10 years ago today, Brighton & Hove Building Green had its very first meeting.
The first meeting agreed to establish a forum, and set out some success criteria. Here’s how we think we’ve got on.
“The forum would look to achieve the following:
* the mainstream establishment of green buildings in Brighton and Hove as a contribution to a healthier City
Green roofs and green walls are certainly more mainstream, with links in planning policy. Some of the ambitions – for London-style planning requirements – have not been achieved and there is work to do to encourage better quality installations that last and perform.
* greater public awareness about the role of green buildings, through practical demonstrations, guidance and media attention
Building Green has been central to promoting green buildings in Brighton & Hove – we’ve run many events, and contributed many stories to the media.
* generate pride in Brighton and Hove’s existing green buildings through open days etc
We have run tours of green buildings in the city, and were a partner in Eco Open Houses – many of the houses featuring green roofs and/or walls.
* the growth of small (household) projects – especially sheds, garages, dormers – through the provision of practical advice and demonstrations
Building Green established the UK’s first training course in how to ‘do it yourself’, and has gone on to run events
* demonstrate new, locally appropriate techniques such as vegetated shingle roofs”
The UK’s first vegetated shingle roofs are currently being constructed at Brighton Marina. Building Green is planning a tour to see how they’re getting on.