CLAW members attended a joint SCALA/SCEME/CLAW Study Day entitled “Achieving a Low Carbon Environment – Fact From Fiction” on 14 and 15 May 2009.
On the 14th May delegates visited the new Welsh Assembly Building in Cardiff and travelled to Margam Park to visit the new Environmental Discovery Centre. In the evening there was an informal dinner at the Holiday Inn, Cardiff.
On Friday 15th May the Study Day was held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff. The SCALA President, Andrea Heinlein welcomed delegates to the event followed by an opening address from Jane Davidson A.M., Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing at the Welsh Assembly Government. The morning continued with a series of presentations, followed, after lunch, by break-out workshops at which delegates had a choice of subjects and speakers. Delegates were also given the opportunity to tour the Centre for Research in the Built Environment (CRiBE) Environmental Laboratory which houses a Wind Tunnel, an Artificial Sky and Heliodon, the most advanced of its kind in the UK.
CLAW members met at the Bulkeley Hotel in Beaumaris, Ynys Mon for the 2009 Members Spring meeting on 30th April and 1st May.
On the afternoon of 30th April members visited the new Ysgol y Graig building and the Sir Kyffin Williams gallery extension to Oriel Ynys Mon. The Ysgol y Graig building was completed at the end of 2008 and has been operational since January 2009. The school features green sedum roofing, PV solar panels and wind turbine, and incorporates many recycled materials in the internal fittings and fixtures. The Kyffin Williams gallery was completed during July 2008 to house the artist’s collection of pictures and sketches.
The new draft CLAW Business Strategy and Operational Plan was unveiled at the meeting on 1st May. Elected members were shown the process that had been undertaken to develop these documents and the proposals for their use over the coming year. The elected members approved the documents for publication and discussions at the meeting then included consideration of the future direction for CLAW and members were keen to ensure that all authorities have an input into this process.
The CLAW Business Strategy 2009 has subsequently been translated and published in bilingual form. Copies have been distributed to member authorities and an electronic copy is available on the CLAW website. Copies have also been forwarded to Welsh Assembly Government and the National Library of Wales.
Also at the Spring meeting, Mr Jeff Perren of the Welsh Assembly Government, Department of the Environment, Sustainability and Housing gave a presentation and update on Policy, Strategy and Regulations in relation to energy efficiency and low carbon design. The presentation included an overview of a new website that will be available in the near future and will act as an information hub to assist authorities in the development of energy efficient and low carbon initiatives. A link to this website is to be made available via the CLAW website in due course.