Peter Brett event, left to right: From Peter Brett Associates - Richard Swinden, Partner; Paul Maryan, Director of Sustainability; Samantha Damon, Marketing Executive; with Phil Sharratt of the Genesis Centre at Somerset College.

Event boosts drive to low carbon future

National consulting engineers Peter Brett Associates hosted a special networking event together with the Genesis Centre at Somerset College in Taunton recently, to help highlight the drive towards a low carbon future.

Business people from around the South West, involved in all aspects of construction, were invited by the Taunton branch of Peter Brett Associates. The company’s Director of Sustainability Paul Maryan, told guests the whole construction industry needs to build, maintain and take forward new approaches to energy. This would help householders and commercial occupiers live more easily in a low carbon world.

Phil Sharratt, of the Genesis Centre, told guests how Genesis, a £2.5 million educational resource for sustainable construction, was unique in the UK as an award winning building and was now launching a new environmental technologies and training facility.

It would be open to trades people to see how to use new technologies, and its training rooms are expected to be a model for training providers.

The Genesis Centre recently saw the launch of the £750,000 Knowledge Exchange at Genesis (KEG) project, with funding secured from the European Regional Development Fund and South West Regional Development Agency.

Its aim is to increase sustainability in the built environment throughout the South West and beyond.

Caption: Peter Brett event, left to right: From Peter Brett Associates - Richard Swinden, Partner; Paul Maryan, Director of Sustainability; Samantha Damon, Marketing Executive; with Phil Sharratt of the Genesis Centre at Somerset College.