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Press Release - 09 April 2008

Bath Science Café: Low carbon houses – a future for our children

Low carbon housing will benefit the future climate and change our everyday lifestyles, says Bill Gething, who will speak at the next Bath Science Café (7.30pm, Monday 14 April in The Raven pub, Queen Street).

Some buildings in recent times are very energy wasteful. New commercial buildings have a 'first lifetime' of 30 years, after which energy systems will unavoidably need an expensive upgrade.

Instead, some architects and designers suggest demolishing the old constructions and starting again, with buildings that will last longer and run more economically.

"A super insulated home with air heat exchange can get by on an annual gas bill for heating of less than a tenner," said Mr Gething from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, a visiting lecturer in the University of Bath’s Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering.

"However, a wide range of issues emerge as designers develop proposals for low carbon homes in practice."

Professor Gething’s talk will include the following topics: prefabrication and its relationship to low and high thermal mass construction; renewables and the on site/off-site debate; the future climate and how this affects the way we design our buildings; and the drive towards lower water consumption and how the market is responding.

The talk will be held in The Raven pub in Queen Street in the centre of town. No tickets or reservations are required - just turn up at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Organisers will ask for a small voluntary donation to cover travel costs for the speakers. The next Bath Science Café event: CO2 and cars: what's the problem? will be on Monday 12 May.

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