FLASH Programme

Event archive and resources


  • FLASH Launch and Networking Event
    Wednesday 6 October 15.30 - 17.30 The Kingsway Hall Hotel, London WC2B 5BX
    Introduction to the Flash programme, presentation, workshop and networking event hosted by the Institute for Sustainability.
  • Is the English home at odds with the sustainable agenda?
    Tuesday 2 November 09.00 - 11.00 Gallery 1 RIBA, London W1B 1AD
    Conservation versus innovation. The debate asked if our traditional idea of home is the greatest challenge to innovation and whether guidance for so called ‘character’ areas and conservation was unhelpful. Contributions from Nigel Barker- English Heritage, John Alker- UK Green Building Council, John Christophers- ZeroCarbonHouse and Robert Adam. 
  • Carbon Trading and City Planning with Raoul Bunschoten
    Tuesday 2 November 18.30 RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
    How can carbon trading be used as a potential urban planning tool? Raoul Bunschoten, director of CHORA architecture and urbanism, will discuss the potential of linking the global carbon market, its traders and urban planning across a city or region.
  • Retrofit for the Future Tour- Princedale Project
    Tuesday 30 November 4 – 5.30pm 100 Princedale Road Holland Park London
    A fantastic opportunity to meet key project stakeholders, to see the completed house- a low carbon retrofit of a three storey Victorian terraced social house in a conservation area. As well as looking at how the Passivhaus principles have been applied to the Victorian property, you will be able to meet and gain insights from the architect paul davis + partners, the client, Octavia Housing; and, the contractor Ryder Strategies.
  • Conservation and Eco-retrofit– tackling the existing historic building stock
    Tuesday 18 January RIBA 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD,
    What is a suitable retrofit in the historic environment? The seminar explored the implications of low energy retrofit of a house in a Conservation Area and highlight key questions facing architects, Design and Conservation Officers of local councils, developers and occupiers.
    With Jean Pierre Wack, The Green Register and Eight Associates
  • Persuading your client– the route to successful eco-retrofit projects
    Tuesday 15 February 2011, 17.00 RIBA, 66 Portland Place London
    Low carbon retrofit presents opportunities for fabric improvements, good ventilation and potential renewables.
  • Exterior Solutions in Retrofit- material thinking and innovation
    Thursday 17 February 2011, 13.00 Surface Design Show, Islington London
    What are the optimal materials and approaches for achieving high energy efficiency performance standards? What work is being done to develop flexible and easy to apply exterior materials for tomorrow?
  • Eco-Retrofit – Developing a sustainability tracker tool
    Tuesday 15 March 2011 RIBA 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD 17.00
    What is a suitable standard to assess housing refurbishments? What are appropriate targets? This seminar will provide guidance on how to design a sustainability tracker tool for a specific client or project. The tracker can then be used throughout the design and construction phases to ensure that the original sustainability goals are considered throughout each stage of a project. With Jean Pierre Wack, The Green Register and Eight Associates & Marion Baeli, paul davis + partners. 


  • 13 Joyce Avenue, Enfield N18 2XY
    Friday 18 February
    There are three tours planned for the day at 10am, 11am and 12 midday. Places are strictly limited to 8 people per tour. Tours will last approx 45 mins and will be led by James Traynor, ECD Architects.
  • 11 Tintagel Drive, Harrow HA7 4SR
    Monday 7 March, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
    This visit to a Retrofit for the Future project, due to be completed at the end of March 2011, offers a rare and last-minute opportunity to see the live installation of the solar hot water thermal panels and to hear more about the site development. Hayley Maxwell, Senior Sustainability Engineer for Gifford, will be giving a description of the works and leading a walk through of the site.
  • 20 Follett Street, Tower Hamlets
    Tuesday 22 March 12.30–14.00 and 14.00–15.30
    This Retrofit for the Future project now complete and in occupancy throughout, is a solid wall Victorian house in a Conservation Area and focused on 80% carbon emission reduction through whole house upgrade. Our visit will be led by Robert Squibb, project lead at PRP Architects, with a representative from both the landlord (East Thames) and contractor (Hill Partnerships Ltd). You may also be very interested in seeing the 20 Follett Street Project Video by East Thames featuring the resident Mrs Roberts. You can also view high-quality stills of the construction process at: Gallery Me.
  • Passivhaus Window Fitting at Mayville Community Centre, Islington
    Thursday 24 March 10am
    Justin Bere of bere:architects is offering an opportunity to learn about German techniques for fitting windows including positioning the windows to avoid cold bridging in an externally insulated building; fitting tapes with 'rabbit ears'; positioning windows with inflatable air bags; and fixing windows without plugs and with headless screws in order to ensure the windows are not distorted during fixing.

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