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Biodiversity takes centre stage as construction begins at Villages Nature

Following a decade of using the One Planet Principles through its design and planning stages, construction has started on-site at Villages Nature – an exciting, large scale family tourism project 20 miles east of Paris.

In 2013, this Euro Disney and Groupe Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs model for sustainable mass tourism became an endorsed One Planet Community; part of which includes a commitment to protect biodiversity and create new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment.

Villages Nature are implementing a ‘Charte Chantier Vert’ (Green construction site charter) with all of their contractors to minimise the impact of the construction on-site; outlining their requirements in terms of training, reporting and waste and energy management. As part of their first Annual Review, Bioregional toured the site in November and was equally impressed by the results of the biodiversity work and the site of the lakes slowly filling up.

In order to protect the most environmentally sensitive areas small barriers have been erected and habitat for reptiles created. Initial results of species counts suggest that there has been no significant change in the number of species observed on site in 2010-11 and in 2014 (61 in 2010-11 and 66 in 2014), despite construction commencing. The lake is a clear example in the forward planning to minimise the impact of the project. It has been calculated that two winters of rain will be required to fill all the lakes on site, and so only rainwater will be used to fill the 150,000m3 of lakes!

Welcome to One Planet City – a photographic journey around Brighton and Hove

Visitors will be treated to a unique photographic journey around Brighton and Hove from next month, thanks to not-for-profit social enterprise, FotoDocument, and arts education organisation, Photoworks.

The One Planet City Exhibition will showcase ten emerging and established photographers who have been commissioned to create a series of ten photo essays based on Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living.

Each essay will be made up of a series of images installed in one of Brighton and Hove’s iconic locations. The exhibition is being officially opened at the Brighton Dome Cafe Bar on Sunday 5th October at 10.30am as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial. Other locations taking part in the One Planet City exhibition include Brighton Railway station, the newly refurbished Open Market in London Road, the Amex Community Football Stadium, Hove Promenade and Foredown Tower in Portslade among others.

One Planet Living is a global initiative based on ten principles which enables people to live, work and do business within the natural limits of the planet, and is being used all around the world by communities, businesses and local authorities. Brighton and Hove was declared the world’s first One Planet Living city in 2013 and since then, partners and agencies have been working together to boost the local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and develop a more equal and healthy city.

The One Planet City Exhibition is part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, an ambitious, bold and innovative festival of international photography. One Planet City will stay in place until 31st July 2015.

Nina Emett, Founding Director of FotoDocument said “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to deliver our One Planet City photography project from concept to production through to installation. It has been a truly collaborative process in every sense working with a range of committed partner organisations and individuals who have collectively contributed their resources, ideas, knowledge and skills to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The photo essays have been produced by a group of outstanding photographers who have invested great care and time into producing a high quality product and the results are very exciting.”

Bioregional’s Sue Riddlestone  said “The Fotodocument exhibition is a real work of art. The images capture incredible scenes and really demonstrate the people-power behind sustainable living. This exhibition is a true testament to the ambition and achievement of Brighton and Hove as a One Planet City.“

For more information go to http://fotodocument.org/project/one-planet-city

A greener vision for Fishermen’s Bend, Australia

Located less than three kilometres from Melbourne’s central business district (CBD), the proposed renewal of the Fishermans Bend precinct has to be one of the most exciting development projects in Australian history.The Victorian Government has outlined a ‘Draft Vision’ for the redevelopment of four key precinct areas – Montague, Sandridge, Lorimer and Wirraway – as an extension of Melbourne’s CBD to the southwest. The vision for the proposed redevelopment layouts a blueprint for the conversion of low intensity industrial land into a thriving network of inner urban villages between the CBD and the bay over the next 30 to 50 years.

To put it in perspective the renewal of 250 hectares in Fishermans Bend makes the redevelopment of other key Melbourne precincts such as E-Gate, the Docklands and Southbank seem relatively small in comparison. It will also dwarf the 22-hectare redevelopment of Sydney’s iconic Barangaroo Precinct.

The plan, linked to the proposed Metro Plan for Greater Melbourne, has identified environmental sustainability as a key component for the renewal of the precinct. Unfortunately the state government’s ambition is to only redevelop about half of the existing industrial and commercial area.

With the key driver for the project being to help stimulate economic growth for the Victorian economy, whilst enhancing Melbourne’s status as the most liveable city in the world. By 2050 it is expected to provide accommodation for over 80,000 people and up to 40,000 new jobs.

Are we missing a trick, by not incorporating the existing industrial precinct located to the north of the West Gate Freeway as part of the master-planning process for the renewal of the Fishermans Bend Precinct?

A working group, put together by the Australian Conservation Foundation, has plans that are bigger than the four key precincts proposed for renewal. The working group, who consists of key landowners and tenants, leading manufacturing companies, representatives from both the City of Port Phillip and the City of Melbourne, as well as experts from Co-Design Studio and BioRegional Australia, believes that an integrated approach to the whole of the Fishermans Bend Precinct is required.

The vision created by the group applies the principles of One Planet Living – a global initiative based on the concept of thriving regional economies where most needs are met from local, renewable and waste resources, enabling people to live a high quality of life using minimal amounts of the earth’s resources. In this crucial planning phase, now is the perfect time to re-envisage Fishermans Bend as a working industrial area that reconnects productivity with people and the environment.

The Property Council identified key concerns in their response to the state governments Draft Vision. Acting on behalf of their members the PCA identified a range of key issues that should be addressed and identified a few recommendations – these included:

  • Revise the design guidelines to allow more flexibility to accommodate greater opportunity for innovation
  • Develop an employment creation strategy that will attract investment to the precinct
  • Research the potential of implementing cluster strategies to attract innovative industries to the area
  • Research the viability of precinct wide sustainability initiatives
  • Establish sustainable stakeholder partnerships to deliver sustainability outcomes more effectively

The team at the ACF has started conversations with some of Australia’s leading manufacturing companies, whose operations lie within the Fishermans Bend precinct about applying the concept of industrial ecology to their operations.

The concept looks at how consumption cycles between compatible businesses can be efficiently integrated to minimise waste and maximise productivity – one company’s waste becomes another company’s product. Imagine a closed loop system, similar to that envisioned by the team that came up with Z-Squared in London, that draws upon the ambitious environmental commitments of the Port of Melbourne, Boeing and News Corp and redefines the way they do business so they can better mimic natural ecological systems.

Interface Carpeting nicely illustrates the effective implementation of industrial ecology processes. As the world’s leading manufacturer of modular carpets they saw a dramatic increase in financial return whilst tackling their environmental footprint.  Since the 1990’s, while increasing their production, the company cut waste to landfill by two-thirds, reduced energy use by half and water intake by 71 per cent.

Scale these results up to an entire industrial site, and suddenly, Melbourne could have the world’s first ‘future industry precinct’, right on the doorstep of the CBD. By retrofitting existing buildings and spaces and incorporating a number of eco-initiatives, such as green roofs, permeable pavements and solar heating, we could begin to see rapidly improved outcomes for environmental, financial and human wellbeing.

Fail to take up the opportunity and we may well find ourselves being left behind, not only loosing Melbourne’s status as the world’s most liveable city, but seeing a direct impact on productivity and our ability to attract investment to the state.

Landmark projects around the world are already expanding the envelope of possibilities for technology, and design for sustainability and human wellbeing. Masdar City has highlighted the benefits of combining world leading research and development (through the Masdar University and its Renewables Institute – a clean cluster approach), with links to companies that convert these breakthroughs into commercially viable products, while being located in close proximity to one of the most sustainable urban places to live in the world.

Victoria has the knowledge, the technology and the experience to be a world leader in the future of industrial development with the Fishermans Bend precinct. If the opportunity eventuates this project could provide a prototype for sustainable urban living throughout the world, help attract investment to the state of Victoria and enhance Melbourne’s reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

B&Q One Planet Home on track to hit more than 70% of its sustainability targets

B&Q One Planet Home, annual sustainability review, 2013/14

The UKs largest home improvement retailer, B&Q is on track to hit more than 70% of its challenging sustainability targets, according to the 2013/14 review of performance by Bioregional. Since 2007, B&Q’s One Planet Home programme has found ways to reduce the impacts of its own operations as well as by finding ways to help customers make their homes more sustainable. The aim of the annual report is to review the progress B&Q has made towards its One Planet Home commitments, highlighting both achievements and areas where progress has been more challenging. In two areas – cutting carbon emissions from business travel and reducing employee time lost due to accidents – B&Q has exceeded the agreed targets or is on course to meet them well before the set deadline. Finding alternative solutions for bedding plant products was identified as a focus for product development, supporting a number of One Planet Home principles including Zero Waste, Natural Habitats and Wildlife and Sustainable Packaging. In the autumn of 2013, Bioregional was invited to take a sneak preview at B&Q’s biggest product innovation to date – easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™ and in April 2014, we were delighted to see it appear on the shelves.

easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™ has reduced peat use by 95-99% across c.140milion bedding plants and replaced 22,500 cubic metres of polystyrene which placed end to end, would stretch from Land’s End to John O’Groats. easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™ is also helping to reduce costs and carbon emissions by reducing packaging volume by 50%, enabling a 30% improvement in logistical efficiency.

Matt Sexton, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at B&Q, said: “At our inaugural growers summit we laid down the challenge that we wanted to be finally out of peat and polystyrene in bedding plants, following years of trialling different forms of packaging and tinkering with lower peat formulations. The solution was easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™, a remarkable innovation.”

Other achievements included in the Sustainability Review 2012/13 are:

  • 100% responsibly sourced timber in all products
  • Over 17,000 staff trained in One Planet Home
  • B&Q Energy Saving made 5,000 homes more energy efficient by installing boilers, controls and full heating systems
  • £750,000 donated to nominated charities
  • 72 range sustainability ratings completed; an internal mechanism to deliver product improvements and supply chain improvements on ethical and environmental issues

Good Woods, a partnership between B&Q, Bioregional and The Sylva Foundation celebrated a number of successes: 10,900 hectares of previously unmanaged woodland now has a sustainable management vision and 300 woodland owners have received a Woodland Star Rating, assessing the ecosystem service benefits of woodlands to wider society

But any ambitious sustainability plan will face challenges along the way and this is true of B&Qs commitment to make the deep cuts in carbon emissions. Reductions have plateaued in recent years, despite having come down by an impressive 97,000 tonnes or 31% in 2013/14, compared to the 2006 baseline. To hit the target of zero carbon stores by 2023, firm investment plans are needed.

Looking further afield at B&Q’s supply chain of over 400 suppliers at tier 1 alone, there is still the potential to improve ethical and environmental standards. easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™ is a great example of an initiative that addressed many areas of sustainability, an approach that we hope to see replicated across other major supply chains in the coming years.

Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive and Co-founder of Bioregional, said:“B&Q still remains one of the few retailers with an operational carbon reduction goal that is in line with climate science. Bioregional is proud to work alongside a team which strives to work within planetary boundaries and achieve the stretching targets set out in this One Planet Home report.”

Pioneering Brighton project raises the sustainability bar to a new high

A major eco-development in Brighton’s city centre has succeeded in setting high environmental, social and commercial standards, according to an in-depth review.

Crest Nicholson and Bioregional Quintain’s One Brighton complex of 172 apartments plus office is saving its residents money, giving them a greener, healthier lifestyle and significantly reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and water consumption.

But the ambitious development also turned a profit despite going on sale during the depths of the recession. And it provided dozens of affordable new homes in one of the most expensive UK housing markets outside of London.

In his foreword to the 40-page review, Crest Nicholson Chief Executive Stephen Stone says: “Working with willing partners we have been able to really push the boundaries of housing delivery to create not only a great place to live for our customers, but also achieve value for wider society, the environment, and our business. One Brighton provides an enduring legacy.”

Bioregional’s Sue Riddlestone says: “One Brighton is a new benchmark for the UK and internationally. Emerging from the lessons of BedZED, it is the first One Planet Community to have been constructed in a growing international network of communities rising to the challenge of One Planet Living.”

The development close to Brighton’s mainline station consists of two blocks of 12 and 8 storeys, with 31% of its apartments allocated for shared equity or social housing. A further 11% were built as low-cost “Eco-Studios” offering people a first rung on the housing ladder. All the for-sale homes were sold successfully despite the building being completed in 2009 as the post-credit crunch recession deepened. One Brighton built on the lessons learned from the pioneering BedZED eco-village of 100 homes in Sutton, south London, developed by housing association Peabody in partnership with sustainability charity BioRegional.

Bioregional used that experience to map out ten One Planet principles for sustainable living. These were then used to draw up a One Planet Action Plan covering all phases of One Brighton’s life – from early design and planning through construction into occupation. This action plan underpins its status as a One Planet Community, the first in a growing global family, and sets a range of challenging targets. It also includes regular reviews of progress. The document BioRegional is publishing today constitutes its first major review, setting out performance against challenging One Planet targets set for 2020 and lessons learned.

Among the headline results are:

  • Successful planning consent and marketing of UK’s largest private car free development
  • Pouring of greenest concrete frame in UK – post-tensioned concrete comprising 50% ground granulated blast furnace slag and use of 100% secondary aggregates
  • A 67% reduction in operational carbon emissions compared to the UK’s existing housing stock, with good potential to achieve a reduction of 89% by 2020, approaching the (near) Zero Carbon target for One Planet Communities.
  • Successful introduction of the first designed-in rooftop mini-allotments, inspiring the local planning authority to introduce an award-winning Planning Advisory Note on Food and Planning

One resident is quoted as saying: “My husband and I moved into One Brighton, sold our cars and adopted a healthier lifestyle. In 18 months we lost 35 kg between us.”

The highly insulated, triple glazed building designed with architects Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios and built by Denne under a design and build contract is heated by woodfuel pellets. Its electricity is sourced from a green power provider through its own energy services company. The review, which includes an in-depth assessment of One Brighton’s lifecycle carbon emissions, is available here along with a four page summary. The life cycle analysis by eTool is also available.

Euro Disney with Pierre & Vacances launch new eco-tourism destination

X One Planet CommunityX One Planet LivingX One Planet Living worldwideX Singita Serengetone Villages Nature, a major new holiday destination being built on the doorstep of Paris has become the latest designated One Planet Community, thanks to its pioneering approach to sustainability and environmental protection. This new holiday destination is a 50/50 joint venture of the groups Euro Disney S.C.A. and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs. The initial phase of Villages Nature, which is due to open in 2016, will involve the construction of 916 cottages and apartments. All of its heating needs will be met by zero carbon geothermal heat from an aquifer buried one mile below it; that includes giant, year-round indoor and outdoor water parks.

Working with Bioregional, Villages Nature’s developers have prepared an indepth One Planet action plan. Going on holiday can mean big eco-impacts, much greater than those of ordinary day-to-day life. Combining ease of access, proximity to Paris and use of a local renewable energy source, Villages Nature will help families to radically reduce those impacts.That is why BioRegional has endorsed the completed action plan, allowing Villages Nature to join the growing family of nine One Planet Communities across Europe, North America, Africa and Australia. Villages Nature is near two railway stations, one served by France’s high speed train network, so holiday-makers can arrive by a relatively low-carbon mode instead of flying in or using their cars. The target is for one third of them to get there by public transport, and for all those who do come by car to use bus or train to visit Paris, Euro Disney and other nearby attractions. Close to France’s capital in the populous Ile de France region, it offers millions of people the opportunity of a holiday close to nature and water within a few dozen miles of their homes instead of having to travel hundreds or thousands of miles. But whether they come from near or far, Villages Nature’s visitors will enjoy beautiful, car-free surroundings with the holiday homes sited amid 259 hectares of woods, gardens, lakes and ponds and sustainability planned in from the start.

Among its many goals, the plan sets out to:

  • cut water consumption
  • curb waste and carbon emissions
  • protect and enhance wildlife and biodiversity
  • provide outlets for local farmers and growers in restaurants and a farmers’ market 
  • boost the local economy, creating 900 direct jobs and a further 2,700 indirect and induced jobs in the first stage.

Bioregional’s Sue Riddlestone said:

“Villages Nature is set to make a real breakthrough; actually showing what scaled-up sustainable tourism and holidays can look like in reality. It’s a truly massive investment, and after years of helping with this action plan we’re more than happy to endorse Villages Nature as a new One Planet Community.”

Company Managing Director Dominique Cocquet describes the initiative as a “destination for short and medium-length stays devoted to reconnecting, recharging and celebrating life in all its forms, that will delight Europeans looking for a new vacation experience in an amazing setting.”

Singita Grumeti gains One Planet Living status

One of the planet’s most inspiring and extraordinary wildlife sites is now a designated a One Planet Community, with a sustainability action plan which puts it on course for ‘One Planet Living’. The plan covers the Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecoystem at the heart of a spectacular annual migration of two million wildebeest. Leading conservation and tourism group Singita is developing low impact, upmarket tourism there, with the aim of managing the land sustainably, protecting and enhancing the savannah wildlife and providing employment and better living standards for thousands of local people.

Around the world more than a dozen businesses, municipalities and new developments have agreed One Planet Action Plans, with more in preparation. But this one is unique in that it covers one of the world’s best hotel experiences and one of its greatest wildlife sites in the heart of Africa. Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive of BioRegional, said: “By embracing One Planet Living, Singita Grumeti is setting a new standard in sustainable tourism and conservation and creating a more positive future for local people, wildlife and those fortunate enough to be guests. We’re thrilled to be working with Singita Grumeti to create a global exemplar of sustainable development in the heart of Africa.”

Mark Witney, Chief Operating Office of Singita said: “Singita has always been a world leader in conservation tourism and One Planet Living provides us with a logical next step. The One Planet framework has enabled us to develop an action plan that provides clear visions and targets that are easily understood and communicated to staff and guests alike. Like other One Planet action plans, this one sets challenging but attainable targets across the 10 One Planet Living principles, from zero carbon to sustainable transport and food to health and happiness.

Wildlife on the Grumeti Lands had suffered from years of poaching, bush meat hunting and unsustainable land management. In 2002, the Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund, a not-for-profit organisation backed by US philanthropist and financier Paul Tudor Jones II, was granted the right to manage and conserve these 350,000 acres for the benefit of Tanzania, Africa and the world.

Four years later, Singita was asked to come in and use low impact tourism development to generate the funds needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the reserve through conservation and community partnerships. Thanks to a dedicated team of 150 people protecting and monitoring the wildlife, and managing the land, poaching has been curtailed. The barren plains of ten years ago have been restored to full wildlife carrying capacity. All the commercially available hunting rights are purchased in order to prevent any hunting on the reserve. The great herds are once again lingering in this region during their 500-mile long migration. The operation now provides sustainable employment for over 750 local people as conservation and hospitality staff, with benefits for surrounding communities and plans for further growth.The One Planet Action Plan covers all new construction and existing operations, and a building currently under construction will be the first LEED accredited buildings in the region (LEED is the environmental and energy efficiency rating system developed by the US Green Building Council). The Action Plan also maps out how the five existing properties on the reserve and their support infrastructure will be shifted to 100% renewable energy, virtually zero waste and significantly reduced transport impact by 2020.

Heart of Hackbridge regeneration

BioRegional has developed and led a partnership bid to the Mayor’s Outer London Fund to prepare the suburban local centre of Hackbridge for the challenges it will face over the coming years.

These included major redevelopment of surrounding brownfield sites, and its new role as a district centre in the retail hierarchy of south London.

Overseen by a local stakeholder Project Board and working across the ten One Planet Living principles, BioRegional delivered a socio-economic regeneration programme with community-led consultations including:

  • Local economic development, working with 23 existing local traders to diversify their offer to prepare for the competitive challenges associated with an emerging district centre;
  • Sustainable business operations, including south London’s  first MSC-certified fish & chip shop, a solar-powered coffee van, and a healthier and more family-friendly menu in the local cafe; and
  • Community development, including running family events and facilitating a local business network.

We underpinned this with a co-ordinated programme of high-impact low-cost environmental improvements, including:

  • Safer highway layout, narrowing the main carriageways and junction, with new informal pedestrian crossing points;
  • Transformation of the street setting, by widening of pavements and installing new trees, seats, cycle facilites, rain-gardens, wayfinding, 
  • shopfronts and signage; and 
  • Creation of a new ‘Pocket Park’, providing a positive new entrance to the Beddington Farmlands and emerging Wandle Valley Regional Park.

The  outcomes of the project will be monitored in Summer  2014, but are expected to include safer roads, greater footfall and greater patronage of local busineses. Already 5 new jobs have been created in local businesses, and two new businesses have started up.

One Brighton achieves deep carbon cuts

The UK’s first One Planet Community is achieving 60% savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average home, with the potential to go almost 80%, an in-depth Life Cycle Analysis has revealed.

Crest Nicholson Bioregional Quintain’s One Brighton development of 172 city centre apartments was built to succeed commercially and enable its residents to live One Planet lifestyles. Achieving a deep cut in carbon emissions is one of the targets set out in a One Planet Action Plan.

The life cycle analysis (LCA) was carried out by leading life cycle analysts eTool, based in Perth, Western Australia. They are working with multi-disciplinary design consultants HTA to bring the benefits of the eTool LCA software to the UK.

The LCA includes the carbon emissions embodied within this pioneering mixed-use and car-free twin block development, as well as One Brighton’s day-to-day operational emissions from energy and water consumption. Findings are being released at the start of the UK Green Buildings Council’s Embodied Carbon Week (7-11 April).

One Brighton was BioRegional’s follow up to the world-renowned BedZED eco-village in Sutton, South London, which it helped to create and which remains the headquarters of the sustainability charity and social enterprise. BioRegional wanted to use the lessons from BedZED to work with leading commercial developers and build large scale sustainable housing projects.

One Brighton, just a few yards from the seaside city’s main railway station, was completed and occupied in 2010. It has now undergone a review of its performance against the targets set in the One Planet Action Plan, as happens with all One Planet projects. The LCA was an important part of that review.

Key findings are:

• One Brighton significantly reduces lifetime greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average UK home, by 60%.

• In existing homes, the total lifecycle emissions are dominated by operational emissions which occur while the house is occupied. In One Brighton, the embodied carbon emitted in constructing the building and making all the materials that go into it, comprises a much larger part of the total lifecycle emissions – even though these embodied emissionsare lower than in conventional housing.

• One Brighton’s current emissions performance is not yet achieving design targets. The gap is mainly because of the intermittent availability of the wood-pellet (biomass) burning boiler which supplies space heating and hot water. This has met approximately 30% of building’s heat and hot water demand, the remainder being supplied by natural gas.

• If Bioregional’s target of meeting nine tenths of the building’s heat demand from biomass is achieved, One Brighton’s overall lifecycle carbon savings would be 78% lower than the average UK home’s. This would be in line with achieving the (near) Zero Carbon target for operational emissions by 2020.

Pooran Desai, Bioregional ‘s cofounder who led the organisation’s involvement in One Brighton, said: “We’re really encouraged by the findings of this LCA, which shows the very low carbon fundamentals of this building are sound. But we are working to get greatly improved performance from the biomass boiler, to reduce operational emissions significantly and take us to our 2020 target.”

Pat Hermon, lead eTool LCA engineer, said: “An LCA never fails to raise interesting design questions surrounding not only material selection but operational energy, water, transport, waste and functionality. This LCA of One Brighton is no exception, particularly thanks to the transparency of the developers and post occupancy monitoring – an important step forwards in closing the performance gap.”

Rory Bergin, HTA’s partner for Sustainable Futures, said: “HTA Design is pleased to be working with BioRegional and eTool to bring this exciting methodology to the UK. It is important that embodied energy and the lifecycle impacts of materials are considered by designers at the earliest possible stage of design projects and this tool makes that possible. We look forward to using it on many of our projects in the future to design high performance and low impact projects.”

Among One Brighton’s sustainability features are roof terrace allotments, a living roof planted with clifftop vegetation, a community composter, photovoltaic panels, a community centre and a sustainable foods cafe which began life as the construction site canteen.

The construction used a ‘green concrete’ frame containing blast furnace slag and an exterior wall made up of highly insulating clay bocks fired at low temperatures. Both features helped to reduce the building’s embodied carbon emissions, which came in 25% lower than for the average UK home.

eTool’s Patrick Hermon added: “The LCA will also be compliant with international standard EN15978. This methodology (also broadly used in BREEAM LCA credit criteria) standardises the LCA process and verifies the environmental performance benefits claimed within the LCA given the upstream data used, the methodologies applied and the documentation provided.  A complete EN15978 report will be completed very soon.”

Bioregional warmly thanks eTool and HTA for their support in carrying out the LCA, and is grateful for the support of One Brighton’s architects Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Take a shot! Ten public photo commissions aim to bring One Planet Living to life in Brighton & Hove

The call for submissions is now open and closes at 5pm on Monday 14 April.

Ten new photo essays based on Brighton and Hove’s One Planet Living ambitions are being commissioned by arts education organisation, FotoDocument, together with Photoworks, as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2014. Supported by Bioregional, the photo essays will form a new public exhibition, to be installed in ten public spaces around the city, including the Railway Station, Seafront and Open Market, for a period of ten months.

Brighton & Hove was accredited as the world’s first One Planet City last year. Working with BioRegional, Brighton & Hove City Council developed a Sustainability Action Plan which sets out targets which will enable the city’s residents to live well within a fairer share of the earth’s resources.

The thinking behind One Planet Living is simple. If everyone in the world lived like the average European we’d need three planets to support us; if we all lived like the average North American we would need five planets! Yet, worldwide, more than a billion people are getting far less than a fair share of the planet’s resources and their basic needs are not being met.

Nina Emett, Founding Director of FotoDocument, said:

“We are delighted to be able to commission these One Planet Living photo essays, through support from Arts Council England, installing them in high profile locations around the city. The exhibitions will bring visibility to all the environmental initiatives happening here under the One Planet Living framework and it will also bring great art into the community. We hope that the public will engage with the exhibitions in many ways and that schools will enjoy the photo-based materials we create for them. The exhibitions will also provide for visitors a unique glimpse into the working fabric of life in the city, which might otherwise remain hidden.”

FotoDocument will commission ten talented emerging or established UK photographers to each produce a compelling photo essay based on one each of the ten One Planet Living principles. The resulting work will be installed in ten key public spaces across the city, co-curated by FotoDocument and partners. The exhibitions will collectively form an ‘arts story trail’ around the city with accompanying map and literature to illustrate the route and significance. Venues include the Open Market, Sussex County Cricket Ground, Foredown Tower, Brighton Railway Station, and the Seafront among others.

Celia Davies, Photoworks Director, says:

“Brighton Photo Biennial is the UK’s largest curated photography festival and this partnership forms an important part of our 2014 edition. The ten prominent locations connecting up the One Planet themes will ensure thousands more city residents and visitors have the opportunity to engage with thought-provoking photography, presented as part of city life over 10 months.”

Pooran Desai, Co-Founder of BioRegional, says

“We are delighted that One Planet Living will be brought to life in such a creative way, particularly as the Council and partners have already made great progress in shaping a ‘One Planet City’. The highly successful Food Partnership is a great example. We hope these commissions will inspire even more people to take action to boost the local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and foster a more equal and healthy city.”

A participatory digital project using the University of Brighton’s open source Community21 website will run alongside the competition. A schools’ programme using photo-based education packs featuring the work will also be rolled out across the city.

How to get involved:

Application process:
Guidelines and an application form can be found athttp://fotodocument.org/foto-commissions

Submission deadline:

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 14 April 2014.
Submission address is info@fotodocument.org


For more information please contact:

Nina Emett
Founding Director, FotoDocument
T: 07790 645025
E: nina.emett@fotodocument.org

Laura Jackson
Head of Communications and Policy, BioRegional
T: 020 8404 4887
E: laura.jackson@bioregional.com

Image: “Boat Schools of Bangladesh” by Abir Abdullah, FotoDocument exhibition, Brighton Railway Station, 2013