BRE/UBM Built Environment Top Prize for Design and Wellbeing Paper at Ecobuild 2014

Tim Dixon (domestic prizewinner)  (left); Deborah Pullen (BRE) (centre); Lesley McIntyre (non-domestic prizewinner) (right)Tim Dixon (Professor in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment in the School of Construction Management and Engineering) was awarded the BRE/UBM prize for best domestic paper on design and wellbeing at Ecobuild 2014. A panel of independent experts reviewed the impressive range of entries submitted by construction experts and research professionals from across the built environment and selected the best papers for domestic and non-domestic buildings. Pictured above are Tim Dixon (domestic prizewinner) (left); Deborah Pullen (BRE) (centre); Lesley McIntyre (non-domestic prizewinner) (right).

Tim Dixon's paper ('Creating strong communities: measuring social sustainability in new housing developments') was co-authored with Saffron Woodcraft of Social Life, and is based on work that Tim and Social Life have carried out together for Berkeley Group, the major house builders. The framework was designed to help the company understand and measure the social sustainability of its developments and the paper was presented in a special session on Design and Wellbeing at Ecobuild on 5 March. The session also featured the official launch of the Ecobuild Academic Forum, a joint initiative between BRE and Ecobuild to assess the impact of the built environment on wellbeing.

"Social sustainability brings together a number of different ideas about wellbeing, social needs and the sustainability of communities," explained Tim Dixon. "This work acknowledges that the practical and operational aspects of social sustainability are not clearly defined or well integrated in the policy and practice of urban planning and housing."

In addition, Tim Dixon presented on 'City Visions and Resilience: Developing Future Proof Thinking' at Ecobuild, drawing on his work for EPSRC Retrofit 2050.

He will be speaking at the RSA Action and Research Centre event (2 April) on 'Developing socially productive places' (see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conference-developing-socially-productive-places-tickets-9850190184). Tim Dixon and Social Life are discussing further work on assessing social sustainability with other house builders.

Links:

Presentation at Ecobuild: TBC

Winning BRE Papers: TBC

Full version of this paper (Town and Country Planning Journal) can be found here

Berkeley Group Social Sustainability Research: http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/sustainability/reports-and-opinions/social-sustainability-reports

EPSRC Retrofit 2050: www.retrofit2050.org.uk

Building4 Change News Item: http://www.building4change.com/page.jsp?id=2239

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