Low Carbon Business Breakfast to look at home truths about sustainable housing

January 8, 2014

Intelligent design and its role in low carbon construction is the topic for the first Low Carbon Business Breakfast of the new year, held in Bath on January 21.

Among innovations to be discussed will be self-healing concrete, use of nanoparticles in construction and building houses that make their occupants happy.

The session will look at two interpretations of intelligent design in the construction industry. Mike Roberts of Midsomer Norton-based HAB (Happiness Architecture Beauty), the self-build and custom-build business set up by designer and broadcaster Kevin McCloud, will share his thoughts on building places and homes that are both lasting and loved.

HAB houses are designed to make people happy, keep them warm in winter and cool in summer and generally comfortable and cheerful all year round.

Dr Kevin Paine, a senior lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, carries out research in the area of sustainable concrete technology. Particular areas of interest include the performance of low carbon cements and geopolymers and the use of recycled and secondary aggregates.

He will discuss how new technologies and innovative design are changing the face of construction and will talk about the university’s new areas of research, which are investigating the use of nanoparticles, research into using natural fibres, and research in collaboration with the biology department investigating self-healing concrete. 

The event takes place at the Bath Innovation Centre Broad Quay at 7.45am for an 8am start.

The talk and discussion will end by 9am and will be followed by optional networking until 10am.



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