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Making Wales a world leader in sustainable building

30 June 2007

The Welsh construction industry can benefit from working with academic researchers in a new partnership to deliver world class environmentally-friendly developments.

The Welsh Assembly’s Knowledge Exploitation Fund has funded the creation of Construction Knowledge Wales, a network to promote sustainability within the construction industry. It will be formally launched in North and South Wales next week.

The network will bring together industry and research to utilise the knowledge base present in Wales, spreading best practice about sustainable development within the construction sector. It will also bridge the gap between industry needs and the academic sector, helping to set future research priorities that are driven by the industry.

The network is managed by the Centre for Research in the Built Environment (CRiBE) part of the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. The Centre’s primary aim is effective and sustainable design, construction and management of the build environment. The network now has 12 academic partners and six industrial experts. The academic partners offer a range of expertise, including renewable materials, electricity generation, waste management and environmental conservation.

Lara Hopkinson of CRiBE, who is managing the network, said: "Sustainability is now one of the highest priorities on any new development project. Construction Knowledge Wales will enable the industry to draw upon the latest academic thinking and create high-quality modern buildings which enhance the Welsh built environment."

Knowledge Construction Wales will launch in South Wales on Monday, June 25 at the Eco-Building in Cwmbran. The North Wales launch takes place on Thursday, June 28 at Optic Technium, St Asaph Business Park. Both events will give an overview of the Network, together with case studies showing practical application of sustainable construction techniques.


Notes to Editors:

Construction Knowledge Wales

Construction Knowledge Wales is a Technology Transfer Network funded by the Welsh Assembly’s Knowledge Exploitation Fund. The academic project partners are the Centre for Research in the Built Environment, Cardiff University; Centre for Research in Energy, Waste and the Environment, Cardiff University; Centre for Engineering Research and Environmental Applications, University of Glamorgan; the Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University; Wales Waste and Resources Research Centre; Welsh College of Horticulture; Wrexham Business School; Centre for Business Research, Bangor University; Welsh Institute for Research into Co-operatives, UWIC; Department of Geography, Swansea University; The Innovation Centre, Pembrokeshire College; School of the Built and Natural Environment, Swansea Institute of Higher Education. The industry partners are Constructing Excellence Wales, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, CITB-ConstructionSkills, BRE Wales, Fforwm Tirlun and the Royal Society of Architects in Wales.

Welsh Assembly Government Knowledge Exploitation Fund

The Knowledge Exploitation Fund (KEF) provides financial assistance to enable Higher and Further Education Institutions in Wales to create a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, develop the skills of staff and students within their institutions, and facilitate the transfer of knowledge to industry.

KEF is managed by the Welsh Assembly Government's Department for the Economy and Transport, and is financially supported by both the Welsh Assembly Government and European Union Structural Funds.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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