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University of Wolverhampton wins “Green Award” for its BECCI business support programme

The ERDF funded Built Environment Climate Change Innovations project  has been awarded the prestigious silver Green Apple Award in recognition of its contributions to Environmental Best Practice.

Launched in 1994 the Green Apple Environment Awards is now established as one of the world’s most influential environmental campaigns, aiming to locate and recognise Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities. The Awards are organised by The Green Organisation and supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

The BECCI project competed against more than 500 other nominations in the 2014 Green Apple Awards. The project will now feature in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, to enable others to  follow its example and learn from the project’s achievements.

Project Manager, Glenn Barrowman said, “As the University of Opportunity, in addition to our teaching responsibilities, we strive to create bridges between our academic researchers and industry. The BECCI project does that by improving the business performance of our client companies and helping our clients to get their low carbon products into mass market housing”.

The Green Apple awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

MEBC Annual Business Celebration Dinner celebrates success

This year’s 2014 MEBC Annual Awards celebrated the success of the business community within the low carbon sector. With over 150 representatives in attendance the event highlighted the work being undertaken to promote sustainable business growth and the utilisation of low carbon technologies within the market.

Five award categories were created in order to recognise the achievements of the SME community. These included:

  1. Growth in the low carbon sector
  2. Innovation in low carbon products and services
  3. Excellence in Training
  4. SHAP Retrofit Award (Sustainable Housing Action partnership)

 The SHAP retrofit award was presented by Glenn Barrowman, University of Wolverhampton and Project Manager of the ERDF funded Built Environment Climate Change project.

Shortlisted companies were West Midlands based Greenworks Training Academy, Serenity Lighting and Brickspan.

The winners Serenity Lighting, a division of the IST Lighting group providing bespoke and off-the-shelf LED lighting solutions to a range of blue chip customers. Serenity’s energy efficient lighting solutions are tailored to many sectors from offices, architectural, commercial, retail, healthcare, amenity and domestic white light and colour changing applications.

Dr Geoff Archenhold, Founder of Serenity Lighting said, “We are delighted with this award. It is recognition of our hard work as a growing research based company, in bringing LED lighting technology to the market. LED lighting now a proven technology, tried and tested as a means of us all reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions within both new and retrofit situations.  There are exciting times ahead for Serenity Lighting and LED technology; one example is on the therapeutic and psychological effects of different lighting on our health and well- being which in addition to our existing markets is proving highly effective.”

Further information on the winners can be found here

Lighting recognised at MEBC Awards

The 2014 SHAP retrofit award was presented to Dr. Geoff Archenhold founder of Serenity Lighting by Glenn Barrowman, University of Wolverhampton and Project Manager of the ERDF funded Built Environment Climate Change project.

Prior to presenting the SHAP retrofit award, Glenn outlined the challenge faced by the UK if it is to meet its legislated CO2 emissions reductions of 80% at 1990 outputs by the 2050.

Celebrating Construction

Team BECCI is proud to announce that Paul Hampton BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS FICWCI FHEA, was on the judging panel for the upcoming ‘Celebrating Construction Awards 2014’ held on Friday 25th April at The ICC (Hall 4) in Birmingham.

Paul is the current Chair of the West Midlands branch of the RICS and past chair of other professional bodies within the West Midlands region. A Principal lecturer and Head of Employability at the University of Wolverhampton, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Paul is a STEM ambassador and supporter of various initiatives to promote the Built Environment to a wider audience.

GreenBuild Expo

The GreenBuild Expo was a highly successful event on the 7th and 8th May 2014 it provided an insight into all aspects of sustainability within the Built Environment. The exhibition and conference provided engaging debates, insightful workshops and seminars regarding sustainable methods, green materials, low carbon designs and energy saving refurbishment as well as promotion of energy efficiency and carbon reduction solutions. 

Glenn highlighted, “There needs to be a holistic combination of factors if this is to happen. Taking housing as one example, actions required include streamlining planning conditions to allow house builders to achieve increased new build numbers, and for the existing housing we urgently require a coordinated and supported energy efficient measures programme, in order to maximise the propensity for homeowners to undertake these works”.

BECCI Video Produced

The BECCI project has had a short YouTube video created recently, this is a chance to see what companies say about the BECCI project and how they have interacted with the project. If you would like to see the video in full click here

BIM & The Future of Construction

Martin Huggins a  Senior R+D Consultant with the University of Wolverhampton delivered a presentation on the topic of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to an audience of small to medium sized companies. He provided an overview of the benefits, and the implementation of BIM to all sections of the construction industry. 

Free Air Tightness Testing for Black Country Businesses

Are you losing money through your floors? We can shine a light with a FREE building audit

Research suggests that significantly reducing drafts in your house could save 30% of your heating bill (ref: BRE)

¨ The University of Wolverhampton's BECCI project is offering FREE energy assessments to  eligible SMEs with appropriate premises in the Black Country Region.

¨ To be considered for a free audit please email or call.

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