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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Sustainable Buildings: The Business Case | Thurs 25 April, 5 - 7.30pm | UU Belfast Campus

Professor Ian Montgomery, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment invites you to a keynote seminar - Sustainable Buildings: The Business Case.

With Paul KingCEO of UK-Green Building Council and Danny Kinahan MLANI Assembly All Party Working Group on Construction.

Thursday 25 April 2013, 5.00pm – 7.30pm. Conor Lecture Theatre, York Street, University of Ulster, Belfast. Registration and refreshments available from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Tickets are limited - Click here to register.

Biographies

Paul King became the first CEO of the UK-GBC in May 2007. Previously he worked for WWF-UK here he was Director of Campaigns, and formerly Campaign Director for WWF’s One Million sustainable Homes campaign and co-founder of One Planet Living ®. Paul is Chairman of the Zero Carbon Hub and is a member of the Zero Carbon Homes 2016 Task Force. He is Chair of the Green Construction Board Buildings Working Group. He is a member of the Technology Strategy Board’s Low Impact Building Programme Steering Group, the Government’s Housing Sounding Board and the Igloo Regeneration Sustainability Committee. Paul was previously a member of the Low Carbon Construction IGT, Sustainable Buildings Task Group, Code for Sustainable Homes Steering Group and the Egan Review of Skills for Sustainable Communities. On an international level he is a Board member of the World Green Building Council and Chair of the WorldGBC Europe Network.

Danny Kinahan MLA is the member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for South Antrim. He is the education spokesperson for the Ulster Unionist Party and is active in a wide range of Stormont Committees and Working Groups. He is a member and Group Secretary of the All Party Working Group on Construction.


Context

The recent UK Budget has promised an additional £94m in capital spending power for the NI Executive. This development has been welcomed by the NI Finance Minister, who has acknowledged the key role that capital spending on infrastructure can have in stimulating economic growth.

Northern Ireland’s construction industry has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to deliver high-quality sustainable buildings. Recent award-winning projects, such as the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, Skainos and Belfast Met’s e3 Springvale campus show the high standards that can be attained when the client requires them.

Yet sustainable buildings continue to be the exception, rather than the rule. If the government believed that economic recovery can go hand-in-hand with low-carbon, resource efficient growth, there might be more exemplary public sector projects.

Paul will set out the business case for more sustainable construction and how it can become a platform for economic regeneration.

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