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University of Ulster. N.E.E.S. Project Cross Border Cooperation in Europe 2013 Conference Trim, Co. Meath, 13 th June 2013. The University of Ulster . Over 25,400 students, 1,180+ of whom study via distance learning - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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University of Ulster

University of UlsterN.E.E.S. Project Cross Border Cooperation in Europe 2013 Conference

Trim, Co. Meath, 13th June 2013

The University of Ulster Over 25,400 students, 1,180+ of whom study via distance learning International students from more than 80 countries studying in Northern Ireland and overseas140,000 alumni in 121 countries worldwideOver 3,000 staff spread over 4 campuses Northern Periphery Programme 2007 - 2013European Regional Development Fund, INTERREG IVBPart of the European Commissions Territorial Cooperation ObjectiveAims to help peripheral and remote communities develop their economic, social and environmental potential through transnational cooperation

Overview of NPP Northern Periphery Programme

NEES Project PartnersRep. of IrelandUniversity College CorkSouth Kerry Development PartnershipClar ICHNorthside Community Enterprise

Northern IrelandUniversity of Ulster

ScotlandGlasgow Caledonian University

SwedenUmea School of ArchitectureGreenlandARKTEK

The NEES ProjectPromotes products and services that improve the energy efficiency rating of domestic buildingsThese products primarily make use of renewable or recycled materialsThe services are based on natural processes, which originate and are normally accessible in the Northern Periphery regionConducting viability assessments for mainstream commercialisation

Identifying Best PracticeResource Efficiency

Environment and Health



ScalabilityAdvanced Timbercraft LtdNewtownabbey, County AntrimUse timber as their base material which is insulated using cellulose and/or hemp and/or sheepwool with external liners made from wood wool or wood fibreMaterials are recycled and biodegradableContribute to energy efficient buildings

ECOCELBased in CorkCellulose fibre insulation which can be used in attics (new and retro-fit), timber frame walls and sloping ceilingsRecycled content is 82 85%Effective as a thermal insulator

Mud and Wood Skreen, County SligoEarthbuilding, timber-frame and straw-bale constructionCob, timber and straw bales are 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable

Locate ArchitectsDunblane, ScotlandUse locally sourced, reclaimed timberPreservatives / insecticides are not used to treat woodSuperior thermal performance than metal or concrete

An GreenBased in CorkComplete green roof systemCan improve heating and cooling by 30-90%Fully biodegradable or fully recyclable

Wetland SystemsEnnis, County ClareNatural sewage treatment optionContribute to energy saving by providing zero energy sewage treatment

Example of NEES OutputSubmitted evidence on behalf of NEES project partners to the UKs All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environments (APPGBE) Inquiry into sustainable construction in January 2013

Evidence Submission

Invited to present evidence at UK Parliament Buildings, London on 15th April 2013

NEES FindingsBarriersKnowledge transferOrganisational and business skillsTraditional craft and trade skills dispersalTechnical issuesPlanning and building regulations, standardsLack of accreditation; SME supportLogisticsLocal materials supply marketLong supply chainsHigh cost of transportNEES RecommendationsKnowledge transferRegional knowledge exchange hubscertifiable educational programmesPolicy ChangesEmphasise sustainability in conjunction with energy efficiencyTax or Rate ReliefLocally Sourced MaterialsDevelop supply of locally sourced materials

Stuart ThompsonResearch Assistant

T: +44 (0)28 701 23922E: [email protected]

Room L240,Department of Business and Enterprise,Coleraine Campus,Cromore Road,Co. Londonderry,BT52 1SA

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