The LCASP lectures, workshops, tutorials and field visits to St Fagans National History Museum, BRE Innovation Park and the Centre for Alternative Technologies are planned to be directly related to the LCD project and will feed into the project episodes shaping the project progress. A visit to London city has also been planned as a leisure day trip for LCASP participants.
The Museum of Welsh Life, is the largest outdoor museum in Europe, with its devoted site to a collection of traditional buildings from all over Wales, as a record of Welsh vernacular traditions in building.
The visit served as an introduction to the observation of buildings from the point of view of environmental performance and sustainability; and an exposure to different interpretations/priorities/views brought by students from different disciplines (architects, technicians, engineers) and from different cultural backgrounds.
The field trip to BRE Innovation Park Watford included visiting some of the world's most sustainable buildings, landscape designs and hundreds of innovative low carbon materials and technologies. BRE Innovation Park is a showcase of evolving approaches to integrated design which includes the use of passive technology and ecosystem services.
The field visit to CAT covered a comprehensive approach to all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.
CAT has the largest range of installed renewable systems in UK: photovoltaics; solar thermal; a micro-grid; off-grid and grid-connected systems; biomass combined heat and power (CHP); hydro; air source heat pumps; wind turbines; reed bed systems, off-mains water supply, and organic gardens.
The aim of the visit was to enhance students' knowledge and vocational skills that are becoming increasingly important in the architectural industry; and to explore the theory and practice of renewable energy technologies with special reference to the built environment.