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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

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.

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/

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