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Sustainable Construction in an era of climate change

Dr Dan Maskell and Dr Aoife Houlihan Wiberg will explore the latest research in sustainable construction and how it might shape the future of Bath.

  • 14 Jun 2023, 6.00pm to 14 Jun 2023, 7.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • The Mission Theatre, Bath, United Kingdom
  • This event is free
A row of old stone buildings from Bath covered in ivy with trees and grass. In the grass is written 'should this be Bath's future?'.
How can we build sustainably in an era of climate change?

Welcome to the future of Bath, a city that is fully embracing regenerative design principles to create a thriving, sustainable and climate resilient community which also enhances biodiversity. Imagine walking through the streets of Bath and seeing carbon neutral buildings covered in greenery, powered by renewable energy sources, and designed to blend seamlessly with the natural environment.

In this future, Bath has become a beacon of climate resilient, regenerative sustainable design, inspiring cities around the world to follow its lead. Buildings are constructed using regenerative carbon neutral materials like hempcrete and mycelium, which not only reduce embodied carbon emissions but also actively sequesters carbon from the atmosphere. Rooftops, walls and vacant spaces are covered in vegetation, creating "living" buildings and pocket parks that provide habitat for local wildlife and urban green lungs which improve air quality, as well as the health & wellbeing of its citizens. In this future, Bath has also prioritized walkability and active transportation. The city has a comprehensive network of bike lanes and pedestrian pathways, making it easy and safe for people to get around without relying on cars. The city has also implemented a car-sharing programme powered by renewable energy, which reduces traffic congestion and makes it easier for residents to access transportation when they need it.

But Bath doesn't just focus on reducing its impact on the environment and adaptation to a changing climate – but it also actively works to regenerate the local ecosystem. The city has restored natural habitats like wetlands and forests, creating a healthier environment for wildlife and improving the quality of the local water supply.

In this future, Bath is a city that works with nature instead of against it, creating a truly regenerative community that benefits both people and the planet. It's a place where residents and visitors alike can live, work, and play in a way that is truly sustainable and fulfilling.

So, let's work together to make this future a reality. By prioritizing climate resilient regenerative design principles which enhance biodiversity and investing in sustainable technologies and carbon neutral materials, we can create a world that is not only liveable but thriving for generations to come.

At this event Dr Dan Maskell and Dr Aoife Houlihan Wiberg will explore the latest research in sustainable construction and how it might shape the future of Bath.


The Mission Theatre, Bath.

The Mission Theatre 32 Corn Street Bath BA1 1UF United Kingdom

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