Researcher shortlisted for national sustainability award

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Environmental legacy

Innovative work by David Shiers, Reader in Sustainable Architecture at Oxford Brookes University has been shortlisted for the UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards 2017.

The Awards are organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives in universities and colleges.  

There are 113 finalists across 15 categories, with projects ranging from electric pool cars to music albums dedicated to climate change. They include ambitious zero carbon targets, pioneering new ways to create heat sources from waste and the largest Passivhaus building in the UK.  

David’s Green Guide to Specification – An environmental profiling system for construction materials, has been shortlisted in the Research and Development category of the Green Gown Awards 2017.  

The Green Guide to Specification is an environmental profiling system that enables designers and constructors to select building materials and components which have the lowest environmental impact.

Prior to this work, no reliable method existed to evaluate and compare the environmental impacts of construction materials. Since its introduction, 20 years ago, Green Guide has become the industry and legislative standard for the selection of lower environmental impact construction materials.

Designed at Oxford Brookes and developed in association with the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Green Guide methodology provides the construction industry with reliable environmental evaluations based on quantitative Life Cycle Assessment data.

With the EAUC’s new strategy to reposition and align sustainability around key institutional priorities and challenges, this year’s Green Gown Award applications reflect the potential of sustainability to solve the sectors most critical problems.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive, EAUC

Part of the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and Code for Sustainable Homes programmes, Green Guide has been used to reduce environmental impacts for over 538,200 recorded construction projects with a further 2.236 million projects registered awaiting certification worldwide.

The guide was also used as the key test in determining the selection of construction materials in the London 2012 Olympic Development Plan.

Winners will be announced at the prestigious Green Gown Awards Ceremony taking place at The Monastery, Manchester on 15 November, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive at the EAUC, said: “With the EAUC’s new strategy to reposition and align sustainability around key institutional priorities and challenges, this year’s Green Gown Award applications reflect the potential of sustainability to solve the sectors most critical problems. Every day, tireless environmental and sustainability leaders across the UK and Ireland are driving change and making sustainability just good business. The Green Gown Awards exist to give them the recognition and platform they need to do even more.”

A fifth edition of the Green Guide reference book and on-line resource is currently in preparation.

An Impact Case Study with more information about the work is available on the University’s research webpages.