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A future zero carbon built environment?

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Abstract: Government policy in the UK and abroad is pushing hard the carbon agenda, with buildings as a main target. The current focus, to achieve zero carbon operating performance of new buildings, has generated a number of concerns; what is zero carbon? What about existing buildings? What about embodied energy? Can the construction industry be innovative? How much does it all cost? Who will deliver it? This talk will consider the possibility of a future zero carbon built environment.

Biography: Phil Jones is Professor of Architectural Science and Head of School at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. He chairs the Wales Low Carbon Research Institute, a consortium of six Welsh universities with industry partners, set up with support from the Welsh Assembly Government to help it achieve its ambitious targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions in Wales. He recently chaired the EU COST Action C23 , ‘Low Carbon Urban Built Environments’ which looked at how its 19 EU partner countries are addressing the low carbon agenda at building and urban scale.

This talk is part of the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series - 40th Annual Series of Lunchtime Lectures series.

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