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Network promises eco-friendly development

26 June 2007

The University is leading on new project to create world class environmentally-friendly development by partnering the Welsh construction industry with academic researchers.

The Welsh Assembly’s Knowledge Exploitation Fund has funded the creation of Construction Knowledge Wales, a network to promote sustainability within the construction industry. It will be formally launched in North and South Wales next week.

The network will bring together industry and research to utilise the knowledge base present in Wales, spreading best practice about sustainable development within the construction sector. It will also bridge the gap between industry needs and the academic sector, helping to set future research priorities that are driven by the industry.

The network is managed by the Centre for Research in the Built Environment (CRiBE) part of the Welsh School of Architecture. The Centre’s primary aim is effective and sustainable design, construction and management of the build environment. The network now has 12 academic partners and six industrial experts. The academic partners offer a range of expertise, including renewable materials, electricity generation, waste management and environmental conservation.

Lara Hopkinson of CRiBE, who is managing the network, said: "Sustainability is now one of the highest priorities on any new development project. Construction Knowledge Wales will enable the industry to draw upon the latest academic thinking and create high-quality modern buildings which enhance the Welsh built environment."

Knowledge Construction Wales will launch in South Wales on Monday, June 25 at the Eco-Building in Cwmbran. The North Wales launch takes place on Thursday, June 28 at Optic Technium, St Asaph Business Park. Both events will give an overview of the Network, together with case studies showing practical application of sustainable construction techniques.