Crowd Wise sustainable engineering events: Housing/retrofitting & Manufacturing

Our Steering Group identified the sustainable engineering themes and issues affecting all of us.  The two remaining events in our RAE Ingenious funded sustainable engineering agenda will run in March 2012 to coincide with Science & Engineering Week and the region’s Global Manufacturing Festival.

As always, no knowledge or experience required.  

Registration for both Crowd Wise events will be 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start and a 4.30pm finish.  Check back or create an RSS link for more details as we develop these two events.  Identified issues for these events are:

Event 1:   Housing & Retrofitting – Wednesday 14th March 2012 :    Complex issues of how to masterplan for sustainable communities; zero-carbon designed reducing emissions in use and designing buildings for real use; retrofit; insulated and air tight buildings; control systems, allowable solutions, SMART homes, sustainability for an aging population, low/zero carbon, design urban fabric, storm water from gutters and run-offs with expert inputs from:

  • Tom Lipinski, Chief Technical Officer, Green Structures Ltd, London
  • Karl Redmond, Director, Construction Network Sector, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Eddie Murphy, Technical Director, Mott McDonald, Sheffield
  • Dr.Hasim Altan, Director, Building Environments Analysis Unit, The University of Sheffield
  • Dr.Tony Rooke, UK Sustainability Services Practice Leader, Logica plc

Embryonic Question:  Can we afford to invest in retrofitting our housing stock and do it sustainably? What should the home or workspace of the future look like given “green” infra-structure and use of technology to stay in their home for later in life, ie YOPS (Younger Older People) and OOPS (Older older people).


Event 2:  Manufacturing – Thursday 29th March 2012  Developing new technology manufacturing to ensure the UK is competitive on price/performance against the Indo-China continent in technologies such as: food, laser, advanced manufacturing, manufacturing UK protected designs overseas.  Other areas are: product, process, design and materials.  Other influences could be an eco-industrial park, legislation, renewable energy, carbon reduction; use of our expertise in global economy and USP differentiation, with expert inputs from

  • Dr Jim Heley, Head of Integrated Manufacturing Group, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC);
  • Chris Hudson, Team Principal, Chimo Holdings, Sheffield;
  • Deborah Egan, Venue Director, Ekspan Ltd
  • Dr Alan McLelland, CEO National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC);
  • Anne Wilson, Managing Director, Numill Ltd;
  • Professor Martin Howarth, Materials & Engineering Research Institute (MERI), Sheffield Hallam University;

Embryonic Question:  How to use and advance technology to stimulate and generate the manufacturing process?  How will use of our expertise shape a global economy?   How will high tech products change our systems?  What do we need to do to improve, embrace and take the technological manufacturing product forward?  What do we consider to be manufacturing from an engineering perspective?

About actionforinvolvment

We're an independent think tank, founded in 2006 to bring people in our communities together with policymakers and stakeholders. We create space often in a workshop format to pool ideas, develop networks and tackle hot topics. Since 2009, we’ve focused on the sustainability agenda such as: climate change, energy, housing, technology, transport with interest in:education, health, welfare, regulation and enforcement. Our latest project is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Grant and our next event on 27th June 2013 includes George Monbiot with other high level environmental policy makers.
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