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Green Build Hub Practical Completion

CSBT is delighted to announce that Practical Completion of the Green Build Hub at the Eden Project was achieved on Tuesday 28th July and we have moved into our new office. We now have until our planned launch in late September to co-ordinate our future programme of activity and to develop the interpretation scheme and monitoring installations to tell the story of the build and to showcase the collaborative partnerships involved in delivering this wonderful new BREEAM Outstanding building.

April 2015 Progress Update


The Green Build Hub is well on the way to completion now with the local cedar cladding completed, floor insulation and under floor heating laid, monitoring sensors installed and the Cornish rockers installed. The design team are now discussing final finishes such as floor finishes and colours in partnership with Falmouth University Interior design and Sustainable Product design students.

The following month the scaffolding is due to come down to uncover the beautiful Green Build Hub.We will be capturing this on timelapse camera and film.

Top Ten Reasons to visit Green Build Hub

The Home for Sustainable Construction in Cornwall

 

The Green Build Hub is CSBT’s new base at the Eden Project. This innovative BREEAM Outstanding building and will be open for business in summer 2015 and offers a range of exciting opportunities:
• A living laboratory where eco-building products will be installed, tested and monitored to produce objective performance data in a real building setting
• A training centre and a future base for degree courses in partnership with the Eden Project and others
• Encouraging inward investment by specialist green building and renewable energy suppliers by enabling them to showcase and test innovative products with-in the building
• Open to the public and Eden visitors showcasing the latest innovations in green building
• Available for hire as a conference and training space.

February 2015 Progress Update

Progress update on the Green Build Hub, Scaffolding finished, Roof watertight, Wall sensors installed and a site visit from Nick Boles MP, its all go!

Insulation has arrived on-site ready for installation to help the Green Build Hub reach its U-values and BREEAM credits.

We are launching our fit-out competition for the Green Build Hub very soon.

We are still open to collaborators and supporters to join us here at CSBT please let us know if you would like to be involved.

 

January 2015 Progress Update

Things are moving very quickly here at the Green Build Hub site at the moment. The roof glulam beams are now on with the plywood roof decked and the concrete stairs have been installed. The scaffolding is just about keeping up with the build and is nearly complete.

The contractors have been battling the weather but now the roof is on and the scaffold covered in we hope to be more resilient to the weather. We are on schedule and have had several college students onsite asking questions and learning from a good exemplar project.

We are planning to install some monitoring equipment very soon onsite to start gathering data before the build is complete, this will allow us to test our analytics and data collection methodology.

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

 

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