Earth Footprint of the Construction Phase of the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education at the Centre for Alternative Technology

By Bryce Gilroy-Scott, John Chilton and Steve Goodhew.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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It is the objective of this paper to describe the development of an application of the EF method specific to individual construction projects. It is hypothesised that the re-structuring of already existing information systems on a construction project can be adapted to provide an EF measure of performance. If this is the case, then the possibility exists for a small investment in money and management, to provide clients, companies and regulators with a powerful tool to assess the sustainability of an individual building, specific to that actual project. A specific building was the focus of this research, the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE) at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Powys, Wales. This building was chosen for a variety of reasons. The purpose of the project was to extend the scope and scale of a sustainable building, acting as a live research project for sustainable buildings. This EF method will calculate the EF of the structural earth materials using a Cradle-to-Site method, including the embodied impact of the material as well as the energy used in transport, processing and construction.

Keywords: Ecological Footprinting, Sustainability Assessment, Construction Methodology

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.73-91. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 664.943KB).

Bryce Gilroy-Scott

Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of the Environment, University of Nottingham, Machynlleth, UK

Bryce Gilroy-Scott (MSc Arch Dist) is a senior lecturer in the MSc: Renewable Energy and the Built Environment Program, in the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE) at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales. He is also a PhD researcher developing a method of applying ecological footprinting to building construction and operation. Between 2005–2009 he was the project manager developing an eco-village based at a social enterprise woodland in the UK. This project won three awards from the international Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, The Built Environment and Architectural Heritage 2009–Gold Winner; Green Champion 2009 and the prestigious 2009 Green Apple Champion of Champions.

Prof. John Chilton

Chair of Architecture and Tectonics., Department of Architecture and Built Environment., University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Professor John C. Chilton is Chair of Architecture and Tectonics at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Executive Council Member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) based in Madrid, Chair of IASS Working Group 12, on Timber Spatial Structures, member of IASS Working Group 15, Structural Morphology and Vice-Chair of the TensiNet Association, Communication Network for Tensile Structures in Europe. He sits on several editorial boards, including the Journal of IASS and International Journal of Space Structures. He is author of over 100 journal and conference publications including two books, on Space Grid Structures and about the work of Swiss engineer and reinforced concrete shell-builder Heinz Isler.

Prof. Steve Goodhew

Professor of Environmental Building, and Associate Head of School of Architecture, Design and Environment., School of Architecture, Design and Environment., University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Steve Goodhew is Professor of Environmental Building, and Associate Head of School of Architecture, Design and Environment at the University of Plymouth. He is a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University in relation to the environmental performance of buildings. Steve has been researching in situ monitoring of building performance for over 15 years, and has written many academic and professional papers on the thermal and moisture related properties of sustainable building materials and buildings.