Green architecture day

Green architecture day

Talks by designers, practitioners and professionals run in partnership with Low Carbon Trust

Saturday 21 March 2015
10:30am to 5pm
Sallis Benney Theatre
University of Brighton
Grand Parade Building
Brighton BN2 0JY (Directions)

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Confirmed speakers for 2015

Duncan Baker-BrownDuncan Baker-Brown

Duncan Baker Brown has been a director of award-winning architects BBM Sustainable Design since 1993. He also teaches and researches around green ideas at the School of Architecture in Brighton. He has had the good fortune to work on some of the UK’s most high profile green developments such as The Greenwich Millennium Village, the RIBA's Futurehouse and The House That Kevin Built.

Ian BrownIan Brown

Ian Brown will be speaking about straw bale building. He has been teaching low impact building and sustainable construction for many years and has built various low impact projects. He currently teaches straw bale building with Brighton Permaculture Trust and construction at City College Brighton.

Howard JohnsHoward Johns

Howard Johns will be speaking about community energy. He is a founding member of Ouse Valley Energy Services Company (OVESCO) as well as the founder of Southern Solar Ltd. He is writing a book about community energy and has been installing solar hot water systems and other small scale renewable energy systems for over ten years.

No image availableLinda Royles

Linda Royles founded Cob in the Community in 2008 because of her combined interests in sculpting, sustainability and passion for bringing communities together. She is currently working with three of London's largest engineering projects to secure clay for community use in London. She is a director of The Gaia Gallery and hopes to manage the distribution of clay via London canals.

Mischa HewittMischa Hewitt

Mischa Hewitt is a sustainability consultant and project manager with a particular interest in affordable low energy buildings. He is a director of Low Carbon Trust, a director of Earthwise Construction, a Sussex-based green-sustainability consultancy, and a trustee of AECB, the Sustainable Building Association. He teaches a range of ecobuilding courses with Brighton Permaculture Trust.

Rowland KeableRowland Keable

Rowland Keable has been building earth structures since 1985 and has worked extensively in Africa and the UK. He is the author of Rammed Earth: design and construction guidelines and teaches rammed earth building with Brighton Permaculture Trust. He is also a founder of Earth Building UK and director of Rammed Earth Consulting.

Alex SparrowAlex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow will be talking about building with hempcrete (hemp-lime). He is a director of Hemp-LimeConstruct, a UK-based construction company specialising in the use of hempcrete and other natural building materials. Alex is co-author of The Hempcrete Book: Designing and building with hemp-lime and provides training and consultancy for builders, self-builders and architects who want to build with hempcrete.

Details of Talks

Bales of hemp shiv Mixing hempcrete Hempcrete extension

Building with hempcrete (hemp-lime)

Alex Sparrow, Hemp-LimeConstruct

Alex will briefly explain the basics of what hempcrete is and its sustainability credentials. He'll touch on recent developments in the "mainstreaming" of hempcrete in the UK construction industry and discuss some of the practical issues in designing and building with hempcrete, highlighting some key "dos and don'ts".

Who is Green architecture day for?

This event is open to anyone aged 16 or over and will be of interest to anyone interested in sustainability and buildings. The event has benefited students, home renovators, self builders, landlords, tenants, developers, builders, architects, engineers, planners and academics.

Refreshments & lunch

The café/bar at Sallis Benney will be open throughout the day, serving drinks and light refreshments as well as soup and bread at lunchtime.

Fresh vegan and veggie soup, tea and coffee will be available at lunchtime at The Woodstore, which is just across the road from the theatre.


  • £80 - Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £80 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £65 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £50 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £35 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking your place

Advance booking is recommended in order to ensure your place. Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

You can book online until 4pm on Friday 20 March 2015.

If the event is not sold out, then admission can be paid at the door, but be advised that only cash or cheques will be accepted. If you plan to pay at the door, please check this page after the date and time above to ensure that tickets are still available.

Paying for your place

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Green architecture day archive

Presentations from previous years can be found in our archive.