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Sustainable Buildings, Green Arts: Literature Event, 25th June 2014

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Presentation from Nick Murza, Director of Operations at Arvon. First presented at Green Arts event for the literature sector at Free Word, 25th June 2014.

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Sustainable Buildings, Green Arts: Literature Event, 25th June 2014

  1. 1. Sustainable buildings
  2. 2. Arvon’s  buildings   •  Residen1al  crea1ve  wri1ng  retreats   •  3  centres  in  Devon,  Shropshire  and  Yorkshire   •  Buildings  date  from  16th  to  19th  century   •  Remote,  rural  loca1ons  
  3. 3. Challenges   •  Old  buildings  with  poor  thermal  performance   •  Significant  land  holdings   •  Residen1al  use  –  week-­‐long  visitors   •  Listed  buildings  –  limita1ons  on  changes   •  Away  from  popula1on  centres   •  Limited  funds  for  capital  improvements  
  4. 4. Approach   •  Sustainability  policy   •  Sustainability  surveys   •  Ac1on  plans   •  Monitoring   •  Business  plan   •  Ownership  by  trustees  and  staff   •  Communica1on  
  5. 5. Sustainability  policy   Our  objec1ves  are:   •  to  minimise  our  impact  on  the  natural   environment  by  reducing  our  direct  and  indirect   use  of  natural  resources,  our  carbon  footprint,   and  waste   •  to  have  a  posi1ve  impact  on  the  development  of   sustainable  local  economies,  communi1es  and   networks  around  our  wri1ng  centres   •  to  be  more  self-­‐sufficient  in  energy,  food  and   water   •  to  reduce  costs  
  6. 6. Sustainability  policy   We  will:     •  take  decisions  considering  the  effect  on  our  aims  over  the  short  (up   to  2  years),  medium  (2-­‐5  years)  and  long  terms  (up  to  25  years)   •  make  strategic  and  business  decisions,  taking  into  account  the   environmental,  financial,  economic  and  social  impacts  on  Arvon   and  its  local,  regional,  na1onal  and  interna1onal  environments   •  develop  a  regularly-­‐reviewed  strategy  for  achieving  our  aims,   supported  by  clear  plans  for  implementa1on,  including  measurable   targets  and  1metables   •  ensure  commitment  and  consulta1on  on  our  aims  at  all  levels  of   the  organisa1on,  including  trustees,  staff  and  contractors   •  ensure  that  our  policies,  plans  and  outcomes  are  communicated   effec1vely  and  regularly,  to  contractors,  partners,  funders,  and  the   general  public.  
  7. 7. Surveys   •  Energy  use   •  Energy  sourcing   •  Local  materials   •  Water  resources   •  Land  management   •  Wildlife   •  Local  food   •  Waste  management   •  Transport  
  8. 8. Ac1on  plans   •  Energy  Use   •  Land  Use   •  Food  
  9. 9. Achievements   •  Renova1on  of  The  Hurst   – Ground  Source  Heat  Pump  system   – Insula1on   – Secondary  glazing   •  Refurbishment  of  Totleigh  Barton  barn   •  Kitchen  gardens  
  10. 10. Totleigh  Barton  Barn  

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