Sustainable Building Design Principles - A Walking Tour

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Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:30

Sustainable Building Design Principles - A Walking Tour


Coventry & Warwickshire Green Business Programme: Low Carbon


Coventry University
Engineering & Computing Building, Gulson Road, Coventry CV1 2JH
United Kingdom

Join us on a tour of interesting buildings with green design features that are operated by Coventry City Council and Coventry University to discover and learn about the main principles of sustainable building design. We will cover natural ventilation, Passivhaus design, thermal mass, efficient space utilisation, renewable technology, district heating and refurbishment solutions for hard to treat buildings through practical case studies in buildings around the city.

Coventry's city centre, consists of buildings from many different periods, retrofitting them to the highest possible environmental standards is essential to increase energy efficiency and to cut carbon emissions.

Delegates will be examining the business case for demolishing a building versus retrofitting, while being taken on a tour of the City to see first-hand examples of sustainable buildings making use of low carbon technologies.

There will also be the opportunity to take advantage of one day free sustainable building design consultancy for those who attend to further develop or implement energy efficient technologies demonstrated during the tour.

The Green Business Programme team from CUE Business Solutions and Coventry City Council will also be on hand to advise on funding support and energy audits that are available to SME’s based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Event Objectives:

  • Discover how to incorporate sustainable design in your own workplace
  • Opportunity to learn about sustainable best practice in real life and explore how you can apply the lessons learnt in your future projects
  • Understanding of key challenges and opportunities that are faced in real building design projects that aim to incorporate energy efficient technologies

Tour will include:

  • Frank Whittle Building: University Engineering Faculty building which uses renewable energy including biomass and solar thermal and solar PV
  • Whitefriars Priory: A hard to treat building will be explored
  • Alison Gingell Building: University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences building which uses natural ventilation
  • One Friargate: Sustainable space has been utilised in the new Council offices


Gideon Howell, Associate Head (Enterprise & Commercial) Coventry University

Sarah Watson, Head of Energy and Low Carbon, Coventry City Council

Araz Agha, Architectural Technologist / Lecturer in Building, Coventry University

Planning Team, CCC – TBC

Who should attend:

SMEs with an interest in sustainable building design principles, low carbon and renewable energy systems, ideal for business with commercial property or residential portfolios who want to incorporate sustainable design in to their own workplace or personal development projects.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day.

This workshop is funded by ERDF Green Business Program and as such only SMEs based in Coventry and Warwickshire are able to attend. Eligibility will be verified when completing registration details.


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