Innovating with Low Impact Materials

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The use of bio-based and low impact materials provides an opportunity to reduce the amount of energy consumed during manufacture and transport, whilst potentially providing a number of significant performance benefits during operation, such as thermal performance, moisture control and good indoor air quality.

Embodied carbon makes up the largest proportion of the carbon emissions of a building through its lifetime – between 30% – 70% of a building’s lifetime carbon emissions have already been accounted for, even before it is occupied”

Battle, G; 2014 Embodied Industry Task Force

Co-hosted by The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and The Green Register, and kindly supported by Vision 2016, this event provided an opportunity to hear from the leading innovators in the sustainable materials sector and discover the pioneering approaches in which designers, manufacturers and academics are researching and developing low impact materials.

From timber to straw bale, clay to hemp and lime, the event discussed a range of ground-breaking research projects and cutting edge methods of practice that are increasingly used by leading companies and individuals within the industry. We explored the current state of the sustainable materials sector, and debated how we can further the uptake of low impact materials and accelerate the UK’s transition to a low carbon, healthy built environment.

The event was supported as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.






Further information:

Bristol 2015 European Green Capital –

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