even up and running. The Trust is looking at ways to record the building development process to be used as current and future study materials. An example of this is the incorporation of Building Information Modelling, which uses 3D visualisation to map the build process, “This kind of information is unique and should help those looking to study green building methods for future projects,” confirmed Paul Bright CEO of CSBT.

New techniques used in its construction, will make it stand out. Phil Crossley CEnv MRICS, Senior Associate Director at Ward Williams Associates explains: “The concertina front of the property has been designed as a series of glazed sections between low impact structural insulated panels; these panels will showcase and test new renewable materials in modular walls, such as straw bales. Most excitingly over the life of the building these will be interchangeable as new and better performing structural elements come onto the market.”

CSBT has appointed Ward Williams Associates to lead their consultant team, whilst the design and build contract has been awarded to a team lead by local contractors Gilbert & Goode, including St Ives based architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole. Rachael Gaunt, Director at PBWC said: “PBWC are committed to working with clients interested in ground-breaking building techniques, so the Green Build Hub is a fascinating and varied project which will help PBWC to be at the leading edge of green innovation.”

The GBH location renders it fully accessible to conducted tours enabling the general public as well as businesses to interact with the building. Even the roof will be accessible for wheel chairs users, so everyone will be able to inspect green roofing experiments and renewable energy installations. Embedded into the landscape with complementary planting, the site will boast features such as high-speed charging for electric vehicles, which The Trust hopes to use to run electric mini bus tours to the building in the future.

Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture & member of the Convergence LMC highlights that: “This is an important build for the Clay Country, which is a priority area for the ERDF Convergence Programme. I hope the building will stimulate and support SMEs in the green build and renewable sectors nationally to engage with the innovation going on at the site. Coupled with the opportunity for new high level skills to be taught on site, this can only be a benefit to the wider area.”

– See more at: http://www.erdfconvergence.org.uk/media-hub/media-releases/2014/06/23/building-our-future-at-the-green-build-hub/#sthash.6mFI7pVt.dpuf

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