Following the remarkable success of the first international Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme, the Welsh School of Architecture is hosting its second LCASP from 2 to 16 August 2014 with the dedicated theme of 'Sustainable Built Environments'.
The built environment includes new buildings, existing buildings and the infrastructure that supports them. Both, the built environment and the infrastructure including transport, water and sewage, waste, green and blue spaces and energy supply consume massive amounts of energy. This could be reduced at all scales of the built environment from component to building to neighbourhood to city to region if planned strategically. Creating sustainable built environments enhances people's comfort and wellbeing besides reducing harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through efficient use of resources including energy, water and waste. Sustainable built environments should be designed flexibly to adapt to future needs and growth. They should also be designed to be resilience to the momentous and rapidly evolving effects of climate change. The current sustainability agenda raises the significance of sustainable built environments in line with the targets set by the global environmental and energy agenda.
People spend most of their lives in and around buildings, where they enjoy the comfort and utilities which they provide. These benefits are created with various implications. The planning and siting of buildings, their configuration, the materials incorporated, the services they include, and the way they are managed have impact on the sustainability of the global resources, on the conservation of the natural environment, and on the occupants' wellbeing and productivity. This trade-off between immediate local advantage and longer term sustainability reflects a serious responsibility on designers. Designers and planners must learn to create improved built environments in ways that minimise their wider global impact.
The Welsh School of Architecture as one of the top Schools of architecture in the UK, is acknowledged for its holistic approach to sustainable design which embraces all elements of the built environment. The School is acknowledged as a world leader in the research and development of sustainable building design and performance. Building on the broad body of knowledge and the wealth of experience within the WSA, LCASP 2014 will introduce participants to a range of subjects, from urban considerations of planning to technical design of fabric and systems for sustainable built environments. It aims to provide appropriate training to participants emphasising a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of the built environment.
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