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We are now inviting proposals to be part of this year’s sustainable buildings & estates forum seminar programme where the theme is “Accelerating sustainable buildings – doing more, better, faster”. It’s your chance to share innovations and best practice about how we can be carbon neutral by 2050 – a target that we absolutely must achieve.

A sustainable, built environment is an ambition that unites the entire supply chain, from designer and builder to supplier and client. The sbe forum spans healthcare, higher education, commercial, retail, leisure, and public and private residential sectors.   To apply please send a short synopsis to by 15 May 2019.

Last year’s speakers

Lydia Dutton

The Circular Economy – don’t waste your time in the built environment

Lydia Dutton, Business Consultant, International Synergies Ltd

Seen the recent press about plastic in the oceans? Got your own keep cup for take away coffee? Why is Dame Ellen MacArthur, who retired from breaking sailing records in 2009, continuing to maintain such a high profile presence in the media?

In this insight session we’ll cover the whys and wherefores of the circular economy, how this relates to the built environment and what you need to know to get your organisations thinking circular. Note to all attendees – it’s not just about what to do with your waste!

Chris Birch

Application of the WELL Standard – Walking the Talk!

Chris Birch, Hilson Moran, Director of Sustainability 

The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through its 7 concepts. My presentation will introduce the WELL office certification standard, discuss the reasons for using the standard during the fit out of our new Manchester office and illustrate the key wellbeing features of the space.  It will give an overview of each of the 7 WELL concepts and detail the features that have been included in the fit out design.  Results of ongoing air quality monitoring and Post Occupancy Evaluation surveys will be presented.

Simon Sturgis

Buildings, Carbon and Resource Efficiency

Simon Sturgis, Sturgis carbon profiling llp; Managing Director

Most new buildings now meet high operational performance criteria, but this is still not enough to meet our international (eg Paris 2015) carbon reduction obligations. Meet the elephant in the room – embodied carbon. This session will explain why tackling embodied and ‘whole life’ emissions is the low-cost, resource efficient route to a low carbon future. Also covered will be the new RICS Professional Statement and RIBA Guidance on whole life carbon reduction, both authored by the speaker.

Jamie Andrews

Passivhaus Proof of Concept; reducing the cost and environmental impact of healthcare buildings

Jamie Andrews, Community Health Partnerships; Investment Director

Passivhaus reduces the requirement for space heating or cooling, whilst providing a better quality internal environment, along with improved air quality.

Community Health Partnerships (CHP) has been exploring the potential benefit when applied to the NHS estate and found that building to the Passivhaus standard could potentially reduce the capital cost of a healthcare facility by 7.7%, energy costs by 31% and the whole life revenue costs by 10%.

We found that these principles may allow us to design buildings that potentially use around 80-90% less energy than conventional buildings. There is a premium on some capital costs associated with the higher specification but the reduction in plant reduced the size of the building significantly, reducing all the downstream revenue implications.

This research identifies the changes necessary to deliver the potential benefits.

Helena Tinker

Our Sustainability Journey – Achievements and Challenges

Helena Tinker, Manchester Metropolitan University: Head of Environmental Sustainability

Manchester Met University is currently ranked no.1 in the People and Planet University league, we were also the first University to achieve the revised and more challenging ISO 14001:2015 environmental management standard, in 2016.   The journey,  however, has not been easy.  This session will provide an overview of our achievements and highlight some of the challenges and lessons learnt. It will explain how we currently embed sustainability into our £340m+ Estate Investment Programme, reduce energy and carbon across our estate, green our fleet and engage our students on the agenda.

Lolli Olafsson & Dr Tim Fenn

Tyram Lakes Resort & Spa

Lolli Olafsson & Dr Tim Fenn, Geyser Thermal Energy & Sustainability Planner Green Factory

The Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa & Resort will be the first of its type in the UK. Offering accommodation of 325 luxurious, avant-garde wooden Eco Lodges set on approximately 65 acres of lakes adjacent to approximately 100 acres of natural woodlands.  The site had multiple challenges in regards to energy and water, all of which were solved using innovative and ecological solutions that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.   The solutions consist of chemical free water treatment, solar PV, highly efficient Geyser heat pumps, a floating district heating system and a natural waste water treatment to name but a few.  Tyram Lakes is a great example of where renewable energy and sustainability is a core focus and not just a box ticking exercise.

Eric Hallquist

What Does Your Campus Produce? – Redefining the Products of Estate Landscapes.

Eric Hallquist, AECOM: Director of Landscape Architecture 

When attracting staff or students, the campus experience is nearly as important as an institution’s performance.  Investment in campus improvements is becoming increasingly difficult for estates to justify.  In the 21st century a beautiful campus needs to be underwritten by how well it performs.   Investment in landscape and public realm can be justified by clearly establishing key outputswhich can be used to justify investment or even to unlock funding opportunities  through five key drivers:

  • Health and Wellbeing: Healthy people are smarter people. 
  • Air Quality and Carbon: A new green infrastructure
  • Water: Water driven masterplans are transformative.
  • Energy and Operations: Smart landscape should actually reduce the operating costs of a campus. 
  • Value: When a campus landscape is considered infrastructure, it opens up unique funding opportunities which can fund estate improvements.

Fiona Daly

How sustainable best practice is driving innovation and efficiency across the NHS estate.

Fiona Daly, NHS Improvement: Head of Sustainability 

As National Sustainability Lead for NHS Improvement, Fiona is tasked with leading the national programme on Sustainability within the provider sector, driving innovation and engagement, and providing NHS trusts with critical support to implement their sustainability programmes.  In her presentation she will draw from 16 years’ experiences and detail NHS Improvements drive for achieving a healthy, resilient healthcare estate; tackling the importance of leadership and investing in the built environment to developing the skills and capacity of the current and future NHS workforce. 

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