Event puts focus on sustainability

Landscape and construction industries acknowledge need to work together.

Hundreds of leading construction and landscape professionals were shown the importance of sustainability at Pinnacle Live — a one-day event held in Cardiff and broadcast by satellite to other venues across the country. Organised by the Knowledge Exploitation Fund of the Welsh Assembly Government, Pinnacle took place last week to stress the importance of sustainability in landscaping and construction. Guest speaker and director of Wales’ Sustainable Constructed Environments Project David Skidmore said the highlight of the day was seeing the landscape and construction industries acknowledging the need to work together. He said: “It was very good because landscapers were going to sessions on planning and photovoltaics and found it very useful — they realised that they could incorporate it all into their designs.” Representative Colin King of the Building Research Establishment gave a presentation to landscape architects and construction professionals alike on sustainable refurbishment. Leading academics Professor Stuart Irvine of Bangor university and Professor Keith Williams of Cardiff University also gave lectures about solar energy and waste treatment technologies. The day also saw the launch of the Sustainable Constructed Environments Project’s website, www.besussed.org — which features tips on sustainability for people in both industries. Skidmore said: “Landscape construction is integral to the formation of sustainable communities. However, it is a major producer of waste, and is a high energy user. “It is essential that the industry progresses towards sustainability as soon as possible through using new technologies and materials and optimal design. This will come through knowledge transfer to business and training.” On the back of the event, a series of courses will be produced to further help “move the landscape industry forward”.

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