Newry’s Week of Sustainability

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Monday, October 21st, 2013
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Sustainability saves money, is the message from Newry and Mourne District Council and the Southern Regional College who are collaborating to host re;newry; a week-long series of seminars, workshops and exhibitions offering advice and guidance to home owners and a suite of topical seminars to ensure local businesses are leading in their respective fields. Home owners can go along to the Sustainable Living Fair (free admission) on Thursday 24th October in Newry Sports Centre. Here you will learn about any grants you might be entitled to, meet with local experts who can answer any questions such as how to top up your insulation to save on heating bills, how to use solar power to heat your water, how to gauge how much electricity you are using by installing energy monitors and much, much more. John Farrell of Newry and Mourne District Council has worked hard to ensure that there is a diverse selection of exhibits and seminars available to the public all day. John told Newry Times, “The Sustainable Living Fair planned for 24th October is the pinnacle event in the re;newry week. Designed especially for the general public, the Sports Centre will have over forty expert exhibitors all providing free advice on every possible aspect of saving energy, reducing heating costs and investing in renewable technology. In addition, the fair will feature local organic food and cookery demonstrations, a ‘grow your own’ demo area and advice on how to keep hens and even bees. An electric car will be available for all to see as well as advice on other forms of sustainable transport. The Sustainable Living Fair will reveal how we can all embrace new, healthier lifestyles and with face painting and children’s workshops, there’s plenty for the kids to do too. For local businesses the GreenTEC Centre at the Southern Regional College will host a suite of seminars on various dates across re;newry week including; ‘Are you ready for fully collaborative BIM level 2 in 2016?’, ‘Insulating against future costs with a ‘Holistic’ Approach to Low Carbon Retrofit’, ‘Looking to a Green Future with Renewables’, and ‘Low Carbon New Build; drivers and cost effective solutions’. Brian Doran, CEO at the Southern Regional College commented, “At the Southern Regional College we are committed to providing support to the NI Construction Industry especially at a time when up skilling and innovation are key to competitiveness and success.” As part of re;newry week, the Southern Regional College will launch GreenTEC, a new centre of excellence for Sustainable Building Design based at our existing Greenbank Campus. GreenTEC’s new offering to industry will include professional, technical and accredited training, seminars and demonstrations in areas such as Retrofit, Passive Design, Ecological Building Systems, BIM (Building Information Modeling), RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive), Thermography, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) and the design and installation of renewable technologies such solar thermal, heat pumps and solar PV.
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