Webinars@SocEnv: A Sustainable Built Environment | Part 2
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Webinars@SocEnv: A Sustainable Built Environment | Part 2

When: Thursday, 27 February 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm GMT
Where: Society for the Environment Webinar
United Kingdom
Contact: Phil Underwood
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Part two of a three part series focused on the topic of "A Sustainable Built Environment". This webinar series continues our cross-disciplinary, knowledge sharing, expert led webinars designed to provide good practice case studies and insight into key topics from a range of sectors - providing different perspectives, but all with the goal of protecting and enhancing our environment. 

The series titled A Sustainable Built Environment is the fourth Webinars@SocEnv series, and the third to provide cross-sector insights on an topical umbrella webinar theme (series one looked at Why and How to Become a CEnv / REnvTech). Each webinar speaker across all series are registered as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) or directly linked to their work. 

Part two will comprise of Chartered Environmentalist, Andrew D Thompson FRICS, Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying at Anglia Ruskin University, alongside two esteemed colleagues on his team will provide insight into healthy homes and buildings, sustainable drainage systems (SuDs), the importance of professional doctorate research and the resilience of the built environment to disaster events. A multifaceted set of talks in one webinar, with plenty of knowledge for the audience to take on board and discuss. Each speaker will provide insight into their sub-topics, followed by participating in a question and answer session with the audience to conclude. This is your chance to ask the expert - or indeed offer an alternative solution.

To find out more about the speakers and their talks, and/or to listen and participate for free on Thursday 27th February 2020 (12:00 - 13:00 BST), please keep reading. 

Talk #1:

Laying the foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings

This section will give an overview of the growing importance of healthy homes and buildings seeking to explain why chartered environmentalist need adopt a wider sustainable development view of professional practice. This presentation will argue that the battle for society is at the bottom housing tier with the need to raise up the many out of unfitness rather than creating dream homes for the wealthy.   This section will also explain how practitioners can undertake research via a professional doctorate (DProf) balancing a career whilst being a researcher.

Andrew D Thompson CEnv FRICS - Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying, Anglia Ruskin University

Andrew is a Chartered Environmental Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist with a specialist background in the impact of development upon neighbouring buildings.  Until 2019 he was a private sector consultant working on major city development schemes across the UK.  He is currently undertaking his DProf research investigating the minimum fitness standards for human habitation of homes.

Anglia Ruskin University: www.aru.ac.uk

Talk #2:

Resilience-informed Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Management: A Multi-objective Problem

The necessity of incorporating a resilience-informed approach into urban planning decision making is felt more than any time, particularly in low and middle income countries. The effective SuDS design and implementation requires a multi-objective approach by which not only all four pillars of SuDS design (i.e., water quality, water quantity, amenity and biodiversity) are considered, but other urban, social, and economic aspects and constraints are addressed as well. This study presents a resilience-driven multi-objective optimisation approach aiming to provide a Pareto-front of optimised solutions for effective incorporation of SuDS into (peri)urban planning in a case study in Brazil. This model adopted the SuDS’s two pillars of water quality and water quantify as the optimisation objectives with its level of spatial distribution as decision variables. Also, a Quality of Life (QoL) index is introduced to assess the optimal engineering solutions to encompass the amenity and biodiversity pillars of SuDS.

Dr Maryam Imani - Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering (Water Systems Engineering), Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Maryam Imani is a Civil Engineer with expertise in water systems engineering. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Essex, where she has worked on different research projects on infrastructure resilience over the past few years. Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University she worked as a research fellow in Centre for Water Systems (CWS) at the University of Exeter and was involved in different research projects in that centre. Maryam’s research interests are focused on water and wastewater infrastructure resilience/interdependencies/optimisation and also applications of the artificial intelligences in water systems engineering.

Relevant Research: aru.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/science-and-engineering

Talk #3:

From Earthquakes to Floods – The Challenge of Improving the Resilience of the Built Environment to Disaster Events

As future cities become larger and ever more densely populated the impacts that natural and manmade disasters on the resilience of city communities will become more extreme. Reducing disaster risks on communities requires the collective efforts of those the stakeholders responsible for managing the existing built environment. From policy makers, through architects and engineers to property owners and facilities managers; all have a role to play in improving community resilience.  This presentation will explore the challenges that these stakeholders face and present a Resilience Assessment and Improvement Framework that has been developed as a business tool to help engineers and built asset managers evaluate their organisations expose to a range of natural and manmade disaster events and to assess the potential that a range of mitigation and adaptation techniques have to reduce vulnerability and/or improve resilience. This in turn will aid community resilience and enhance speed of recovery.

Professor Keith Jones - Professor of Facilities Management, Anglia Ruskin University

Keith obtained a PhD from the Department of Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University for study of the bonding mechanism between reinforcing steel and concrete in a tensile lapped splice joint. Keith became the Reader in Sustainable Buildings in 2002 and a Professor in Facilities Management in 2007. Keith’s expertise covers a range built environment and management issues including: sustainability analyses of existing social, economic and technical systems within the built environment; drivers and barriers to adaptation/mitigation of existing built assets to climate change; design and development of new sustainable systems/practices for built asset management; impacts of natural and manmade disasters (including climate change) on the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of local communities (people, business and planners); occupant behaviour and carbon reduction; public engagement in sustainable living; and innovation change management in the built environment.

Relevant Researcharu.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/science-and-engineering

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