Sponsor: Arup

Arup is a global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants. Operating in 37 countries, Arup is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable building initiatives. Key projects include the world’s first eco-city in Dongtan, near Shanghai in China, and BedZED, an innovative development demonstrating zero-carbon residential life in the UK.

Sheffield was one of the first cities where Arup established an office and there has always been a dedication to the environment and local community. Sustainability is at the heart of the Arup ethos, with years of commitment into enabling buildings to have a smaller environmental footprint.

Both Arup and the Reduction Festival aim to influence and contribute towards a sustainable future and a carbon neutral environment.

Arup have contributed three titles to the 24/7 Filmmaking Challenge:

Film 1 – Will You Cope Without Air Conditioning?

Film 2 – Is Recycling Always the Best Option?

Film 3 – How Much Water Did You Use Yesterday?

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The Lighthouse – Kingspan Lighthouse is a two bedroom house designed to be carbon neutral. It boasts unrivalled efficiency in construction methods, CO2 emissions, energy use and carbon footprint, satisfying level 6 of the UK Code for Sustainable Homes (due to come into effect in 2016).

It generates all its own energy and, when unoccupied, can export electricity to the national grid. Annual energy bills are estimated at around 90% less than for comparable homes.

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Dongtan, China – Arup was contracted in 2005 by the Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation (SIIC) to design and masterplan Dongtan, an eco-city on Chongming Island close to Shanghai

Dongtan will be a city of three villages that meet to form a city centre and will accommodate up to 500,000 people by 2050. The city will produce sufficient electricity and heat for its own use, entirely from renewable sources. Energy demand will be substantially lower than comparable conventional cities due to the high performance of buildings and a zero emission transport zone within the city. Waste is considered to be a resource and most of the city’s waste will be recycled.

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bedZED – Beddington Zero (fossil) Energy Development is an 83-unit live/work village in London. It was conceived, designed and built at a time when thinking about and acting on climate change were minority interests. BedZED set the standards that are now embedded into the UK’s target for all new homes to be zero carbon for 2016.

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