Leaders from across Scotland’s architectural, building, housing and local authority sectors gathered at CMS Window Systems’ pioneering Innovation Hub this week to discuss how best to create sustainable homes and communities of the future.
Topping the agenda at Sustainable Building 2016 was how to incorporate sustainable principles within the construction processes of new buildings and the retrofitting of existing stock. It is a challenge that host CMS Window Systems is already helping clients to overcome with its low carbon building envelope solutions, including its 0.8 U-value triple glazed PVCu window which was the first of its kind in the UK.
More than 60 delegates heard from a number of high profile speakers representing organisations including BRE Scotland, RTPI Scotland and Barnardo’s. Topics ranged from changes in public policy to the evolution and innovation in design, the development of new materials, the creation of jobs and apprenticeships within new communities.
Andy Kerr, MD of CMS Window Systems said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to host Sustainable Building 2016 and to welcome such an influential group of decision-makers to the Innovation Hub. These kind of forums are absolutely vital to keep up the momentum for change and keep us on track for improving the quality of our housing stock and public buildings. What’s reassuring is that the solutions are here today, as we can demonstrate, well ahead of standards and legislation for those who want to stay at the forefront of sustainable construction.”
The CMS Innovation Hub provided the ideal location for the conference given its ethos and purpose as a place to explore new products, discuss challenges and advance the cause for more sustainable construction. Prior to CMS fully refurbishing the facility, it was a derelict warehouse ‘G’ rated for energy efficiency. By transforming the Hub into a state-of-the-art, ‘A’ rated centre of excellence rather than demolishing the building, CMS has practically demonstrated a core ethos of avoiding sending waste to landfill.
The CMS Innovation Hub showcases some of the most advanced building products on the market – from manufacturers including GLASSOLUTIONS Saint-Gobain, Yale and Sheerframe – which are key to delivering homes and buildings which have a minimal carbon footprint and help improve communities and people’s lives.