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Cities and Built Environment

December 2011 Activities


Across the Cities and Built Environment this December well be focusing on existing buildings with a look at the winner of the US Environmental Protection Agencys 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition winner, retrofitting automated metering and low energy refits in multi-tenant spaces. Well also be exploring smart grids and how they can help improve the sustainability of large-scale temperature-controlled logistics facilities.

Thought Leadership

Throughout November, well have blog posts from our regular line up of contributors including Robert de Jong from the Urban Land Institute, as well as posts from Tim Dixon of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development on low carbon plans and strategies of UK cities and Joe Peach who will be looking at urban design and planning.

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The Value of Green Workplaces for Occupiers

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The Urban Land Institute is championing building energy efficiency through the LessEn initiative. In the coming months its undertaking a collaborative research project to define a number of things such as: do energy efficient workplaces have a demonstrable impact on commercial property values; and what are the future trends in energy efficient workplace values? In December well bring you more on the project together with the opportunity to take part in the research via an online survey.

Cities and Built Environment


December 2011 Activities

The Battle of the Buildings: learn how to cut your buildings energy use by 63%

In November the University of Central Florida (UCF) was announced the winner of the US Environmental Protection Agencys 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition. In this webinar, UCF will explain how they managed to cut the energy consumption of the parking garage on the universitys main campus by 63.2% and how they decided on the technologies and

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approach they took. Well also hear about some of the headline trends among the other top competitors.

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2degrees Essentials: Behavior change in the workplace

A significant portion of a buildings energy use is related to how the occupants use it - more than half in some cases. This month well be publishing the latest installment in the 2degrees Essentials series with a guide on behavior change and how it impacts on building energy efficiency. This is an exciting field and although significant gains have been made in the last three decades, its still very much evolving. The aim of this guide is to provide an introduction to the topic for property managers, design teams, landlords, tenants and developers. It will be

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followed up in January with a webinar.

Automated Metering: How, why where and when?

Automated metering is claimed to offer guaranteed reductions in base-building energy use of at least 10% by offering, amongst other things, comprehensive data reporting and identifying energy saving opportunities quickly. This webinar will explore the drivers and business case for implementing automated metering, how they are bringing together the various parties in the building

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to make it work and some of the technical challenges faced by landlords.

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Cities and Built Environment


December 2011 Activities

Food, Drink and the Smart Grid

What does the smart grid have to do with food and drink? Find out in this webinar which focuses on the potential for reducing the energy consumption of large scale temperature controlled logistics facilities and smaller supermarket refrigeration. Well explore why such facilities are a target for smart grid technologies, take a look at load shifting and shedding strategies, how to predict load characteristics, and the potential for

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incorporating renewables into the energy supply.

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Discussion: How can Local Authorities Prepare for the Green Deal?
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The UKs governments Green Deal is the backbone of its plan to retrofit 26 million homes with energy-saving measures by 2030. How are local authorities preparing for its introduction?

2degrees Summit
How to Solve Your Sustainable Business Challenges by Engaging your Stakeholders TUESDAY JANUARY 24
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This is a Summit with a difference: bring a challenge, work with your peers, leave with an answer. It is a high-energy workshop event for business people serious about sustainability. You will share challenges and experiences with like-minded professionals; learn how others have successfully engaged stakeholder groups to make change happen; attend challenging roundtable discussions matched to your needs; and get a followup pack with key contacts and a action plan for your organization Those attending include senior managers from B&Q, Adidas, Nike, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, The Cooperative, Marks and Spencer, Virgin, Anglian Water, Eurostar, Seachill, Ginsters, Unicef, Premier Foods, Arla, GSK, Diageo, DHL, Dairy Crest, Sita, Philips, IBM, Orange, The Body Shop, Kraft, SC Johnson, AkzoNobel, and many many more. Interested? You can register through the Summit website or by calling Chris at 2degrees HQ on +44 (0)1865 597653

Cities and Built Environment


December 2011 Activities

Coming up next month


In January we will be taking a look at specifying and procuring sustainable building materials and products as well as exploring whole house low energy refurbishment and how the UKs Green Deal aims to transform the countrys existing housing stock. Also be on the lookout for the following activities in the coming months: o o o A look at the different approaches to creating transition towns Climate change mitigation in cities Water and the smart grid