Speaking to Nottingham

SASIE’s Mo Kelly has been busy explaining the what, why and how of our various new projects at two key events in Nottingham this week.

Nottingham’s GreenTech Network is a popular group, including 1,600 contacts, from 370 businesses and organisations involved in the CleanTech sector. This thriving pocket of ‘green’ activity has created 25 well-attended events. We were delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the April event ‘Exploring Future Housing’ to talk about our LIME (Living in a Modular Environment) House.

GreenTech presentation April14

We shared a platform with Laing O’Rourke’s Alan Clucas. Alan described the offsite manufacturing capability at the impressive facility at Laing O-Rourke’s Explore manufacturing site at Worksop. Next up was Geoff Symonds from our partners, Sym-Wall. Geoff described his process for manufacturing Sym-Wall’s innovative wall panels from recycled gypsum and gave a ‘warts and all’ account of the tough life of an SME. Finally, Mo talked about LIME House and SASIE’s ambitions to create a modular low-carbon building system, incorporating integrated renewable energy systems and assisted living packages. It was a great evening and the three presentations created plenty of excitement and questions from the audience as well as networking opportunities.

Spark City presentation April 14The SASIE roadshow moved on the next day to Nottingham’s  Creative Quarter. There’s a real buzz about this area of Nottingham right now, with so many interesting and innovative organisations coming together, whether artists, writers, scientists or engineers. We were very excited to be asked to provide a picture of what might be for the ‘Re-imagining the City’ workshop. Our role was to enthuse the audience during a 10-minute presentation on the opportunities that smart energy systems offer. SASIE’s angle was ‘why can’t we be more like plants?’. Plants are capable of locking energy from the sun to create food for growth and reproduction – and on that simple process, the rest of the living world is dependent. SASIE’s Mo Kelly explored how we can also capture energy from renewable sources and use it wisely.

After the presentations, discussion groups worked through dreams for the future, covering a range of topics including reduced waste, improved energy efficiency, enhanced citizen experiences, enjoyment/play areas, use of empty space and encouraging exploration and movement. The evening was rounded off by a Pecha Kucha event, a Japanese format event where speakers talk passionately using just 20 slide presentations, each lasting 20 seconds per slide. All in all, this was a very passionate, thought provoking event that looked at life in the round and the exciting future ahead of Nottingham communities – things that run in the SASIE DNA. What better way to spend a Friday evening?


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