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Addressing the most current and pressing subjects through our CPD-certified seminars.

2022 Live Speakers

‘Can Value-Led Decisions Optimise Economic, Social, and Environmental Outcomes for the Built Environment’?

Ellie Jenkins, Partner, Akerlof

With ever increasing narrative around better social, environmental, and economic outcomes and a complex policy landscape, how can we be sure our decisions optimise value?

Designed to lead to a more sustainable built environment and a more sustainable model for the sector the Value Toolkit helps clients to articulate, realise and measure outcomes for every investment decision in the Built Environment.

‘Sustainable Laboratories in a Climate Emergency’

Joel Callow, Director/Founder, Beyond Carbon & David Harris, David Behan, Directors, Etch Associates

We are currently witnessing a meteoric rise in the demand for laboratory space across the UK and this is particularly prevalent within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and the life sciences sector generally.

With the accelerating climate emergency how can we deliver better buildings and campuses to meet the ever-changing needs of our most innovative minds and tread lightly on our planet’s finite resources and vulnerable environment?

The presentation examines how designers and construction professionals can work in close collaboration with their partners to deliver exceptionally low energy buildings in a sector that generally emits between 3-5 times more carbon than most others.

This must be done in conjunction with scientists and researchers as the integrity of the science must be maintained whilst delivering fundamental change in terms of processes and procedures.

‘Client’s Role in a Sustainable Building Environment’

Natalie Dutton, Project Architect, David Morley Architects

Following the IPCC reports, Global Warming of 1.5°C (2018) and the AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis (2021), in which the impact of the current global warming trajectory is illustrated, there is no doubt we are in a climate and biodiversity emergency. In response the UK government has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. According to UKGBC, 40% of total UK carbon emissions are generated by the built environment. In the absence of strict legislation; client aspiration, vision and influence are crucial in achieving sustainable and NZC targets.

The presentation will include actions and watchpoints through the client perspective based on findings from the LETI Client Guide for Net Zero Carbon Buildings with emphasis on the project brief and collaboration; accompanied by real life examples and case studies from David Morley Architects projects.

‘Systems Thinking for a Sustainable Built Environment’

Ele George, Founding Director, Elevate

Ele will explore how systems thinking, a discipline for seeing and managing interrelationships, could be adopted for the construction sector.

Applying a systems thinking approach to sustainability in the built environment helps us to better understand and leverage the cause and effect relationship between our business decisions and their social and environmental consequences.  Another benefit is identifying opportunities for innovation in design that works synergistically to solve multiple problems at the same time rather than tolerating trade-offs between (often conflicting) objectives.

As well as tools for system thinking approaches, Ele will provide examples of these approaches in practice. Through the lens of systems thinking we are able to better understand the interrelationships between people, organisations, technology and the environment within which projects are designed, procured and delivered to build holistic resilient communities.

People: Adding Social Value, Planet: Building with Carbon’

Pat Steward, Head of Opportunity, Agile Homes & Property

Pat will provide an insight into Agile Homes – its purpose and the way in which that purpose is locked into the way it works.  Agile specifically focuses on people and planet.  Pat will show, using examples of Agile’s whole systems thinking and delivery, how social value is added during the manufacturing, assembly, and occupation of Agile’s homes.  Pat will also show how, using natural materials in the manufacture of homes and sustainable construction methods, Agile is helping to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

‘Foleshill Health Centre – the first NHS Passivhaus building’

Peter Ranken, Director of Sustainability, Tooley Foster

The construction of the Foleshill Health Centre follows a three-year study into how Passivhaus design and construction can be used for NHS health centres. The presentation will include:

  • An introduction to Passvihaus
  • how comfortable and low energy health centres can have lower whole life costs than conventional construction
  • How some health centres could be cheaper to build than conventional construction
  • The use of modular construction as a base for low energy design
  • How the challenges of meeting HBN/HTM requirements and those of Passivhaus can be resolved.
  • A video of the building will be shown.

‘Taylor Wimpey’s Environment Strategy’

Ian Heasman, Director – Sustainability, Taylor Wimpey

From climate change to biodiversity loss, the scale of the environmental crisis has never been more apparent. Global temperatures are rising, ecosystems are breaking down and our wild places are littered with plastic waste. We are seeing these changes happen in front of our eyes and the science tells us that we all need to act and to act quickly.

This paper presents Taylor Wimpey’s Environment Strategy, showing how the company will play its part in creating a greener, healthier future for customers, colleagues, and communities. Focussed on climate change, nature, and the circular economy, it will show how the strategy can help create great places to live, meet stakeholder expectations, and improve business efficiency.  It will outline how suppliers can contribute to the company’s environmental goals.

‘Net Zero Carbon and the Healthcare Estate’

Andrew Rolf, Associate Director, Arup

How do we move towards a Net Zero Carbon healthcare estate – the challenges and opportunities.

The presentation will discuss the NHS estate carbon footprint, the aspirations for decarbonisation and the opportunities and challenges presented by the new capital investment programme.

The discussion will touch on the links to gathering better data and more efficient delivery – through Modern Methods of Construction and Platform Construction approaches.

It will also touch on how digital transformation and more sustainable healthcare in the community will underpin the route-map to Net Zero in Healthcare.

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