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  1. Low Carbon Business Breakfast, Bath, 21st May 2013

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    Topic: The use of natural materials in low carbon building technologies: a successful collaboration between industry and academia

    Speakers:   Professor Pete Walker, University of BathTim Mander, Integral Engineering Design

    Date & Time: May 21st, 2013 07:45 to 09:00.

    Timings: Please arrive from 7.45am for an 8am start. The talk and subsequent discussion will conclude by 9am, followed by optional networking until 10am.

    Cost: £10 +VAT, including tea/coffee and pastries.

    Location: Bath Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Bath BA1 1UD, United Kingdom

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    This presentation will summarise a seven year collaboration between the University of Bath and Bristol based company ModCell Ltd in the development of prefabricated straw bale construction, focussing on two local projects: BaleHaus at the University of Bath and the Nucleus Building at Hayesfield School.

    Straw bale construction offers many potential benefits in the delivery of much needed lower carbon and more energy efficient buildings. The traditional use of straw bales on site, as large building blocks, has proven successful in self build and other smaller projects, but has failed to be accepted by mainstream construction industry. The use of straw bales in prefabricated (factory manufactured) building panels, both for cladding and load bearing walls, offers an innovative solution and that realises benefits and addresses many of the concerns.

    Pete Walker is the BRE Trust Professor and Director of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials and current Head of Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. His research interests include renewable materials (prefabricated straw bale; hemp-lime), modern earth building, lime mortared masonry and innovative timber engineering.



    Tim Mander has been at the forefront of sustainable design thinking for over twenty years and continues to pioneer some of the most exciting new ideas in the industry. As a Director of Integral Engineering Design, Tim is proactively involved in projects and provides a strong design lead. He firmly believes that good architecture and good engineering go hand in hand and need to be fully integrated to deliver high quality buildings cost effectively.

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