Low Carbon Design of the Built Environment
Following the remarkable success of the three past international Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programmes, the Welsh School of Architecture is hosting its fourth LCASP from 9th July to 23rd July 2016 with the dedicated theme of ‘Low Carbon Design of the Built Environment’.
The Welsh School of Architecture, being one of the top Schools of architecture in the UK, 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 2016 will introduce participants to a range of subjects, from urban planning considerations to technical design of fabric and energy systems for sustainable built environments. LCASP aims to provide appropriate training to participants emphasising a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of the built environment.
The current sustainability agenda raises the significance of sustainable built environments in line with the targets set by the global environmental and energy agenda. Buildings and the infrastructure that supports them, including transport, water and sewage, waste, green and blue spaces and energy supply consume large amounts of energy. This could be reduced at all building scales – 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. Such environments should be designed flexibly to adapt to future needs and growth. They should also be designed to be resilient to the momentous and rapidly evolving effects of climate change.
People spend most of their lives in and around buildings, enjoying the comfort and amenities which they provide. Yet, 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, who are expected to be able to create improved built environments in ways that minimise their wider global impact.
The LCASP is a unique training programme that facilitates a full learning experience to its participants. The programme is designed to include thematic lectures and workshops delivered by the WSA academic staff and external practitioners and architects. Field visits contribute significantly to the learning experience as participants have a unique opportunity to learn from real life case studies and state-of-the-art low carbon and sustainable projects in the UK. The programme integrates the learning from lectures and field visits into the project work undertaken in groups and presented on the final day.