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2019 Speakers

‘How to make historic buildings meet the BREEAM standard’

Jennifer Juritz, Associate, David Morley Architects

What are the challenges that designers and clients face when trying to bring historic buildings in line with current best practice approaches to sustainability? How do we ensure that the performance of these retrofits bridge the performance gap between design and as built performance? Using David Morley Architects’ 119 Ebury Street, a BREEAM Outstanding ret-rofit of a heritage property as a starting point, Jennifer will talk about how much a building’s envi-ronmental impact can be reduced while preserving its historically significant urban fabric.

‘Be the change; The Climate Innovations District, Leeds’

Jonathan Wilson, Development Director, Citu

Addressing the urgency of the climate crisis requires world-class offsite developments with a focus on outstanding placemaking, architecture and performance. In his talk, Citu’s Development Director Jonathan Wilson will be showcasing Citu’s methodology for delivering sustainable and inspiring places, and explaining reasoning behind it.

‘Unlocking new value from assets’

Val Bagnall, Managing Director, Apex Airspace

Apex Airspace is the market leader for airspace development in the UK, with a confirmed pipeline of 160 homes, and a further 700 under discussion. Working with Homes England, the GLA, and a range of councils and housing associations, they have pioneered airspace to provide much needed new affordable homes for London. Their innovative business model combining modular homes, has helped unlock a new homes market in London, whilst pioneering new sources of funding to make this happen. In the last year, they have made significant strides in shaping and influencing the national planning policy framework, with airspace now specifically mentioned in the NPPF and the draft London Plan.

‘Designing Future Ready buildings and estates’

David Symons, Future Ready Programme Leader, WSP

With buildings and estates having lives of decades, designing for the future as well as today is essential. In this engaging and lively talk, David Symons will share some of the key future trends WSP is expecting and provide practical examples of building, healthcare and university estates designed for both the future and today.

‘Clock View – Healing and Sustainable Place-making within a Community’

Bob Wills, Director, Medical Architecture

Clock View attracts a lot of attention internationally for how it challenges the stigma associated with mental illness. It is seen as a national benchmark for how to procure an open and inclusive, purposeful, class-leading, hotel-like mental health facility, in the heart of an engaged community. The presentation will describe the 10 year journey to get there, touching on the Stakeholder engagement, LIFT procurement, and how the Technology Strategy Board’s research project – designing for Future Climate – influenced the project.

‘BRE biophilic office’ 

Flavie Lowres, Associate Director – Research & Strategic Advisory Group, BRE

Biophilic design acknowledges that we are genetically connected to nature and that a human-centred approach can improve many of the spaces that we live and work. BRE, supported by a range of partners, is working on a long-term project “the Biophilic office” to understand, grow and deepen the evidence base for a biophilic approach and its impact on the health and wellbeing of office occupants.

‘What can we learn from innovative techniques in sustainability?’

Jerry Tate, Partner, Tate Harmer

Will talk in detail about the different ways to lower energy and how these can be implemented into a project and applied across sectors.

Jerry will talk through examples of work; including a Passivhaus and the techniques used to create such a low energy home, to designing a super-insulated timber framed school project connected to nature, to a sustainable hotel in Cornwall for The Eden Project.

Samuel Lawson Johnston, Co-Founder, Kinrise

Kinrise is an award-winning investment company focussed on creating spaces that inspire and enable. The company is building a portfolio of iconic buildings and ventures to contribute to the rise of UK cities, through creative refurbishment, technology, and social and environmental impact initiatives. Projects to date include The Albert Estate and Canada House in Manchester and 34 Boar Lane in Leeds.

‘Optimising sustainability during construction and operation of buildings.’

Ben Cartmell, Director, Southfacing Services Ltd

Southfacing have been providing innovative technology to support sustainable construction and building operation for 15 years. From their involvement in the London 2012 Olympic Games they created Tracker Plus, which is now the industry leading BREEAM project management system and used on over 5000 projects. This system has now been expanded to manage and optimise all sustainability KPIs and multi-level reporting with users including Mace, EDF (Hinkley Point C) and Wates. This presentation will give insight into new ways of managing and reporting sustainability with live system demonstrations.


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